Review of Nemo: Roses of Berlin

nemo_roses_of_berlin_cover_sm_lgby Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil

In Nemo: Roses of Berlin Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neal tell a fun and engaging story that shows how the creators still have a lot to say with these characters after all that we’ve already seen. You can take all the nonsense that Moore has said through the press over the years but you can’t take away his talent because despite him not ever quite reaching the peak of his abilities that he did in the 80’s the guys can still write a mean comic. Part of that comes from this just being a fun romp more or less without some of the heavy baggage that he brings to his other work (NO RAPES!!!) and the other is Kevin O’Neil who get’s to flex his illustration skills something lovely on this issue. He still does sharp lines but the inks are lighter here and it works great to distinguish this book from his past work but what really stands out are several fantastically detailed double page spreads like I’ve never seen from him before and as previously stated there are many. This is connected to The League of Extraordinary Gentleman somehow but you really don’t need any back story to get into it as it’s more then capable of standing on it’s own. You can write off Moore’s opinions these days (as I have) but you can’t deny his talent. Nemo: Roses of Berlin is a strong piece of the duo’s ever growing catalog and while it’s not Miracle Man (what is?) it’s still well worth your attention. You don’t have to like Moore but you can still enjoy him while he’s here. That much is easy.

12 thoughts on “Review of Nemo: Roses of Berlin”

  1. No rapes?!? Are we sure Moore wrote this? 😉
    There is no doubt in my mind that Moore is a bitter, paranoid, bat-shit crazy motherfucker. However, being of that opinion doesn’t affect my enjoyment of his works. He’s created a lot brilliant comics. He just goes on nonsensical rants these days, like grandparents. It’s almost cute.

    1. “No rapes?!? Are we sure Moore wrote this?” I was pretty stunned myself. There is a two page spread of a giant orgy so that might have taken it’s place this time around thankfully.

      1. There was one rape scene of his that I could appreciate and it was in TLEG Vol 2 when Hyde beats and rapes Griffen for what he did to Mina. Retribution is a beautiful thing when evil motherfuckers are made to suffer. 🙂

      2. Moore’s defense of his frequency of rape depictions in his recent interview was that rapes are kind of brushed under the rug so to speak. Whereas comics, film and TV show so much non sexual violence they rarely address rape. He was kind of suggesting that there was an out of sight, out of mind aspect to this. Almost like a conspiracy world wide to give lip service to rape but not actually address how common it is (according to him, way more common than non sexual violence). I’m paraphrasing from his recent interview.

  2. As far as Nemo goes I’ve been burned by a bunch of these “leagueoEG” graphic novels and have been worried about trying another.

    1. Yeah I think I’ve only read one of the LEG books which I liked well enough but not enough to keep reading the rest of the series. From what I understand the last one featured Harry Potter as the Anti-Christ shooting lightning out of his dick which is both intriguing and terrifying. Like I said this a lot lighter then what I’m used to from Moore and that’s kind of refreshing. Plus visually this is purely fucking awesome

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