Nemo: Heart of Ice (Top Shelf/Knockabout) focuses on Janni, the daughter of the infamous captain (featured in the first two volumes of the regular series) who was introduced in Century: 1910. Janni has accepted the mantel of explorer/plunderer, but she yearns to step out of her father's shadow and thus begins her journey to explore the region that bested him: Antarctica. To add spice to the occasion, Janni is being pursued by inventor/adventurers hired to retrieve items she stole from a billionaire in league with a mysterious, other-worldly Queen.
The hook of the series - of fictions within fictions - is still important; it doesn't so much draw from H.P. Lovecraft as muscle it's way into the lore. The so-called Easter eggs are ever present (and Jess Nevins has been working hard to get the annotations up online here), but whereas in the Century trilogy I felt the story leaned heavily on those references, in Nemo: Heart of Ice they simply bring richer layers to the story. In fact after the generally more outlandish, surreal content of the Century books, Nemo... is very much a return to the action and adventure storytelling from the first two volumes of the regular series.
Other books out this week: a modern-day horror take on Wizard of Oz entitled No Place Like Home vol. 1 Home Again (Image); a fantasy, action adventure dose in Archer & Armstrong vol. 1 The Michelangelo Code (Valiant); the full 12 issue collection of James Robinson's The Shade (DC) including a host of artists such as Frazer Irving and Darwyn Cooke; And there are two more stories collected in Crossed vol. 5 (Avatar), working hard to offend.
And finally, Ultron has evolved...
By Brian Michael Bendis and Bryan Hitch. Age of Ultron #1 (Marvel) of 10, promises a shock ending that will lead into the NEXT big Marvel event. Get your very pretty, SHINY FOIL COVER here.
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