Heart of Ice

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It's 1925, fifteen long years since Janni Dakkar first tried to escape the legacy of her dying science-pirate father, only to accept her destiny as the new Nemo, captain of the legendary Nautilus. Now, tired of her unending spree of plunder and destruction, Janni launches a grand expedition to surpass her father's greatest failure: the exploration of Antarctica. Hot on her frozen trail are a trio of genius inventors, hired by an influential publishing tycoon to retrieve the plundered valuables of an African queen. It's a deadly race to the bottom of the world -- an uncharted land of wonder and horror where time is broken and the mountains bring madness. Jules Verne meets H.P. Lovecraft in the unforgettable final showdown, lost in the living, beating and appallingly inhuman HEART OF ICE -- Publisher's website.
Publisher: Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions ; London : Knockabout, c2013
ISBN: 9781603092746
Branch Call Number: Graphic Novel Moo
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : cheifly col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: O'Neill, Kevin 1953-
Alternative Title: Heart of ice


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Sep 12, 2018

This is the first in a trilogy of Nemo graphic novels by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, long-time stars from the British comic scene, who both have many creations published only in the USA. This features a young Nemo, who is the daughter of the famed Captain Nemo from the works of Jules Verne. When I happened to read the third volume before this one, I had no way of knowing that, which makes it seem that publishing all three in one volume would have helped. At the same time, making it a serial, each about the length of the old comic book Annuals, it stayed in an older tradition for publishing this sort of creation. Back to the work itself, it has twists and turns with interesting crazed characters and ample strange creatures and cool steam punk machines. However, especially fantastic in this volume is the 4-page, prose short story by Alan Moore. It is printed as if it is a news story by "staff writer Hildy Johnson". Including it here again reaches back to the old comics, which had prose stories, included to change mailing or other rates. Of course those stories included in the old comics were most often awful, and this story is the opposite - a hilarious send-up by a talented novelist.

theorbys Nov 24, 2013

Much as I enjoyed the art and the Lovecraftian Antarctic, this was not Alan Moore anywhere near his best. A lukewarm story with a tedious lead character (the daughter of Capt. Nemo) but with some nice flourishes. So all in all it's quite readable and viewable, but a bit disappointing storywise.

Apr 25, 2013

Admittedly, I'm not a fan of Alan Moore, let alone his various League of Extraordinary Gentlemen stories. I can see why the first one or two are acclaimed; they just don't personally suit me. Moore comes across as a very angry, misogynistic writer in his work. This one continues the League story, in the form of a daughter of Captain Zemo, but the book suffers tremendously from being a ponderously written story, in which it seems things are mentioned and dropped, that half the story is being told somewhere else. I don't know if Moore is crazy, drunk, or permanently strung out on drugs, but his work tends to read that way.


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