Legendary. The first edition: almost impossible to find, even in digital form. By all accounts, keep out of the reach of children.
You can pick up the softcover Alan Moore / Jacen Burrows PROVIDENCEnow, obviously. And they straightened out the digital option. But this is from the Indegogo and I don’t know how much the hardcover version is really worth. I suspect it’s going to be ‘a lot.’ Oh, well, I’m sure my kids will be happy to sell it for a tidy sum, after I’m gone. After they read it, and cringe: one last mortification for them, from beyond the grave…
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Tempest is Alan Moore’s and Kevin O’Neill’s final foray into the world of the League, and I somehow missed it when it came out. Well, actually, there was a pandemic. It’s kind of understandable, really.
PS: How is it? Ummm… very strange? As one might expect, really.
(Via Facebook) Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I did not rush here to reveal the news that Alan Moore is rereleasing his epic PROVIDENCE Lovecraftian comic series. Nope. First I went and pre-ordered a copy, because the Damned Thing sells at mildly obscene prices and I suspect they’re gonna sell out this print run pretty fast. But, now that I’ve confirmed that I pre-ordered it, I can safely let everybody else know.
I’ve been having some problems with Alan Moore’s later League of Extraordinary Gentlemen graphic novels – nobody seems to have the nerve to tell the man when he’s not being up to snuff – but fortunately Nemo: Heart of Ice wasn’t half bad. Alan Moore-style demented versions of the heroes of the electric pulp genre go to 1920s Antarctica to chase down the daughter of Captain Nemo, and everybody discovers… precisely what you’d expect from that time period and that locale, assuming of course that you are familiar with the most important horror writer of the Twentieth Century.
Which you probably are, at least a little, because you read this site. Anyway, aside from a deliberately-strange (but reasonably so) bit in the middle it’s pretty straightforward and worth picking up, methinks. Or at least read.
(H/T: Pejman Yousefzadeh) They’re calling it “Before Watchmen,” and DC is very eager and honored to have the opportunity to further milk the classic, beloved brand further. Yup: classic. It’s a quarter-century old, you know… and yes, that mean’s that you’re old, too! If it makes you feel any better, well, so am I.
What? Did they ask Alan Moore? Why, of course they didn’t: they have his signature on the original contract from lo, so many years ago, and that’s pretty much all that they need. My sympathies are, by the way, muted: nobody forced Moore to sign those contracts, and DC is paying royalties on use of the characters that he and his associates created, and frankly Moore’s schtick of awesome crankiness about this sort of thing can get a little too self-consciously… dramatic. Yes, Hollywood takes art and makes it commercial. That’s what Hollywood does, folks. People with a problem with that shouldn’t sell them art.