Absolute League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier
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Absolute League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Special 1)

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England in the mid 1950s is not the same as it was. The powers that be have instituted...some changes. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen have been disbanded and disavowed, and the country is under the control of an iron-fisted regime. Now, after many years, the still youthful Mina Murray and a rejuvenated Allan Quatermain return and are in search of some answers. Answe...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by WildStorm (first published 2007)
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Brooke
From glancing over the other reviews for this book, I'm sure that someone is going to say that I am dense and dull for not enjoying it. That's okay, I suspect that it's true.

I adored the first two volumes of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. They were my first introduction to Alan Moore during the very early days of my comic fandom, and I was delighted with how they were darkly funny and smart and full of literary references.

The Black Dossier, however, tries too hard too be all of those th...more
Sarah
There's two major strikes against The Black Dossier, and neither of them has anything to do with the contents of the book. The first, of course, is that we've been waiting years for this - five years, for many, just to see any new LoEG work; two years since the Dossier itself was announced. Expectations therefore peaked at a high, and that never bodes well for something as unusual and experimental as this.

The second is that this really should have been the final volume of LoEG. But more on that...more
Darren
"The Black Dossier" is not nearly as fun as the earlier editions of "The League." As it begins to dawn on you that a considerable stretch of the book is dominated by text-only pages, you may begin to worry that Moore has become yet another Dave Sim - who, as the years passed on his 6000 page "Cerebus" saga, began to sprinkle in ever-more turgid parodies of great authors, longwinded self-serving rants against feminism and Marxism, and over a hundred pages of theory on the Torah, written in small...more
Dominick
Well. Alan Moore's a very clever fellow, you certainly can't deny that. Not that this book will let you. Virtually every page can be pored over for references to some literary or pseudo-literary or pulp work: newspaper headlines, street names, background details, nameless characters--they all (presumably, since I can't figure out all of them) reference or come from somewhere. It is of course a massive and complex task to weave every fiction and fictional world you can think of into a single narr...more
Corey
Nov 29, 2007 Corey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hardcore fans of Alan Moore or classic literature
I have never been made to feel stupid by a book, except maybe a few math textbooks, but this book came very, very close. I got the very real impression that I should read it again in a few years when I've accrued more knowledge and experience, and maybe even read more books. It's still a spectacular book, but it can get a little self-indulgent at times (you can tell Moore wasn't writing this for anyone but himself) but it almost always errs on the side of entertainment. From a "lost" Shakespeare...more
David Schaafsma
I'd read this before, and now have read it again, and liked it better. Someone said the League series is like a superheroes tale for English majors ( or fantastical tale or comics/myth Super Group yarn), and that seems right, it's all inter-textual and in order to fully appreciate it, you have to have read quite a bit, of both comics and thrillers and mysteries and Shakespeare and this is especially true for The Black Dossier, which brings Mina and Alan Quartermain up to the eighties and Thatche...more
Delicious Strawberry
I really wanted to like this book. After reading Vols. 1 and 2, I was eager to pick this up. However, I was dismayed after reading it. There's a few good parts - I especially liked the narrative of Orlando and his long life, but so much of this book was useless and oversexed. There has always been a bit of sex in LXG, but this book was just over the top, and actually made me less interested. Most of the things in here are just told, and some of the events don't really make sense, especially sinc...more
Brenda Clough
This is not the place to begin on LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN. Decidedly unsuitable for younger readers! It is a spendy hardback volume, and fans of James Bond will be ticked off. And you had better have good vision, plenty of patience, and the flexibility to hop between the various comic and text formats, all the while hanging on to what is happening to the plot and characters.
Having said all that, if you are an LOEG fan this is essential. Moore really lets it all go, the adventuring thro...more
Tony
The art is as wonderful as ever, and the whole kaboodle an eclectic mix of comic strip, plain text and other add-ins but...it is the thinnest story to add to an incredible series.

It feels, as it is presented, like a collection of scraps, background mullings and left-overs without any real arc to follow or develop.

