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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969 (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #3.2)

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969 Volume III, Number 2 Chapter two takes place 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. The vicious gangster bosses of London's East End find themselves brought into contact...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Knockabout Comics
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Sam Quixote
Oof, where to start with this mess? Years ago when the “League” series began, I enjoyed the fact that Moore had used his vast literary knowledge to craft an adventure story within a kind of alternate Victorian world filled with magic and mystery, incorporating the best of Victorian lit into the books. But things got weirder. Things tend to get weirder when Alan Moore is involved but he didn’t seem to have disappeared up his own…self as he has done on past occasions.

“Black Dossier” was really st...more
Shawn
Well, that was worth waiting for! Honestly, it's bit of a bummer (man) - in fact, "a bit" is underselling it - the sense of defeat and despair is palpable by the end. But then, this is a three-parter and if the long wait may make each chapter "feel" like a standalone, one shouldn't walk away from this feeling utterly despondent. But, still... a stone-cold bummer.

I imagine those who hate the 60s in a reactionary way would hate this. And those who blindly love the 60s would hate this. Which means...more
Arthur Graham
"Back in the summer of SIX-TY NINE!!!"

Seriously though - Dracula's ex girlfriend tripping balls at (Jekyll and) Hyde Park? While the astral form of some Crowley-esque magician attempts to possess her body, and that of the Jagger-esque fool on stage? What more do you people WANT?!?!

I, too, enjoyed the Victorian setting of the original series, but it had to go somewhere. Moore could've done a lot worse!
William Redd
I did wonder how Century would play for Moore since the characters he references would still be protected under copyright. Of course, after the magnificent way he handled Black Dossier, often using Kevin O'Neill's art to say volumes as to who the characters are, never mentioning them by full name (or changing the spelling of the name such as Terner). I loved the parallel story involving Jack Carter, one of my favorite Caine characters, especially since this tale takes place just before the event...more
Tobey
Is it just me or is the League just not as much fun anymore? Moore celebrates the liberty he has out from under the thumb of a mainstream publisher, but I would argue that his best work was done when he was operating within the confines of the system he complains so much about.

Starting with Black Dossier (which had many moments of brilliance, don't get me wrong), Moore has been embracing this "Pornography as Art" idea. That's the mad wizard of England's deal, and as long as he is at peace with t...more
Eric
Aug 06, 2012 Eric rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: graphic-novels
I loved the original League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for two reasons -- the re-imagining of classic characters from literature, and the steam-punk Victorian world they were tasked with saving.

With this second installment of the Century trilogy, both of those elements are totally gone from the series. In the first installment, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910, it was already fading, as that was just past the tail end of the Victorian era, and the original league members of Mi...more
Tim Pendry
Initially, I was inclined to be dismissive of this post-modern redrafting of the 1960s to fit the conceits of Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, now reduced to three - the sex-shifting Orlando, a dull and uninteresting Allan Quatermain and the real heroine of the story, Mina.

Fortunately, the clever-cleverness of the references to everything from the Krays and 'Get Carter' via the Rolling Stones and Jerry Cornelius to every possible literary reincarnation (you'll get that when you read it...more
Rick
Jun 16, 2011 Rick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
The new 96 page chapter of Moore and O'Neill's acclaimed series finds the immortal trio of Mina Murray, Allan Quatermain, and Orlando far from the Victorian roots of their previous adventures. Set in London near the end of the mod-sixties, the group continue their century-long war with Alastair Crowley, begun in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 1910 . New allies for the League include Jerry Cornelius and Jack Carter (from the novel Jack's Return Home , popularized as the Michael Ca...more
Mza
Aug 21, 2011 Mza rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mza by: Nobody
Shelves: 2011
... filled to capacity with allusions I got and, I'm sure, ones I didn't ... 1969 seems to have aims similar to those of Mad Men -- demystifying the 1960s and remystifying them w/ a new kind of magick. Unfortunately, Mina Murray's story is only about a tenth as emotional as Don Draper's ...... The ostensible optimism of hippie psych rock is shown to be a stupid colourful mask for the nihilism punk would shove in our face eight years later, but Moore doesn't connect these dots in a way that wil...more
Amanda Leon
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Century 1969 is better than 1910, the first installment in the Century Trilogy, but it still wasn't great. There's something missing in these comics from it's first two volumes and I've concluded that it's the lack of character development from Mina, Orlando and Allan.

