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Cover, details revealed for ‘Nemo: The Roses of Berlin’

Nemo: The Roses of Berlin

Nemo: The Roses of Berlin

Back in April Alan Moore told Padraig O. Mealoid that he was almost finished with the follow-up to Nemo: Heart of Ice. Titled Nemo: The Roses of Berlin, the graphic novel follows the further adventures of Janni Nemo, daughter of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen member Captain Nemo, as she takes over the family business (and submarine).

Thanks to Forbidden Planet, we now have some additional details on Roses of Berlin, including a cover, a release date and solicitation text:

“From The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen! Sixteen years ago, notorious science-brigand Janni Nemo journeyed into the frozen reaches of Antarctica to resolve her father’s weighty legacy in a storm of madness and loss, barely escaping with her Nautilus and her life. Now it is 1941, and with her daughter strategically married into the family of aerial warlord Jean Robur, Janni’s raiders have only limited contact with the military might of the clownish German-Tomanian dictator Adenoid Hynkel. But when the pirate queen learns that her loved ones are held hostage in the nightmarish Berlin, she has no choice save to intervene directly, traveling with her aging lover Broad Arrow Jack into the belly of the beastly metropolis. Within that alienated city await monsters, criminals, and legends, including the remaining vestiges of Germany’s notorious ‘Twilight Heroes’, a dark Teutonic counterpart to Mina Murray’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. And waiting at the far end of this gauntlet of alarming adversaries there is something much, much worse.”

“Continuing in the thrilling tradition of Heart of Ice, Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill rampage through twentieth-century culture in a blazing new adventure, set in a city of totalitarian shadows and mechanical nightmares. Cultures clash and lives are lost in the explosive collision of four unforgettable women, lost in the black and bloody alleyways where thrive The Roses of Berlin.”

The new volume will be released in April from Top Shelf.

“As for the third one, I’ve got no idea what we’re going to do for that, but that’s part of the charm of them, that it keeps it fresh,” Moore told Mealoid. “We weren’t sure if we were going to do three Janni Nemo stories when we commenced Heart of Ice, but we were so pleased with that, that that seems to be the way that our thoughts are going. It’ll probably be three individual 48-page volumes of the further exploits of Janni Nemo.”




Okay, so I think I’ve figured out Alan Moore’s weakness when it comes to writing LoEG. He should never write one set after 1945.

Volumes 1 and 2, Century 1910 and Heart of Ice were all great. Black Dossier was uneven with an awesomely bizarre ending, Century 1969 was awful and incomprehensible, and Century 1999 was just bizarre and too obviously bitter.

As a result, “Roses of Berlin” should be good, but I fear for its sequel.

@Doug a very astute and accurate observation. Strange how that works…

Counterpoint: Every volume of LOEG has been great.

Maximum possible amount of excited for this one. Moore and O’Neill are bulletproof together.

Great news! Always looking forward to reading.more League every few years.

Here’s something I always thought, and while Alan Moore would never look at these comments I hope he has thought of it himself already. Moore has said he is a fan of Robert Anton Wilson before (youtube his amazing eulogy), and in the famous Illuminatus! it also took place in a world with H.P. Lovecraft mythos as true.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if the Hagbard’s subversive submarine from Illuminatus! — the origins of which were always ambiguous — was Nemo’s submarine and incorporated all that Illuminati stuff into LoEG (all the secret society conspiracy theory already Moore’s porte) just would make so much sense and would make me one happy reader…

I hope Top Shelf will sooner or later come out the post-DC LOEG Omnibus HC edition. Expensive but I will definitely going to buy that monster!


I really didn’t care for Heart of Ice, which is unusual since I loved every other volume. I decided it was the lack of recognizable characters/references in that volume, as every other League book I have a blast catching all the references I can while reading it. The only thing I recognized from Heart of Ice was Charles Foster Kane…

Look up the annotations and see how the characters overlap. It’s fascinating. Half the fun of LOEG is (at least for me) learning about some obscure classics.


You mean you didn’t even recognise the HP Lovecraft references? Or Tom Swift?

Yeah, in the 2009 LoEG doesn’t Harry Potter kill Quartermain with lighting from his private parts and then get beheaded by Marry Poppins? Yeah, I’m done with his stuff.

Sure I did, but that was the obvious stuff. Usually LoEG is layered with references ranging from obvious to obscure, but I felt the last book was like 95% obscure.

Not seeing the problem with any of that. :p

No, Harry Potter isn’t beheaded by Mary Poppins. She turns him into a chalk drawing on the pavement and the rain washes him away. She’s always had that way with things, beheadings not so much.

His private parts are his wand, and vice versa.

I really enjoyed the Century take on Hogwarts. There were so many Harry Potter tropes subverted in the classic LOEG style. Interesting to see people complain about the skewering of Potter, James Bond, Mary Poppins, etc. when they see nothing wrong with Quatermain the opium addict or Mr. Hyde raping the Invisible Man.

i agree with the post 1945 observation. Never thought of it that way before, but it makes a lot of sense

For me the whole series is a magnificently profound masterpiece of brave creativity with no weakness.

PS. I gather it’s technically not just ‘Harry Potter’ but also as much ‘Timothy Hunter’.

Alan Moore should pay no attention to ‘Doug’– Century 1969 was in no way incomprehensible and The Black Dossier works perfectly as it was intended: an LOEG source-book.

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