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Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill Continue the Meta Fictional Adventures in Nemo: The Roses of Berlin – Now at Sound On Sight

Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill have no time for a preamble or set up in Nemo: The Roses Of Berlin, the latest offshoot of their League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series. Within the first couple of pages, they dive right into the story of Janni Dakkar, the daughter of Nemo, and her husband Broad Arrow Jack invading 1940s Berlin to rescue their daughter. When their son-in-law’s airship is shot down over Germany with their daughter inside, Janni and Jack storm Berlin, finding a city that they didn’t expect. It’s not a Nazi driven Berlin (even though Nazis are there.) It’s the Berlin straight out of Metropolis and the imagination of Fritz Lang. Swiftly realizing that it’s all a trap for her and that her daughter is only being used as bait, Janni’s determination only strengthens as Moore and O’Neill show the resolve that the daughter of Nemo has for her family.

Now at Sound on Sight: In Miracleman #1, Alan Moore Shows Us Dreams and Reality

You know all of those 1980s comics that “changed the way we looked at superhero comic books forever:? Before any of them, there was Miracleman by Alan Moore and Garry Leach. Using a Captain Marvel wannabe (the old Fawcett Captain Marvel, not the Marvel Captain Marvel- it’s all very confusing) from the 1950s, Moore and Leach’s 1982 revival of Miracleman (actually called Marvelman but there are whole histories written about that) began the oh-so popular trend of making our superheroes “more realistic.” Moore, a young writer at that time, brought the superhero into the real world of nuclear terrorists and troubled marriages. In Miracleman #1, a reporter named Mike Moran dreams of outer space and colorfully clad men and boys flying out among the stars. A press conference at a local nuclear facility seems like an everyday part of the job for Mike until it is overran by a group of thieves looking to steal some plutonium. Disoriented and dragged outside by the thieves, Mike looks up at a plaque on a wall and tries to read the only word that makes any sense to him, “Kimota.” That word changes everything for Mike and the world he lives in.

Shapes of (comic) Universes– a review of Butcher Baker, the Righteous Maker

Butcher Baker The Righteous Maker is the book the teenage me wanted to make back after reading The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen and American Flagg! With a cover which looks like any generic report cover bought at a Walgreens adorned with its magic marker scribblings of a title and creators, to the anything-goes approach to storytelling and artwork, Joe Casey and Mike Huddleston write and draw a story that features everything there is to love about the deconstructionist superhero comics of the 1980s.

Kevin O’Neill’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 2009

THE BLACK DOSSIER, a wonderful art book if only an appetizer of a story, attempts to be about the magic which exists in our stories. O’Neill visually takes us through an abridged history of stories and narrative while creating a 1950’s thriller/sci fi story for Murray and Quarterman. He creates a world where stories and fictions are as real as you and me. In the end of THE BLACK DOSSIER, the “real” world and this world of stories collide and dreams become real for Murray and Quartermain. The LOEG story which started out as this Victorian meeting-of-the-heroes becomes so much larger than life and the Victorian age as O’Neill shows us a world where all of our stories and so much more all exist in the same continuum.