Fans of comics legend and bearded recluse Alan Moore and artist extraorinaire Kevin O’Neill will be thrilled today with news that the latest League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen spin-off – Nemo: The Roses of Berlin – will be coming to the iPad courtesy of Top Shelf, Knockabout Comics and the Sequential iPad app.

NEMO_HOI_FC_PromoThere’s no denying that Alan Moore is a visionary comics writer, his résumé speaks for itself. But in recent years as his work has taken a more avant grade and experimental approach, not always for the better. The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, once his most well rounded book has descended into psychedelic insanity, perhaps as a reaction to the ill fated movie, and subsequent books, especially the recent 1969 and 2009 editions, although brimming with inventive ideas became oblique and pretentious. They were still packed full of insightful references from the world of music, art and literature and Kevin O’Neill’s art still bristled with energy and imagination, but as the references became increasingly obscure and the characters often more and more self indulgent each issue seemed to require a degree in occult literature and an epic companion glossary just to make head nor tail of it. Although it is great to know that someone is at least making intelligent comics,  showing off how much you know about obscure literarty characters it does not always make for the most interesting read.