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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume One (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  33,107 ratings  ·  849 reviews
Finally in paperback! Take a group of extraordinary literary figures like Allan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll, the Invisible Man and Mina Harker and put them together to save England from its enemies.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Turtleback Books (first published September 2000)
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Kat Stark


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 didn't.

I know, I know. I've previously whined about the terrible Joker adaption that I recently read, but really, th
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Jean Grace
Jun 14, 2008 Jean Grace rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: steampunkers only
Bah. This was another disappointing read for me. I had high hopes for this series. This book brings together a problem-solving team composed of characters from Victorian lit: Mina Murray (whose brief marriage to Jonathan Harker has ended badly), the Invisible Man, Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, and Henry Jekyll & Edward Hyde. While Sherlock Holmes is not present in the flesh, he is certainly on everyone's minds. How could such a premise go wrong? Maybe Moore just needs a lot more space and ...more
Brad
It's easy to see The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol.1 as a fluffy action confection. It doesn't smack you in the head with a puddle of blood and a happy face pin like Watchmen. Nor does it open with a girl about to be raped in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Fascist London like V for Vendetta. It doesn't open with extreme gravitas.

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
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Ben
Alan Moore has had terrible luck with the film industry. The only adapatation of his work that he had the presence of mind to disavow before its release was the surprisingly good "V for Vendetta." The others of his works produced for the screen were the tepidly-received "From Hell" and the god-awful "League of Extraordinary Gentleman" adaptation, "LXG."

The film was stillborn, creatively, lacking the tongue-in-cheek humor and moral ambiguity that made the books so enjoyable, and was very obviousl
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Stephen
1.5 to 2.0 stars. I was really disappointed with this graphic novel after going into it was high expectations. Not quite bad enough to rate 1 star as there are some clever scenes and some of the dialogue is engaging. On the whole though, this is an AMAZING CONCEPT that deserved better treatment than it received here.
Andy
Great concept, terrible execution. Moore manages to reduce about a dozen Victorian adventure classics to fit into his apparently pea-sized brain, and out comes this. This book offended both my conservative and my liberal impulses, with banal pornographic sequences, flat, amoral "heroes" and offensive Asian stereotypes. (Moore has less sympathy for Chinese people than Tolkien has for orcs.) This book certainly isn't suitable for children, and it's too childish for me. So I don't know who the audi ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I admit I saw the movie first. With that out of the way, I am going to try hard not to compare the two in my review, even though I did when I was reading. I will just add that I have no quarrels with the casting decisions all around (not including the addition of Dorian Gray and Tom Sawyer). I've been wanting to read this for a while because I love mashups, and I have a particular love for Victorian genre fiction and literature. I finally bit the bullet and pulled this off my library shelves.

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earthy
Great concept, horrible execution. The art is atrociously awful, and sexism and racism abound (perhaps legitimate given the time period, but is it necessary to revel in them with such glee?). As a diehard Sherlockian, I was a bit confused about the timing--this story takes place in 1898, and Sherlock Holmes is believed dead; however, his "hiatus" was actually 1891-1894, so he'd totally be around at this point. As continuity errors go, it's a big one, since the plot and particularly the villain a ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Sorry...not my cup of English Breakfast Tea. I found it rather disappointing. I'd never read any of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen before this, I'd only seen the movie (of course it was a bit disappointing to so...)

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
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Travis
Moore takes what is basically fan fiction for English lit. majors and creates one of the best comics to come out in years!
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
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William Thomas
I think I may have already beaten the 'racism in Moore's work' to a pulp already, so I'll refrain. Maybe. Maybe not. I think maybe he prefers to write about 19th Century happenings because it allows him to use it very freely. In an era of phrenology and modernist colonial rule. An era dedicated to proving racial superiority in a scientific manner. Maybe this allows him to voice some of his own opinions? Prejudices? Maybe he wants to paint the era in a darker light than most would have us believe ...more
Terence
I picked this up from the Covina Library's shelves on a whim, and wasn't disappointed. It's Moore's usual take on our heroes (and Brad's review anent that here explores that aspect cogently), as well as being entertaining.

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
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Helen
Quite simply... I was not amused.

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.
Suna
Witty, dodgy, irreverent, sharp, politically incorrect. Adventurous, sexy, unapologetic, Brilliant.


