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Absolute League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #2.5)

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  5,369 Ratings  ·  395 Reviews
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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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
Feb 05, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2008 Darren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
Jun 05, 2016 Martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
See Brooke's review, which pretty much says what I have to say about this book.

I thought that integrating all these disparate threads of English fiction was a good - if overly ambitious - idea, but leave it to Alan Moore to attempt just that. Some of it works. The prose sections were tedious and self-indulgent, and they totally killed any momentum the book was trying to build up to that point. I eventually skipped those; I feared that I wouldn't be able to finish the book otherwise! The last 17
Dec 22, 2007 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
What the hell did I just read?
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
Nov 23, 2007 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 28, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I have finished it although I think now I need a lie down.

Seriously though along with the trade mark thinly veiled references to British pop culture, literary figures and historical events, with a slight twist (to avoid international copyright or the fact that it makes you stop and think when you half recognise something), the book is a mind twisting series of stories within stories, from those dealing with current events to those that make up the legendary history of he league.

The book is
M Strawberry Reviews
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
Sep 05, 2012 Brenda Clough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 12, 2010 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 15, 2008 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books, classics
Brilliant and exhausting. A thin plot is saved by the ga-zillion appearances and sheer amazement that Moore is able to tie together the entire history of literature into one world. Too many neat bits to list and some great characters.
Only gripe was I was pretty well fed up with the constant sex references by page ten.
Jan 06, 2009 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The art is as wonderful as ever, and the whole kaboodle an eclectic mix of comic strip, plain text and other add-ins 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
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Reseña de Alberto López Aroca:

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
Apr 07, 2011 Pete rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you skipped or skimmed the appendices of the first two League volumes, you can probably skim or skip this volume. If, however, you enjoyed all the world-building, prose pastiche and obscure jokes and references in those appendices, this volume will be right up your alley. There's a thin framing story in which Mina Murray and Quartermain escape from "Jimmy" Bond (Moore's unbridled contempt for the character of Bond and everything he represents is maybe the best thing about this volume) and oth ...more
Jan 08, 2008 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I pick up one of Moore's League books, I'm blown away. He somehow manages to make me simultaneously feel smart for all of the references I catch and stupid for all the ones I know I've missed. This mad notion of knitting together all of the fabled literary worlds and characters into one (mostly) coherent history shouldn't work, but it does.

This newest bit of League history has a whisper-thin plot, but that's really just an excuse to further flesh out this amazing world and to have te
I don't know what the hell happened with "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier," as it got seriously out of whack, especially following the first two volumes. Volume One read like a classic Victorian adventure and Volume Two read like a sci-fi serial, but this one just spun out of control going in kooky directions. And, not only that, it did so in a long, grueling dense way. It's more espionage than adventure, as it focuses on something called the Black Dossier, which has the ent ...more
Nov 26, 2008 Leonardo rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Chock-full of derring-do, sexy times, rocket rides and harsh governmental oppression, The Black Dossier reunites several characters from Moore and O'Neill's seminal League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, this time in 1958. The fascist era of Big Brother is winding down, and a secret black dossier on Britain's most famous covert operation is stolen from the former Ministry of Love by a youthful-looking pair of spies. The pair's story in the present intertwines with excerpts from the dossier, which de ...more
Oscar Salas
Jun 30, 2015 Oscar Salas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Me tardé tres meses en leerlo, y ahora que lo terminé entendí que no podía demorarme menos. En lo personal, este libro es el final de un viaje, uno que ha sido una alucinación, pero también una de las experiencias más estimulantes, tanto como lector, como creador.
Sin afán de convencer a nadie, Dossier Negro es un canto de amor al pulp, a la literatura trash, a la cultura popular, a lo desechable, pero también a la nobleza de la fantasía, la ciencia ficción, la aventura y el noir. Un tributo sent
Nov 14, 2007 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Nov 14, 2007 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, alan-moore
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
Dec 30, 2007 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Feb 21, 2014 Zioluc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fumetto
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
Jorge Jaramillo Villarruel
No es la mejor versión de la Liga de Caballeros Extraordinarios, pero no deja de ser una pieza importante y fundamental para este universo, y uno de los textos más difíciles de mr. Moore, en cuanto a referencias se refiere.

Compuesto por obras en prosa, cómic dentro del cómic, caricaturas, anuncios falsos, experimentos de texto, incluyendo una escena inédita de Shakespeare (escrita por Moore) sobre la reina Gloriana, Black Dossier es uno de los "cómics" más complejos que se han elaborado, y lo po
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
What an odd concoction. The gazeteer at the end of Vol. 2 suggested that Moore was tired of the whole Victorian secret history adventures format and possibly wanted to apotheosise the cast and be done with the League. Instead, a sequel, where a randy, rejuvenated Mina and Alan run around some sort of post-Big Brother England reading about their escapades over the past century in a series of clever pastiches (of Shakespeare, Wodehouse and the Beats amongst others) and finally escape to a kind of ...more
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

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