“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: The Tempest” has been announced, and will be written by Alan Moore and drawn by Kevin O’Neil. This is being billed as the story to conclude both the epic narrative of “the biggest cross-continuity ‘universe’ that is conceivable” and the careers of “the world’s most accomplished and bad tempered artist-writer team.”
The fourth volume in “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” follows the original series as well as the “Black Dossier,” and the “Nemo” Trilogy with a story that ties up “the slenderest of plot threads and allusions from the three proceeding volumes,” according to the press release.
[Moore and O’Neil] 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 analyze, critically and entertainingly, the reasons for their departure.
The story will open with three simultaneous stories taking place across the globe and across time. In the span of its six-issue run the series will go everywhere from “the fabled Ayesha’s lost African city of Kor” to “the Blazing World.” It will reach into the Jacobean antiquity of Earth’s real past and the future Moore has constructed for us in the year 2996. It will touch on varying genres and themes, while telling stories that feature “the most iconic figures from literature and pop culture.” The press release describes the story as “literally and literarily the story to end all stories.”
Top Shelf Productions and Knockabout, the publishers of the series third volume, the “Nemo” trilogy, announced at this year’s San Diego Comic Con that they would be returning to publish the series’ finale. The first 32-page issue is set to debut in June of next year at the price of $4.99.
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.
— a 6-issue mini-series, each issue 32 pages in (mostly) full color, saddle stitched, 6 5/8” x 10 1/8” (standard comic-book size), $4.99 (US). Issue #1 is scheduled for June 2018.
Co-Published by Top Shelf Productions (US) and Knockabout (UK).