Any new comic by Alan Moore is cause for celebration, but when it’s the penultimate volume of Century that is drawing close to its release date (Century being the third volume in the rich tapestry of literature and illustration that is the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series), then the time can’t pass quickly enough.
From the Victorians of 1910 the story has moved to the swingers of 1969, and the plot, cribbed from publishers of the comic, topshelfcomix.com, is as follows:
CHAPTER TWO takes place almost sixty years later in the psychedelic daze of Swinging London during 1969, a place where Tadukic Acid Diethylamide 26 is the drug of choice, and where different underworlds are starting to overlap dangerously to an accompaniment of sit-ins and sitars. The vicious gangster bosses of London’s East End find themselves brought into contact with a counter-culture underground of mystical and medicated flower-children,
or amoral pop-stars on the edge of psychological disintegration and developing a taste for Satanism. Alerted to a threat concerning the same magic order that she and her colleagues were investigating during 1910, a thoroughly modern Mina Murray and her dwindling league of comrades attempt to navigate the perilous rapids of London’s hippy and criminal subculture, as well as the twilight world of its occultists. Starting to buckle from the pressures of the twentieth century and the weight of their own endless lives, Mina and her companions must nevertheless prevent the making of a Moonchild that might well turn out to be the antichrist.
It’s six months old now, but in Dec 2010 bleedingcool.com published a preview of a page of the artwork here.
And in an interview with the Times Kevin O’Neil (way back in Feb 2009), O’Neil revealed that will final chapter of Century will open in Afghanistan. Read the Times interview here.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969 is due for release:
28th July 2011.
P.S Apropos of nothing, did anyone see Alan Moore pop up the Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle the other night? Surreal. Watch it here.