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In the final installment of the League.. spinoff series Nemo, the creators close out their story on the character with an ending that doesn’t feel worthy of it’s predecessors. After years of ho-hum League… sequel’s, Moore & O’Neil’s Nemo series felt like a jolt from the creators with lively swashbuckling alt history/steam punk/sci fi adventures that were fun and heartening. The series clearly peaked on last years excellent Roses Of Berlin as River Of Ghosts feels tacked on and unnecessary in comparison. In it, we are shown the Nemo character taking care of loose ends in the Amazon with a couple stops to meet dinosaurs and merpeople along the way before the crew takes down a factory of robot, blonde bombshell, Nazi soldiers. If that sounds awesome that’s because it should be in theory but therein also lies the problem, this time around it feels predictable and pedestrian. In a way maybe it should be at this point, this is well worn territory explored via the League & the Nemo spinoffs for over a decade at this point, but what’s made those books work is how they managed to keep surprising the reader in spite of all that. The current volume lacks the same imagination or sense of wonder, genre tropes are just there without any distinction and the purpose or stakes of the adventure never translate in the story, there is a lack of urgency and excitement that handicaps the entire comic. Alan Moore has done more great comics work in less than ten years of his life in the 1980’s then most creators have done in an entire lifetime & O’Neil is an artist that has been one of the writers greatest collaborators. Perhaps it’s just as well that this is the final installment on their long running series, it appears that they’ve run out of things to say on the topic.
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.