Nice to look at but lacks the 'wow' of, certainly, volume 2
Alex
I loved the first two volumes of League, but this is pretty crappy. I have a theory that Moore wrote this just to mess with overeager fanboys who insist on pretending they love everything he does; it honestly feels like he's putting a lot of effort into making it totally unreadable. In which case, consider it a smashing success.
Amy
I need to be completely honest and admit I hadn't planned on reading this at all after finishing the second volume but I was suckered in by the 3-D glasses. Also I was always terrible at English and having to look for the "deeper meaning" of a story. I think this has a serious affect on my ability to properly enjoy Alan Moore's work.

I know that everything he writes is supposed to have these amazing themes and messages running through them but I can rarely ever really pick them up when reading th...more
Leonardo
Nov 27, 2008 Leonardo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of 19th-century fantasy/sci-fi/adventures books... and walking reference libraries
By now, I've come to realize I'll never be able to read as much as Alan Moore has read in his life... though I dare to say that he is a massive inspiration to anyone who loves the worlds of imagination that literature has created throughout the ages. This thirds installment in the world of the League (which the dreadful movie got all wrong and didn't get any close to matching) is both a summary of the heroes' past adventures, and a very well researched and thoughtful "what if all those character...more
Pete
Alan Moore's reach has exceeded his grasp on this one. Still, parts of this volume deserve at least 4 if not 5 stars - particularly the genuinely cool frame story, which brilliantly places Mina Murray and Allan Quartermain in the thickets of a recently disbanded 1984 style English government. The space port is cool too, and I dig that he envisions a distinction between "government heroes" (spies like James Bond and Emma Peel) who ain't really heroes and the monsters and oddballs that those gover...more
Joseph
Dec 19, 2007 Joseph rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
When the release of this book was delayed, I got a little nervous. Alan Moore has done some amazing things, but he seems to be rather easily waylaid by his own obsessions. As good as the first two volumes of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen were, I could easily imagine him losing his way when it came time to write this book, especially considering its ambitious scope.

I'm more than pleased with the outcome, however. Admittedly, the frame story involving Mina and Allan recovering the Dossier and...more
Thomas
okay, I'm only about 20 pages in, but just flipping through this thing, drooling over the beautiful art, seeing that Alan Moore is aping the styles of Kerouac and Shakespeare, I already want to give it five stars! Jeez, 3-D glasses and a Tijuana Bible! I have the same feeling right now as I did when I bought KISS ALIVE II as a kid and found the temporary tattoos inside.

Later---> Yep, another five stars for Alan Moore. I must admit, I missed even more of the references then I usually do in a L...more
Mark
Ambitious, beautifully produced and thoughtfully written and assembled. But as with a lot of Moore's recent books, it seems to require buying in wholesale to his vision of the medium. Not a terrible thing in itself, but I liked watching Moore stretch the boundaries of the larger mainstream world of comic books. Now, without a lot to limit him, and without the decades of other writers and artists before him that he's able to build on/explode the characters he tackles, it all seems too insular, ma...more
Zioluc
I primi due volumi della Lega degli Straordinari Gentlemen sono una sarabanda eccezionale di citazioni letterarie in salsa steampunk, assemblata con ingegno e gran divertimento e ambientata nel 1898. Questo "Black dossier" prosegue le avventure degli eroi fino agli anni '50 cambiando registro: le parti a fumetti sono solo intervalli tra una serie di testi di un presunto dossier che di volta in volta imitano linguaggio e formato di romanzo beat, tragedia shakespeariana, fumetto per ragazzi anni 3...more
Craig
This was a disappointment. First, the era of the 1950s feels under-represented here. I can't help but feel this story needed to happen in the 60s, where the superspy genre could have been explored more.

