Purgatorio 18 Annotations Up – Closing the Curtains

Panel from Cinema Purgatorio #18 – art by Kevin O’Neill

That’s all folks. AFAWK.

Cinema Purgatorio has come to an end. The initial eighteen-issue run has concluded.

Your hard-working annotations team have posted our once-through for all of the stories in issue 18. Access all the annotations via the index page. Let us know what we missed or got wrong.

There may be sequels, prequels, collected editions, absolute editions, unauthorized companion editions, and what-not still to come. It looks like the Moore/O’Neill Purgatorio and Gillen/Lopez Modded storylines have concluded, while Code Pru, A More Perfect Union and The Vast still have more to come. Avatar Press hasn’t announced any further publications for any of these just yet, though – and their publishing output appears to be slowing down.

For some of us obsessive Alan Moore fans, it is feeling like the end of an era.

There just aren’t a lot more Moore comics on the way. Moore and O’Neill have one more issue of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – The Tempest due out in late June. After that there are no more Alan Moore comics in the pipeline. Moore has stated that he’s retiring from comics, focusing on other things – including poetry and film. Moore’s latest film project The Show – a collaboration with director/photographer Mitch Jenkins and many others – is due to premiere very soon.

More hasn’t ruled out occasionally dabbling in comics, contributing¬†occasional pieces to anthologies and the like. But he’s pretty much done. Moore has announced his comics retirement before, and has managed to continue to create… but this time feels more final.

There are a couple of lingering projects still to look forward to.

There’s The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic, billed as a “320-Page Super-Deluxe Hardcover, co-written by Alan Moore and Steve Moore, and illustrated by various luminaries from the comic book field.” It’s not all comics, but it includes comics. Co-author Steve Moore passed on in 2014, so the collaboration is complicated.

There’s also a rumored unnamed post-Providence H.P. Lovecraft-inspired project.

From time to time, there are also re-issues – from the expanded Lost Girls to the colorized edition of From Hell – which shed light on Moore’s oeuvre.

None of this detracts from the enjoyment of Cinema Purgatorio. Moore and O’Neill have again produced a fascinating arc. Like so much of Moore’s work, Purgatorio is interesting and digestible on a surface reading, but yields deeper meanings with further research and re-readings. While doing their story, Moore and O’Neill roped in other quality creators to craft contributions to a highly enjoyable comics anthology.

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