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La Ligue Des Gentlemen Extraordinaires Vol. 1 (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1)

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Captain Nemo! The Invisible Man! Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde! Intrepid explorer Allan Quatermain! These and other amazing heroes of the Victorian age unite to save the world in Alan Moore's legendary tale, the inspiration for the 2003 Sean Connery film.
160 pages
Published 2009 by Panini France S.A. (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, thes
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
Jean Grace
Jun 14, 2008 Jean Grace rated it did not like it  ·  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
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.
In a word? Underwhelming.

In a sentence? Boring as hell, needlessly bleak, & oversexed to the point of annoyance.

The elephant in the room is, of course, the movie adaptation. While I'm not blind to the flaws of the film (namely the varied FX quality & the sprawling plot that bounces from one stage to another), I'm not ashamed to say I prefer the screen version. Indeed, I'll go a step further & admit to a great cinematic crime: I like the movie. It makes me smile. This book, however,
Sep 22, 2007 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 16, 2008 Andy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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 (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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.

May 18, 2011 earthy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, comics
I know the comics by Alan Moore for reading V for Vendetta and Watchmen. I had seen the movie based on this story and, as always happens, at least for the first volume the comics is better. The story is intriguing, with great graphics and twists in the right proportion. There are some scenes definitely splatter. The idea of bringing together some of the most famous literary characters of the 19th century, in a superhero team, is great! Extraordinary characters, but everyone brings his skills and ...more
The Good: The premise is amazing. Tailor made for a movie. Which was then made, totally eclipsing the book.

The Bad:I loved the movie. I know, people aren't supposed to admit that, but I say it loud and often. So what if it made Sean Connery quit acting, it entertained me. Having said that, this graphic novels was not good. The artwork was unappealing. That's the best way to describe it. You know what's going on - it's not unclear or anything - but it's not pleasant to look at. It made me want to
Jun 30, 2015 Donovan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alan, you son of a bitch, you've done it again. Recycling literary icons into an old time adventure of steampunk, mystery, villainy, and foreign lands. The writing is styled for 1889, which is cool. The artwork is well done and surprisingly colorful, reminding me of Gibbons in Watchmen. My biggest gripe is how women are portrayed. Nothing new for Moore, however.

But let's not gloss over what really matters: the characters. I will admit that I am a shitty reader of classics, even as a former Engli
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.
Dec 31, 2014 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Interesting cast of characters! I thought the premise of banding all these characters together to serve as some kind of top secret group for covert English operations was a stroke of genius. The story was well paced too! Why I even adored the witty snippets of commentary at beginning of each chapter. Savvy introduction befitting the overall tone of the story I daresay.

Maybe my library aka my cousin has the second volume, I'll have to check because I want to know more about why Ms Murray was ch
Aug 27, 2008 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books, classics
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
Oct 23, 2012 Helen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 30, 2011 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Risk taking is an understatement. Making Allan Quatermain, the great white hunter, an opium addict? Kudos Mr. Moore. You startle, surprise and genuinely impress. Best aspect of the story was the end: I may be mistaken but i found a theme of who watches the watchmen here too.
William Thomas
Feb 25, 2011 William Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2013 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: William Cline
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
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
If all you've seen is the movie, get ready for a big surprise if you pick this graphic novel up! It's fantastic reading. Not only is the story completely different, but the characters are, as well. All of the literary allusions in this graphic novel totally tickled my funny bone. I found myself reading fine print and looking deeply into the background to see what else I could catch. The story is much more "graphic" than the movie- more blood, gore, nudity, etc.- and a little more disturbing, but ...more
Self Obstructs
Apr 26, 2011 Self Obstructs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Gayle Francis Moffet
Great art and a tight story as only Alan Moore can put it on the page. I really, really wish he could have come up with something better to show Quartermain was still functional without stooping to attempted rape (so he could save the only woman in the cast) and some way to show the Invisible Man is a complete reprobate without having him commit multiple rapes (under the guises of impregnating teenage girls via "immaculate conception").

"But, Gayle," you might be saying, "the book was written th
William Redd
May 29, 2015 William Redd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do you get when Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill decide to create a Victorian-era superhero team using characters from classic literature? You get the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, one of the greatest comic book concepts ever conceived!

As a fan of crossover stories, it's hard to top what Moore and O'Neill have done here. Not only do they bring together the main characters as a team of unusuals working for the British government, but the entire series is simply teaming with references to ot
Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Marla Haasz

Creative, ridiculous, funny, silly. Well-known characters from classic literature incorporated into an absurd version of their era results in a load of fun. Loved that the characters original personalities remained the same rather than having them 'reinvented' or something like that.

I had very few issues but I am willing to over-look them as Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill are taking a stab at the prudish classes that existed in the late 1800's.

*continues to ignore the 2003 film adaptation*
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
Where is Dorian Gray?!

Seriously, seeing the movie first spoiled this for me. I miss Dorian's arrogance and charm.
And Mina seems to be complaining all the time.
And the artwork isn't working for me either.
Now I'm complaining all the time.


P.S. This is all very childish of me. But I just made myself finish the whole volume. >.<
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After always having been into Victoriana and all things steam, the re-imagining of Nemo by Moore and O'Neill in 1999 partly inspired

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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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