If I sat down with Alan Moore, I’m pretty sure it would turn into an argument.
While I imagine he’s more than likely a nice guy in real life, his interviews in the past few years, especially those on his views on the comic book industry, have not impressed me. His arguments always seem a little… I’m not sure hypocritical is the right word but for a guy who made some of his best work based on other people’s characters (Swamp Thing, LoEG, Superman, Miracleman), his criticism of DC and the artists and writers of Before Watchmen seem incredibly harsh.
But damn, can the man still write a great comic.
(WARNING: You may want to open up wikipedia now. I will try my best to explain which character is from what but it will be brief. Oh and there may be some spoilers in here too)
You’ve been warned.
Nemo: Heart of Ice is the first in (hopefully) a few tales of the League of Extraordinary Gentleman where Moore and artist Kevin O’Neil spotlight solo tales of members of the league. In this case, we find Captain (Jenni) Nemo (the daughter of the original Captain Nemo who we were introduced to in LoEG Century… did I mention that beyond being Nemo’s daughter she’s also Jenny / Pirate Jenny from Three Penny Opera? You still have time to open wikipedia) getting tired of pirating. Sure, it’s all good and fun to steal and murder but Jenni wants more. Specifically, she wants a challenge. Going through her Dad’s journals, Jenni discovers that he did do some exploration in Antartica… which resulted in his traveling companions ending up dead and Nemo Sr. going mad for a while.
Now that’s a challenge.
Nemo and her crew set out for the Antarctic and make preparations.
In the meantime, the people who Nemo last robbed (the Queen of Kor from the novel She) represented by Charles Foster Kane (from Citizen Kane) are plotting revenge. Kane hires a group of techno-inventors (including a renamed Tom Swift) to go after them and retrieve their property and make an example of the crew of the Nautilus.
In terms of story, Moore once again hits it out of the park with a solid adventure yarn. What really amazes me is Moore’s abillity to pull these threads from all of these works of fiction. In this tale he takes from Three-Penny Opera, She, Citizen Kane, The Mountains of Madness and a bunch of other things that I know came from a book or story of some sort. I just couldn’t tell you from what.
Kevin O’Neil hit his stride in LoEG II but has kept up the same pace and refinement with every book since and Nemo is no exception. O’Neil’s work here is beautiful.
Now is this a book for new readers?
If you haven’t read LoEG Century, there will be parts that won’t make any sense (female Captain Nemo). But if you have, rest assured this is another great addition to the League of Extraordinary Gentleman.
I picked up Guardians of the Galaxy 0.1 and have to say, I agree with Andrew’s review of the book almost in it’s entirety. It’s hooked me and is probably going to take the place of Secret Avengers in my floppy buying.
I will be in attendance at Toronto ComiCON along with the rest of Team Geek Hard. If you see us, please say hi… unless we’re in the middle of an interview… then wait and then say hi.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!