Alan Moore hasn't finished with the fictional world of well-known fictional character's quite yet.
Source: Gosh London blog
Alan Moore's last volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen pushed the famed team into the twenty-first century while pitting them against a Harry Potter analogue that shot lightning out of his private parts. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century was a divisive work that occasionally lost itself due to an overabundance of cultural references. In all honesty, I've always felt that League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is at its strongest when set in the "pre-modern" era.
Luckily, we're about to get just that story with Nemo: Heart of Ice, a 48 page novella focusing on Pirate Jenny, Nemo's daughter and heir. According to solicitation text, the story will have Jenny exploring the South Pole in an attempt to achieve what her father could not. There's also a hint that we might be seeing Cthulhu or another one of Lovecraft's famed Eldar Gods pop up too. Given that League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was what kickstarted my Lovecraft infatuation, I'm pretty pumped for this book.
Here's the full solicitation text:
It’s 1925, fifteen long years since Janni Dakkar first tried to escape the legacy of her science-pirate father, only to eventually take on his mantle and accept her destiny as the new Nemo; the next captain of the legendary Nautilus. A thirty year-old Pirate Jenny, tired of punishing the world with an unending spree of plunder and destruction, is resolved to finally step from her forebear’s lengthy shadow by attempting something at which he’d conspicuously failed, namely the exploration of Antarctica. In 1895 her father had returned from that ice-crusted continent without his reason or his crewmen, all of whom appeared to have mysteriously perished or to otherwise have disappeared. Now Captain Nemo’s daughter and successor plans to take her feared and celebrated black submersible back to the world’s South Pole in an attempt to lay her sire’s intimidating ghost forever.
There are others, though, who have become as tired of Janni’s freebooting as she herself. An influential publishing tycoon, embarrassed by the theft of valuables belonging to a visiting Ugandan monarch, sets a trio of America’s most lauded technological adventurers on the pirate queen’s trail, commencing a nightmarish chase across the frozen landscape with the pinnacles of the forbidding mountains where Prince Dakkar’s sanity had foundered growing ever nearer…
In a fast-paced, self-contained adventure, Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill thrillingly expand on one of Century’s most memorable characters, venturing into dazzling polar territories and fictional domains including those of Edgar Allen Poe and H. P. Lovecraft, with all of these vectors headed for an unforgettable encounter at the living, beating and appallingly inhuman HEART OF ICE.
Hardcover, 48 pages, £9.99.
Due February 2013