As a trio, you have a chance to explore their characters more since it's a smaller group, but there's no real chemistry with the th...more
Christian
How you react to a League of Extraordinary Gentleman story depends, to a large part, on your personal reference pool. Despite being born in the wrong century and in the wrong country, I've long been fascinated with 60s mythology and music, to the point where much of LOEG: 1969 seemed a bit cliche. The 'Rolling Stones singing Sympathy for the Devil as harbinger of the end of the 60s dream' scene is straight out of Don McClean's American Pie.

So why 4 stars? Because Moore touches on so many of my p...more
John
Poor. Loved the first League books, but always skipped the prose sections at the back - tedious and unfulfilling. I really struggled with this book though - I love the 60s and 'got' a lot of the references, but the non-existent story, seemingly forced sexual imagery, uninspiring characters made me put it down, pick it up again, and ultimately limp to the finish. I understand it's the first part in a series, but I'm honestly not sure I can be bothered to continue. I get the feeling Moore did this...more
Leonardo
This new installment of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is best described as baffling, though for anyone new to the series it's probably downright unreadable. Although even a mediocre Alan Moore project is certainly remarkable, I'm afraid that this new chapter in the adventures of Mina Harker, Alan Quartermain, and Orlando is not particularly outstanding on its own, thought perhaps when the whole saga is finally published, everything will make sense. And it's not like 1969 lacks quality, a...more
Rodney
I'm a huge fan of Alan Moore, and I think that V for Vendetta, Watchmen, and Promethea are some of the greatest works of literature of the modern age. As someone who enjoyed the earlier books in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen very much, and who loves this style of literary acknowledgemens to populist culture, I looked forward to the latest installment of the League's adventures with great anticipation. Sadly, I feel somewhat let down.

Yes, all the pop culture references are there: Crowleye...more
Wesley
The second part of Moore and O'Neill's Century, 1969, reduces the team to the core immortals - Mina Murray; Allan Quartermain; and Orlando. Set against a larger than life, Austin Powers style swinging sixties London, the team come together to continue their investigations into the black magician Oliver Haddo and his cult who are making a fresh attempt to usher in a new age with the creation of a Moonchild. The plot revolves around a mix of dead rock stars, sixties counter-culture, London crime b...more
Mel
On the surface this book was Alan Moore's big-black magic-(gay)-acid trip. Mina, Alan and Orlando show up in London in 1969 in order to prevent the birth of the anti-christ, but once again get mixed up with Oliver Haddo whose not quite as dead as everyone thought. But the book looks at Mina trying to come to terms with her immortality. A Victorian woman in the late 60s, wearing mini-skirts and picking up slang, taking drugs so she doesn't seem square and not really being able to connect with the...more
Jacob
Goodreads unfortunately lost my initial review of this book created from my Android phone so I'm starting over:

Once again I think I understood only a fraction of the things Alan Moore throws into his psychedelic tales. I was able to clue in on certain details and character cameos based on 1969 the year within the title. I witnessed what appeared to be the 2nd Doctor Who, Woodstock, Jim Morrison singing Alan Moore songs in the vein of The Doors music, Beatles Yellow Submarine psychedelia, George...more
Peter Tupper
After my defence of Alan Moore's Neonomicon, I'm acting as something of an Alan Moore apologist.

I think a lot of the criticism charged against Century in general and 1969 in particular is missing the point.

Try to read through it without paying any attention to all the background stuff. The story still works without it, or rather, you only need a basic understanding of how the LOEG universe/project works to understand it.

Concentrating on the story and the primary characters shows just what's g...more
Andy
Sep 22, 2011 Andy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Messrs Moore and O'Neil return, peddling their bizarre creation onto an unsuspecting public. In the middle section of the 3rd volume we now find a dwindling and almost unrecognisable (visually and characterwise) League struggling to fit into the late 60s. The plot is thin and briefly played out over a lot of pages of brightly coloured and dense artwork (still brilliant), nudity (lots of penis) and free love.

