Top Shelf Productions announced at SDCC today that writer Alan Moore and artist Kevin O’Neill are reuniting for a sixth League of Extraordinary Gentlemen mini-series. Dubbed League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest, this six-issue series will wrap up their sprawling literary crossover once and for all.
The Tempest is a follow-up to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 3, which wrapped up in 2012. The series will build on threads from the previous three volumes, the spinoff graphic novel The Black Dossier and the Nemo prequel trilogy. And from the sound of Top Shelf’s press release, The Tempest may well serve as the final word on both creators’ respective careers:
Tying up the slenderest of plot threads and allusions from the three preceding volumes, The Black Dossier, and the Nemo trilogy into a dazzling and ingenious bow, the world’s most accomplished and bad-tempered artist-writer team will use their most stylistically adventurous outing yet to display the glories of the medium they are leaving; to demonstrate the excitement that attracted them to the field in the first place; and to analyse, critically and entertainingly, the reasons for their departure.
The Tempest will span the full breadth and width of the LoEG timeline, picking up in the aftermath of the team’s battle with the Harry Potter-like villain of Vol. 3 and extending into the 30th Century. Each issue will also include a backup story focused on a ’60s-era superhero team called the Seven Stars. The cover for issue #1 shows that Mina Murray and Orlando will continue to be central players in the story, and the title suggests that the series will focus heavily on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and the sorcerer Prospero, who was revealed to have been a founding member of the original, 16-Century incarnation of the League.
The Tempest could very well wind up being Moore’s final comic book project. Last year the writer announced that he had only about 250 pages’ worth of material left to write. Moore said of his impending retirement, “I think I have done enough for comics. I’ve done all that I can. I think if I were to continue to work in comics, inevitably the ideas would suffer, inevitably you’d start to see me retread old ground and I think both you and I probably deserve something better than that.”
Look for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest to debut in summer 2018.