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La Ligue des Gentlemen extraordinaires : L'Intégrale (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1-2)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  861 ratings  ·  56 reviews
At last, the original two LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN epics are collected in a single, hardcover edition!
In this amazingly imaginative tale, Allan Quatermain, Mina Murray, Captain Nemo, Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, and Hawley Griffin, the Invisible Man unite to defeat a deadly menace to London and all Britons!
Then, one month later, the skies over England are fil
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Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 2001 by Éditions USA
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Lindz
Mostly enjoyable, but my attitude at the end was more along the lines of "Gah, finally done." It was good at first, a fun little romp around Victorian literature - for me, I liked guessing which book/person was being referenced before they were introduced. But the jokes got dry after the dozenth repeat - 'haha Victorians were so racist/sexist/prudish' is good maybe twice. Not to mention the omnibus had these interminably long prose sections which were okay, but in tiny print and kept with the st ...more
Kayla
As a part of the genre, four stars. As Alan Moore, two stars. For a feminist heroine, Mina sort of seems like she's just there as a pair of breasts to be oggled over by the other, much stronger, male characters. *spoiler*






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In the end, she even proves too weak to handle it all and goes into a commune. Also, Alan Moore does not excell at prose. However, there are many pros. I loved all the literary references and now I prefer Hyde to Jekyl (by a whole shit ton too, the Griffin-raping, Woman
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Theresa
This just wasn't for me; I couldn't even be bothered to finish it.

I think Alan Moore is a pretty heinous writer, although it seems most people would disagree with me... plus I couldn't get into the art style. (The artist is good at drawing big scary dudes and monsters. Women: not so much.)

Bummer!
Kate
I much prefer the first volume but it was still lots of fun to read. The differences between this and the badly conceived film are just staggering, they really aren't from the same family at all despite what the name suggests.

The first volume is the amassing of everyone to form the league. Mina Murray, our no nonsense team leader fresh off a divorce from Jonathan Harker, fetches opium addict Allan Quartermain, rampaging Mr. Hyde (and the good doctor be default), the thought dead Captain Nemo, an
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Jesse
I've read both League volume one and two already, so I'm mostly going to review the book itself here. Obviously these stories are the bees' knees. If you haven't already experienced the Wold Newton extravaganza that is the League of Extraordinary gentlemen then you need to run out right now and do so, cause you are only living half a life and its the sucky half so go read this.

I'm extremely happy that they re-released this in hardcover. I briefly owned and got rid of both volume in there origina
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Scapeghost
Combining volumes 1 and 2 of LOEG makes for a thick book, and with the narrative density of Moore's writing and the sharply rendered details of Kevin O'Neill, it reads like the best of novels. It includes, of course, all the extras from the comics and original TPB collections, from the substantial and brilliantly written prose stories and accompanying illustrations, to the board game designed by O'Neill for the second volume. The first series began not long after I rediscovered comics, and it ma ...more
Rui Bastos
Preciso de mais estrelas para classificar este livro!
Honeybadger
Book one was everything I'd hoped it would be. Very much a big book of nods to Victorian English literature. Since I love most of that period, the "meta" quality of all the references tickles me. The short story in the middle was a pretty good nod to H.P.Lovecraft story starring an H.R. Haggard character. I love recursive loops like that. The short story itself is weak, but the concept is great.

In keeping with the theme, book two was another fun retelling of classic British tales, I enjoyed the
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Jana
As always, Alan Moore's work is problematic for me. I love the ideas he comes up with, and his characterizations and dialogue are wildly entertaining, but he includes ultra-violence and sexual assault IN EVERY SINGLE BOOK HE WRITES and I just...it's hard to want to read his work when I know parts of it are always going to sicken me for the exact same reasons. Mercifully, the problems were few(ish) and the sexual assault was kept to a (relative, for Moore) minimum, so I was able to focus on the c ...more
Raisa
Set in the dawn of the twentieth century, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen sees British intelligence officer Campion Bond bring together an eclectic group of individuals in order to carry out a number of dangerous missions.

This is written in the style of a superhero comic, but the League aren't your run-of-the-mill superheroes- they're all stars in various Victorian era classics. While the heroes are very stiff-upper-lip types, they often pit themselves against very futuristic enemies. So
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Susan
While well-drawn and decently plotted, I personally did not enjoy this that much. It could have rated higher if not for certain characters having no purpose being there and no explanation as to why they would be.
Eduardo Vásquez Mata
Comentario corto: La trama del primer tomo es mucho mejor la del segundo, pero el final del segundo es una cosa espectacular.

Comentario largo: Esta fue mi primera novela gráfica. Decidí comprarla luego de ver la película de La Liga Extraordinaria el año pasado, la vi hace años, pero fue hasta finales del 2014 cuando me dio por investigar más de esa trama. Fue entonces cuando supe que esta obra de Alan Moore (uno de los mejores en el género) pretendía ser una organización predecesora de la Liga d
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Evilynn
More intertextuality than you can shake a stick at, to the degree that I'm not sure if this is at all readable for people who don't get the references. They're not obscure by any stretch of the imagination, but I suppose some people might not know all the Victorian literary figures.