It's at times a confusing mess and the pop-culture references are now well out of my cir...more
Dan Venning
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is almost certainly my favorite comic, beating out other strong contenders like Watchmen, DMZ, Buffy: Season 8, and the incredible (relative) newcomer The Unwritten. This is partially because it is filled to the brim with literary allusions, but also because the density of the illustrations makes every panel a complex story. As an example, in one panel, Hitchcock can be seen in profile, just as in "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"--and that's perfect. Although by...more
Giuseppe
Much better than last book, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910.

Moore plays with his characters and their endless possibilities to live through years. So we had an idea how time affects people: Mina trying to stay young, Allan (reincarnated?) becoming a kinky groovy, and Lando looking for his/her natural dimension due to his/her chamaleontic nature. So Moore and O'Neill focus on them, much more than in the past, revealing us their fears and anxieties. One gets the idea the plot i...more
Travis
An interesting story, that is hurt by Moore's current fixation with sex and the overdone theme of 'this is a dark century'.

It's 1969 and Mina's current version of the LoEG has returned to England after their self-imposed exile. There have been rumors that the evil mystic Oliver Haddo( who may not be as dead as they'd hoped he was) or his followers are trying again to summon a 'moon child'.

It's all mixed in with swinging London, gangsters, a rock festival, Mina's immortal mid-life crisis and of c...more
Helmut
Swingin' Sixties, Satanismus und Superhelden

Die Story von League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. III, die 1910 begann, wird fast nahtlos weitergeführt: Zwar sind fast 60 Jahre vergangen, doch neben den ewig jungen Helden Quatermain, Orlando und Mina Harker ist auch ihr damaliger Feind immer noch präsent, wenn auch auf eine andere, sinistre Art und Weise...

Während Moores Erzählweise sich kaum geändert hat - er schreibt immer noch aufreizend verquer, komplex und voller kaum verständlicher Anspielu...more
Andrea
1969 is the second chapter of the third volume of The League of Extraodinary Gentlemen. The references are more cryptic: mainly TV series of which I have never heard of, nothing ever minimally stimulated my imagination. The game seems sterile to me.
To this must be added that the story is short-breathed. The issue of the inadequacy of Mina and Allan, outwardly young people but hopelessly old inside, has been introduced. Though this is an interesting one, I did not really enjoy this chapter.
Richard Barnes
More Alan Moore!!! There is no point reading this book on its own, it has to be read as part of the whole saga of the League.

After the simpler pulp fare of Vols 1 & 2, The Black Dossier went into very strange new directions. Part 1 of Century (1910) was really an intro but now, in 1969, the whole story ramps up a lot.

As always, every panel is a challenge, trying to spot the gazillions of pop culture references, and spotting the Carry On cast in a nightclub and the 2nd Doctor Who in the stree...more
Lord Humungus

I made the mistake of thinking there were only two books in this series of LOTG, so I read Century 1910 and Century 2009, completely ignorant of the middle volume for at least a year. Reading Century 2009 I felt I was missing out on some secret history, but really, half the time that's how I feel reading LOTG anyway.

The literary references seem diminished in this one, with a lot more pop culture references (comics, TV and film). There was a tiny semblance of plot in this one, but the reader and...more
William Holm
Alan Moore used to be the man. When "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" started out in 1999 it was a like watching a Fellini movie, a master playing around. Unfortunately this latest installment does not give the same pleasure. As the title indicates it is set in 1969 and as usual there are numerous references to popular culture. The problem is that the story is not very captivating and the characters seem stuck. "The League" in this volume consists only of three members and they seem tired...more
Joseph
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Zak Kizer
I was a huge fan of the first 2 volumes in this series, but the first part of the Century trilogy, 1910, left me with mixed feelings, mostly due to the just the strangeness of the storyline. Unfortunately, while part 2, 1969, is definitely an improvement over 1910, it still has many of the same problems. The strangeness while toned down from 1910, is still present, but this novel makes up for it with some of the most beautiful psychadelic art I've seen in a while. Don't get me wrong it's very tr...more
Felix
I'm a huge fan of Alan Moore's work and really enjoyed the previous installment of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 1910. But this one was a bit of a letdown. It seemed to me, like the whole story was just a frame or bucket to put as many references to 1960s pop-culture in as possible. I found it hard to keep up my interest in the characters and a plot that is moving at a snail's pace. Maybe it's just that I'm out-of-sync with the sixties (which might have something to do with my n...more
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