Coming Summer 2018: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol IV - The Tempest
BIG news coming out of San Diego this week: Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill are - even as we speak - working on the fourth and final volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Entitled The Tempest, it's a landmark volume which will not only cap off the long-running saga of Mina Murray and her erstwhile literary companions, but also mark the retirement of both men from comics work.
The Tempest will be a 6-issue mini-series co-published by Top Shelf and Knockabout, each issue 32 pages in (mostly) full colour, retailing at £4.25. Issue #1 is scheduled for a June 2018 release, and if you've had a standing order with us for League in the past, rest assured that we still have those details on file. If you haven't ordered League before, or fear you may have cancelled in a moment of crazed abandon, just drop us a line to email@example.com and we'll get you sorted.
Press release follows:
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: THE TEMPEST
After an epic seventeen-year journey through the entirety of human culture – the biggest cross-continuity ‘universe’ that is conceivable – Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill will conclude both their legendary League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and their equally legendary comic-book careers with the series’ spectacular fourth and final volume, The Tempest.
Tying up the slenderest of plot threads and allusions from the three preceding volumes, The Black Dossier, and the Nemo trilogy into a dazzling and ingenious bow, the world’s most accomplished and bad-tempered artist-writer team will use their most stylistically adventurous outing yet to display the glories of the medium they are leaving; to demonstrate the excitement that attracted them to the field in the first place; and to analyse, critically and entertainingly, the reasons for their departure.
Opening simultaneously in the panic-stricken headquarters of British Military Intelligence, the fabled Ayesha’s lost African city of Kor and the domed citadel of ‘We’ on the devastated Earth of the year 2996, the dense and yet furiously-paced narrative hurtles like an express locomotive across the fictional globe from Lincoln Island to modern America to the Blazing World; from the Jacobean antiquity of Prospero’s Men to the superhero-inundated pastures of the present to the unimaginable reaches of a shimmering science-fiction future. With a cast-list that includes many of the most iconic figures from literature and pop culture, and a tempo that conveys the terrible momentum of inevitable events, this is literally and literarily the story to end all stories.
Commencing as a six-issue run of unfashionable, outmoded and flimsy children’s comics that will make you appear emotionally backward if you read them on the bus, this climactic magnum opus will also reprint classic English super-team publication The Seven Stars from the murky black-and-white reaches of 1964. A magnificent celebration of everything comics were, are and could be, any appreciator or student of the medium would be unwise to miss The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: THE TEMPEST.
About the Authors
ALAN MOORE is widely regarded as the best and most influential writer in the history of comics. His seminal works include From Hell, Watchmen, Lost Girls, V for Vendetta, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Never one to limit himself in form or content, Moore has also published two novels, Voice of the Fire and Jerusalem, an epic poem, The Mirror of Love, various short films and oral performances, and four of his ground-breaking graphic novels have been adapted into feature films. He was born and still resides in Northampton, England.
KEVIN O'NEILL is the British comics illustrator best known as the co-creator of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (with Alan Moore), Marshal Law (with Pat Mills), and Nemesis the Warlock for 2000 AD (also with Pat Mills). With one of the most unique and detailed styles in comics, he has deservedly earned an enormous worldwide fanbase.