Alan Moore is unanimously considered one of the most relevant comic book creators of the modern era. Part of the “British Invasion” of American comics, in which DC and Marvel hired a slew of talent from the UK, he was instrumental in bringing wider recognition and elevation of comics as a literary and artistic medium with such work as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing and Batman: The Killing Joke. At 63 years old, he’s revealed he plans on soon retiring, but it appears he has at least one last loose end to the up.
Yesterday, comic publisher IDW announced that Moore and illustrator Kevin O’Neill have finished the fourth and final volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The six-part volume, titled “The Tempest,” is intended to be Moore’s final work in comics. Few details about the new volume were available at the time of publication, although a cover posted by IDW on Twitter (seen below) seems to imply that the new volume will explore the world of Golden Age superheroes.
In a phone interview with the New York Times, O’Neill told the publication:
“This is the absolute final one. We’re having a ball with it. I’ve never heard Alan happier.”
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has featured a cast of characters from various literary and fictional works, with the first two volumes starring Mina Murray from Dracula, Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and British adventurer Allan Quartermain. Subsequent volumes would feature additional leagues populated with even more obscure literary characters as well as characters from television and movies, including James Bond, an evil Harry Potter, and even Mary Poppins. The series was supposedly concluded with the publication of Vol. 3 back in 2012, but Moore and Neill have recently been re-exploring the world in a series of spinoff comics featuring the daughter of Captain Nemo and the crew of the Nautilus.
Originally published by Wildstorm under their “America’s Best Comics” imprint, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen moved to DC when they purchased the company. Moore and O’Neill ended up pulling the book after a series of disagreements over the movie adaptations of some of Moore’s other work. The series then moved to Top Shelf, which was bought by IDW in 2015.
Moore recently concluded his Lovecraftian horror series Providence, in addition to publidhing a 1,200 page novel titled Jerusalem last year.
Source: New York Times