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La Ligue Des Gentlemen Extraordinaires Volume Un (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  34,840 ratings  ·  922 reviews
Londres, 1898. L'ère victorienne vit ses dernières années. Le XXe siècle se profile. L'heure est aux grands bouleversements et à la stagnation, à l'ordre chaste et à l'ignoble chaos. On a plus que jamais besoin de champions. Allan Quatermain, le capitaine Nemo, Hawley Griffin, le Dr Henry Jekyll, Edward Hyde et Mina Murray sont ces champions. Ensemble, ils constituent la L ...more
Published September 9th 2009 by Panini comics (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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
 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.

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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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.
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
Marcelo Sanchez
Referencias, referencias, referencias. Muchas referencias y muchas de ellas sutiles, como el nombre en una caja de fusibles o las primeras lineas de cierto personaje de Moby Dick. Hubo muchos personajes y menciones que no pasaron por mi cabeza (Wikipedia ayuda mucho para estos casos), pero cada una de las que lo hicieron me dio un enorme placer.
Sin embargo, lo que más me gusta, es que este libro bien podría haber sido escrito en los principios del siglo veinte. Tiene todos los prejuicios racista
William Redd
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
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.
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.
Haber visto la pelicula me suponia conocer los personajes, que es lo unico que recuerdo que se pareciese la peli al comic, pero aún así me ha gustado mucho.

Los personajes lo mejor, los guiños a todas las historias de aventura en la inglaterra victoriana, todos los guiños, con el globo de la Isla Misteriosa, los restos de los barcos hundidos con los que hacen los muebles del Nautilus y el spoiler de la protagonista Wilhelmina Murray, q al haber visto la peli te destripan, pero aun asi al unir el
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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 Egypt
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