For nearly 20 years, the superstar team of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill have been mashing up some of the literary realm's most famous characters for a series of globe-trotting, time-spanning adventures in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Now, after three volumes beginning in 1999, the notorious writer and acclaimed artist are singing their swan song with IDW/Top Shelf's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest, a new six-issue miniseries dropping today that will put a defining cap on their memorable run and storied careers.
Though these types of eclectic team-ups are ubiquitous these days, the original The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a remarkable accomplishment two decades ago, stitching together iconic Victorian literature characters like Allan Quatermain, Mina Murray, Dr. Henry Jekyll, the Invisible Man, and Captain Nemo to provide a protective shield for the British Empire. A 2003 feature film starring Sean Connery was even adapted from this intriguing source material, directed by Stephen Norrington.
The 2002-03, six-issue follow-up from Moore and O'Neill adds personalities from Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs, and was a loose retelling of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. 2007's Volume 3, titled The Black Dossier, was produced as a self-contained graphic novel sourcebook for the LOEG Universe, encompassing different iterations of the legendary League in the past, present, and far future.
This fourth and absolute final series opens simultaneously in three diverse locations and times: the panic-stricken headquarters of British Military Intelligence; the fabled Ayesha’s secret African city of Kor; and the glorious domed citadel of ‘We’ amid the ravaged landscapes of Earth circa 2996. This absorbing retirement saga is offered up as a temporal whirl from the lands of Lincoln Island, modern America, and the Blazing World, to the Jacobean antiquity of Prospero’s Men, the superhero-stuffed pastures of the present, and the shimmering horizons of a bright science-fiction future.
Check out our exclusive preview in the gallery below, and let us know if Moore and O'Neill's final bow for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen seems like something you'll trek down to your local comic shop for when The Tempest #1 arrives on July 11.