The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1)
London, 1898. The Victorian Era draws to a close and the twentieth century approaches. It is a time of great change and an age of stagnation, a period of chaste order and ignoble chaos. It is an era in need of champions.
In this amazingly imaginative tale, literary figures from throughout time and various bodies of work are brought together to face any and all threats to Br
Alright, so because I loved Watchmen so much, I decided to try out this comic for size. I usually really like Moore's storylines and I adored the movie, so I figured why the hell not, I'll try it.
Now I know that a lot of people complained and gave the movie shit. I also know that a lot of people hated the interpretation of the various literary characters presented in the story.
I know, I know. I've previously whined about the terrible Joker adaption that I recently read, but really, t...more
Instead, we get a fun variation of the classic spy mission opener: Mina Murray (nee Harker, nee Murray) is ordered on a mission by Campion Bond (grandfather of 007) to...more
The film was stillborn, creatively, lacking the tongue-in-cheek humor and moral ambiguity that made the books so enjoyable, and was very obviousl...more
A brilliant adventure story with a ton of fun cameos and a wicked sense of humor.
The mystery is clever, the character interaction is great, there are so many cool adventure moments and Kevin Nowlan's art perfectly suits the vibe Moore is trying to create.
only drawback is I now drive my friends crazy by creating all kinds of different LoEG type groups in my mind and then havin...more
This, like a lot of books that I've been disappointed in is one I think is a good idea. It just doesn't, "come off". Willamina who is not Mina (am I the only one who actually read that novel????). Allan Quatermain is an opium addict, Captain Nemo is still trucking around under...more
Unfortunately, the library doesn't have any of the subsequent volumes so it may be a while before I can continue my adventures with the League.
One thing I especially liked about the comic was the inclusion of Mina Murray in the all-boys-club League. She always has been my favor...more
Exasperation experienced at the American edition for the actual fudging out of the word "fuck" when Quatermain does Mina up against a tree.
Favourite line uttered by the rapaciously delicious Hyde:
"Nice shot. For a wog."
I fancy him.
Addendum: After always having been into Victoriana and all things steam, the re-imagining of Nemo by Moore and O'Neill in 1999 partly inspired me to do my own project, which gestated for years until I...more
I've also read Alan Moore's From Hell, which was littered with some pretty mind-boggling allusions and references. (I actually read it for a class about Victorian se...more
Hey, if you like rape, you'll love this book. If you like weak female characters, you'll love this book. If you like rooting for the rapists, you'll love this book. If you like your graphic novels chock full of men (but not in the fun way), you'll love this book. If you love the Castle Anthrax, but wish it had one of _those_ dungeons in it, you'll love this book....more
Too much blood and skin; not enough plot and characterization. It seems the authors picked up on the sexism and anti-foreigner sentiments of the Victorian era and forgot completely about the sense of polite restraint. It was rather painful to see some of my favorite characters turned into hussies, druggies, and... well, so forth.
Alas, poor concept, you've been spoilt utterly by a Moore-onic artist.
Campion Bond, Director of England’s Intelligence service — MI5, has recruited a team of inventors, scientists, spies and adventurers who are known for being able to get their job done no matter what. This team consists...more
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore is basically a Victorian Era Justice League led by famous literary characters.
This is a brilliant concept and if you like literature, it's really fun reading about different characters from different classic works go up against each other. I read this in a few hours and it's great fun and highly entertaining.
One thing I have to mention is the sexism and racism in the...more
Hmm let's see. Sexist yes, racist yes, excessively violent yes. I understand this was done with the purpose of staying true to the time, and it didn't really bother me for some reason (I was expecting abundant and very blatant phrases and such after reading several reviews, but that wasn't really the case).
The idea is phenomenal. I absolutely love it when characters from different universes, par...more
I believe the ever-present sexism and racism was purposefully overdone, because at times the dialogue seemed to go out of it's way to be offensive. It was funny most of the time. Sometimes it wasn't. Less than a third of the way into the comic Mina nearly got raped twice. Then there was Griffin, impregnating teenage girls in the name of God.
There was a lot of i...more
This book tickles my literary knowledge with famous characters from even more famous books such as the leader character (gasp, a woman!) Willhemina. That's Mina as in the Mina from Bram Stroker's Dracula. And of course there's the rest of the supporting cast, Alan Quartermain (who Indiana Jones was based after), the exotic Captain Nemo, the combustive Dr. Jekyll, and the...more
If I have one major gripe with many "graphic novels" today is that they are trying too hard to create "art", and by "create art", I mean, "avoid even the barest wisp of entertainment". If you've...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
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But in this world, alone, I do not hate you. And alone in this world, you do not hate me.”
Mina: And you, Sir, should not look up.You have me at a disadvantage and I trust you'll not misuse our situation.”