I generally like intertextuality, but I have to say this was a bit of a slog, and I'm still not through the Travellers Almanack at the end of vol 2 (the mock victorian pulp style is killing me). There's a glimmering
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Jayme
Jan. 2, 2012

Hey look! Alan Moore made a book about every adventure hero of the Victorian era, set it in a land full of steam punky machinery, and totally rocked my socks off. I've read through the first volume now and I'm going to take a break to read the backstories for the main characters. I've already read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Dracula, so now I'm going to top it off with The Invisible Man, King Solomon's Mines, and The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu to start.

Have to say I hated
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Lance
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Dijon Chiasson
While this wasn't in the same league of extraordinary graphic novels as "Watchman" and "V for Vendetta", it had its moments.

The basic conceit is that it's every Victorian Adventure novel thrown into a blender, with a heaping helping of steampunk. It was interesting to see Captain Nemo cross paths with Edward Hyde and Dr. Moreau. It was less interesting to follow the drug-addled misadventures of Allan Quartermain.

While it was amusing at first, the Victorian parody got a bit tiring, especially wh
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Michael
I've enjoyed the tales of some of the characters that make up the league, and the idea seemed pretty cool to me so I expected to like this series.

Alas the first storyline was uninteresting. This was redeemed slightly by the short story in between the story lines.

The second story was a retelling of the War of the Worlds and I enjoyed it. The last segment was also interesting, but crammed far too much into such a little space that reading it just became wearying especially since there was no story
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Albert Yates
this is probably one of the greatest graphic novels of all time. I couldn't put it down when I picked it up.

Having watched the feature film from a few years ago, I wonder how two things based on the same material can be so radically different. The character back stories even the plot itself is different. The only thing in common is most of the characters the make up the League, not all just some.

I haven't cared so deeply for a character the instant I was introduced but that is how I feel about
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Laura
This book has lots of really interesting ideas that feel like they never quite get going, and lots of interesting characters who feel like they never develop. Moore is also mightily obsessed with violent sexual assault, which I could quite honestly do without.
I didn't much like the art style, although I did think the use of shade to convey light and dark was very clever.
Overall I enjoyed this.
Matthew Thomas
Volume I is innocent enough, but II really dialed things up in a way I wasn't expecting. Rape, sex scenes with Mina, extraordinary violence...when I was a kid I always wondered why the movie didn't get a sequel. Now I understand. While the first volume could pass as PG, volume two would have been a strong R. Great read and lots of fun, but certainly not for everyone.
Andrew
I give the four stars because on the whole I very much enjoyed it, especially the comic format components. I particularly enjoyed identifying the many literary references. I found the short story that concluded volume one to also be a lot of fun. The Almanac at the end of volume two was a hard slog to get through, but I felt I needed to persist for the little gems scattered through it, and the insights it would provide when reading further League volumes. This section was almost enough to drop m ...more
Amy
I'm about to say something blasphemous, I know, but I enjoyed the movie much more than I've enjoyed this. I tried reading a chunk of this story, and I just can't. For all of its foibles, I can at least watch and enjoy the movie. *Sigh* I wanted to badly to enjoy this, but unfortunately I just can't.
Sharon
I was a little disappointed by this. I thought it was very clever, especially the wry touches of this-is-only-pretending-to-be-from-this-time-period, but even though I knew it wasn't really taking itself seriously I didn't love the way the single female character was treated and the weird racism. It started out really well but then sort of lost momentum. It was a little bit predictable and the end was a letdown. I guess I'm glad I read it, but I thought it had a lot of potential for being clever ...more
Stewart Tame
I read these stories back when they were published as individual comics, but it's nice to have them all in one volume. Hopefully a second omnibus will come out someday collecting The Black Dossier and other stories published since the ones in this volume. In addition to the stories are many extra features, some of which weren't included in the original comics. Also, the text features from the originals are included, but all together, not broken into separate parts as they were originally publish ...more
Michael
I'm not sure if this is well-written or not, because I'm not an expert on the media. It was moderately entertaining, but nothing about the stories or the characters really grabbed me. There was a Quatermain narrative story in the middle which was weird and starched by period-style writing, and that was my favorite part. It reminded me of Jules Verne's style.
Carolyn
I enjoyed the characters and story.

Did not finish the accounts in the back, as they just seemed to list myths and not really discuss the adventures had there.
Chris
Volume 1 was absolutely brilliant. 5 stars

Volume 2 was a little weaker at times, but nonetheless a highly entertaining narrative altogether. 4 stars
Ricardo Loureiro
Nemo, the Invisible Man, Mina Harker, Dr. Jekyll and/or Mr. Hyde, Quatermain, what more could you ask of this extraordinary assembley? Well, what about Sherlock Holmes, Dorian Grey, Fu Manchu, John Carter and countless others from the pages of every boy and girl favorite novel from the XIX century?

This is a high concept mashup and this omnibus edition is excelent collecting all the 12 issues along with novelettes, cover galleries and so forth all to better show the craftmanship of Alan Moore and
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Variaciones Enrojo
Edición en inglés en formato grande que recopila los dos primeros volúmenes de League of Extraordinary Gentlemen<7>.
Amanda Mic Perkins
Pretty neat story, decent art, cool characters. Liked it overall. Not for everyone. Can't seem to think of a complete sentence.
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