What I’m Reading: Nemo: Heart of Ice

March 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’m not especially an Alan Moore fan, but over the weekend I picked up a copy of Nemo: Heart of Ice, the latest installment of Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.  In case you haven’t read any of it or seen the Sean Connery film, the League  series of graphic novels grabs characters from throughout literature and throws them together into a series of adventures throughout several historical periods.

Nemo: Heart of Ice finds Captain Nemo’s daughter, Janni, taking the Nautlius and crew to explore Antartica, where, naturally, they discover some H.P. Lovecraft-type weird.

Bound in a jacket-less hardcover, the book is gorgeous.  Kevin O’Neill’s art is amazing, with a Bosch-like splash pages throughout the book.  (Some pages/creatures directly refer to Bosch.)  Like its pulpy roots, Nemo: Heart of Ice sports some thin characters, but the book’s scientist-adventurers make for a fun ride.

There’s a lot of story in these 56 pages, but with a somewhat unresolved ending, Nemo: Heart of Ice feels like the first installment of a new chapter in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.  Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long for a follow-up.

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