If these volumes are to be representative of particular decades, and we know Moore is exploring psychogeography, then what was the 1950s about? How does this volume give any indication as to what the spirit of the age was about? The other volumes are a success on this particular point, and this w...more
Zac
This was read along with Jess Nevins’ web annotations and I quite enjoyed it. It hugely expands upon the history of the LoEG universe, whereas I was expecting this to mostly fill in the gaps between volumes. This one took a bit longer to read than either of the earlier volumes, as there were many different writing styles played with and some were a bit of a harder slog than others. I didn’t expect to be able to get much out of the Kerouac/Burroughs part, for example, but the persistence was rewa...more
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Lo que realmente me fascina es oír, ver o leer a personas que están "decepcionadas" con el "tercer" volumen de esa magna obra que es The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Sobre todo, personas que no han leído Black Dossier, ese "volumen 2 y medio" que, tal y como el presente autor anticipó hace varios años, no tendría edición en castellano.

Black Dossier apareció en Estados Unidos en 2008, y sólo los más fanáticos de esta obra...more
Dan
May 16, 2008 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have read the previous League volumes
Shelves: comics
Moore and O'Neil astound with The Black Dossier, an incredibly ambitious mix of comics and prose unlike anything I've ever seen before. The duo manages to present a multi-millennia history of the League while remaining coherent and entertaining. This is not an easy work to get through, and not a good place to start if you haven’t read volumes 1 and 2. But, it’s an example of the kind of genius Moore has built his reputation on, and more than worth the effort of reading.
Tedbrogan19
“Not thou alone, but all humanity doth in its progress fable emulate. Whence came thy rocket-ships and submarine if not from Nautilus, from Cavorite? Your trustiest companions since the cave, we apparitions guided mankind's tread, our planet, unseen counterpart to thine, as permanent, as ven'rable, as true. On dream's foundation matter's mudyards rest. Two sketching hands, each one the other draws: the fantasies thou've fashioned fashion thee.”
Miik
Nov 07, 2008 Miik rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Moore Fanatics
Recommended to Miik by: My Inner Moore Fanatic
Mr. Moore was a little too pleased at his own cleverness. It was good in an elitist jerk sort of way, but overall the storyline left me cold throughout and fizzled in a spurt of weirdness rarely seen. The rating is for the beautiful imagery and the inventiveness of the back story paper trail, but unless you're a HUGE Moore fan, you'll probably want to avoid it.
Mark Ashmore
A darker edition to the league, this beautifully packaged hardback has a chapter printed in 3D and is so good its actually banned in this country. Either that or there are some copyright issues stopping it from being printed in the UK, brill though.
Matt
Way too dense for a "fun" read but still great. And the 3-D pages are really well done. Go through those again and close one eye and then the other -- there are hidden images you can only see with one eye open. Best use of 3-D comics EVER.
Hester
Does Alan Moore need to have rape and/or degrading sex in every book he writes? Combine that with no plot, and I am never going to finish this book. The section on Bertie Wooster, however, is sheer genius.
Daniel
Inventive is hardly a sufficient word to describe this uneven, but ultimately satisfying romp. The story - really more of a McGuffin-chase than a story - is clearly a chance for the writer to geek out his love of fantastical fiction and his love of the many incarnations of prose.

It must be said, as others have, that woman are, for the most part, objects of lust more than characters. For that reason alone, I almost quit reading. That would have been a mistake, one which I'm glad I didn't make. Th...more
Dave Morris
The apotheosis of British cult icons like Bob Cherry, Emma Peel and Fireball XL5. It's a cool and scary place inside the mind of Alan Moore.
Allanna
Meh. Michael summed it up well -- "There's a lot of sex in it."

I was hoping for more back story ... and easier to read formats.
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“Not thou alone, but all humanity doth in its progress fable emulate. Whence came thy rocket-ships and submarine if not from Nautilus, from Cavorite? Your trustiest companions since the cave, we apparitions guided mankind's tread, our planet, unseen counterpart to thine, as permanent, as ven'rable, as true. On dream's foundation matter's mudyards rest. Two sketching hands, each one the other draws: the fantasies thou've fashioned fashion thee.” 4 likes
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