After always having been into Victoriana and all things steam, the re-imagining of Nemo by Moore and O'Neill in 1999 partly inspired www.steampunkindia.com




Emily
I really loved the characters and the formation of the League, but was pretty underwhelmed by the actual storyline. It felt like this volume was about collecting the characters, and secondarily about the "plot." I'm excited to get to Volume 2; hopefully, without having to re-introduce the characters, it will move a bit more quickly.

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
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Nancy Oakes
My first graphic novel but certainly not my last. Oh my! What a treat for the reader. You have a gathering of some of literature's finest: Mina Harker (now Murray) from Bram Stoker's Dracula, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll AND his dark counterpart Mr. Hyde, Allan Quartermain from H. Rider Haggard's awesome novel King Solomon's Mines -- who all come together under the direction of a strange character named Campion Bond. It seems that a nefarious underworld gang has stolen a vital propellant which ...more
Julie
A load of crap. A really cool concept (fictional characters forming a team of secret agents/superheroes) that was not well-done AT ALL.

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.
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Self Obstructs
An interesting take on the characters from famous novels if you put them into a twisted little world that Alan Moore creates for this series. I love the actual art: so many shadows to emphasize character emotions and expressions, with a quirky way of looking at the Victorian era. This first book looks to show how all the main characters come together, and a large mystery/adventure they all undertake, like the perfect hitman team. I would suggest this as a nice quick read, as long as the reader d ...more
Sarah Sammis
Quite enjoyable. As a fan of 19th century adventure novels, I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel. I wish I could read Arabic and Chinese to fully understand what happened. I also just recently saw the film version and enjoyed it as well. I think both versions highlight the strengths of their respective media. I will say that the comic version of Nemo's sub is slightly more believable than the cinematic version plus I have to give credit to the graphic novel remembering the sequel The Mysterio ...more
David Schaafsma
I read this a few years ago quickly, and Greg suggested I reread it because I didn't think it was as awesome as he did… :) It is great, I think, on rereading, getting all these nineteenth century mythical/fantastical/literary heroes together to fight crime and save England…. a lot of fun and as are most things by Dean of Comics Moore, smart and entertainingly smart. The art work by O'Neill is great, too.
Cindy
Despite the rampant sexism and racism, this was a lot of fun! (I feel more than a little dirty for admitting that, btw.) But why oh why oh why did the publishers agree to include "Allan and the Sundered Veil?" A collection of vomited adjectives, I couldn't bring myself to read more than a couple of pages of that tripe. What a shame that it tarnishes the rest of the book.
Bryce
Steampunk meets a pastiche of Victorian adventure tales. Thank goodness Wikipedia exists, because each and every panel is filled with fascinating and esoteric references to history and literature and readers can spend hours exploring them.
John Yelverton
I read this book because I actually liked the movie. They have virtually nothing in common.
Callista
Just didn't care for the old-fashioned racist slant, the characterizations, or the art.
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
The League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle­men, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore is a graphic novel col­lect­ing issue from the first run of this pop­u­lar series. A movie by the same title was made in 2003, how­ever don’t let that turn you off from read­ing this won­der­ful rendition.

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
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Amanda Leon
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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
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Reebs
Not exceptional, but still a fun and interesting read. The movie really didn't do it justice at all.
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
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Phillip
As, I suspect, with many people who first encountered TLoEG through the 2005 film version, I was surprised by this graphic novel, which is quite different than the film. For one thing, Allan Quartermain is really not all that helpful in the graphic novel, while in the movie he is the driving force of the group (though I suppose if you get Sean Connery for your film you give him the best part possible)--instead the major character in the League is Mina Murray (Mina Harker in the film). I can only ...more
Becky
Definitely an adult comic. Overall I enjoyed it. It was exciting, and really fun to see some of my favourite characters back in action.
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
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T.A. Grey
I was hooked within three or four pages. As someone who's never read a graphic novel before, I can say I had a darn good time.

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
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“I thought as much. Miss Murray, though I am a beast, do not think that I am stupid. I know that I am hideous and hateful. I am not loved, nor ever hope to be. Nor am I fool enough to think that what I feel for you is love.
But in this world, alone, I do not hate you. And alone in this world, you do not hate me.”
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“Bond believes we are his pawns. He thinks no-one observes his game. But I am No-One. I observe everything, and to play with Nemo is to play games with Destruction.” 5 likes
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