This is the first in a trilogy of Nemo graphic novels by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, long-time stars from the British comic scene, who both have many creations published only in the USA. This features a young Nemo, who is the daughter of the famed Captain Nemo from the works of Jules Verne. When I happened to read the third volume before this one, I had no way of knowing that, which makes it seem that publishing all three in one volume would have helped. At the same time, making it a serial, each about the length of the old comic book Annuals, it stayed in an older tradition for publishing this sort of creation. Back to the work itself, it has twists and turns with interesting crazed characters and ample strange creatures and cool steam punk machines. However, especially fantastic in this volume is the 4-page, prose short story by Alan Moore. It is printed as if it is a news story by "staff writer Hildy Johnson". Including it here again reaches back to the old comics, which had prose stories, included to change mailing or other rates. Of course those stories included in the old comics were most often awful, and this story is the opposite - a hilarious send-up by a talented novelist.
Much as I enjoyed the art and the Lovecraftian Antarctic, this was not Alan Moore anywhere near his best. A lukewarm story with a tedious lead character (the daughter of Capt. Nemo) but with some nice flourishes. So all in all it's quite readable and viewable, but a bit disappointing storywise.
Admittedly, I'm not a fan of Alan Moore, let alone his various League of Extraordinary Gentlemen stories. I can see why the first one or two are acclaimed; they just don't personally suit me. Moore comes across as a very angry, misogynistic writer in his work. This one continues the League story, in the form of a daughter of Captain Zemo, but the book suffers tremendously from being a ponderously written story, in which it seems things are mentioned and dropped, that half the story is being told somewhere else. I don't know if Moore is crazy, drunk, or permanently strung out on drugs, but his work tends to read that way.
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