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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969 (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #3.2)
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 to an accompaniment of sit-ins and sitars. The vicious gangster bosses of London's East End find themselves brought into contact with a counter-culture undergrou...more
“Black Dossier” was really st ...more
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!
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
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
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
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
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
Within it Moore investigates the promises, and failings, of the Hippy Movement, the thin veneer of what was advocated during that period of hope and how badly it went wrong - and was always going to go wrong.
A lot ...more
So why 4 stars? Because Moore touches on so many of my p ...more
Yes, all the pop culture references are there: Crowleye ...more
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
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
It's at times a confusing mess and the pop-culture references are now well out of my cir ...more
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 Egypt ...more