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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2

(The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  20,355 ratings  ·  640 reviews
It's one month after the events in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1, and the skies over England are filled with flaming rockets as Mars launches the first salvo of an invasion. Only our stalwart adventurers Allan Quatermain, Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, Hawley Griffin, and Mr. Edward Hyde can save mother England and the very Earth itself. But there are many startling ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by WildStorm (first published 2003)
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Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
It was entertaining in its own way, but not really my taste.
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Dec 28, 2010 rated it liked it
I don't know why, but I don't much care to write a review, yet I feel compelled to do so. And because of that you get point form adapted from a discussion I've been having about the comic while reading it.

•One of my favourite parts of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 2 are Kevin O'Neill's pencils. The way he exaggerates features through understatement is difficult to describe, but there is a sort of Victorian reality that he captures that is really effective. Another cool bit of pencilling
Dave Maddock
Jun 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Even better story than volume one. However, Alan Moore's seeming obsession with creating ancilliary documents as companion pieces to his stories is getting a bit tiresome.

The New Traveller's Almanac included with volume two is insufferably long and tedious prose. Moore melds all manner of details from sundry novels into one universe in the context of a travelogue of weird phenomena (perhaps channeling Charles Fort if Fort had a PhD in Victorian literature), but it quickly loses all redeeming val
Venus Maneater
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, faves
Re-read 2020
I want to add that Wilhelmina Murray is badass and forever will be badass.

re-read! 2017

LoEG holds a very special place in my heart, and I try to read my copies at least once a year.

Favorite things:

- How young and untainted both Murray and Quartermain seem, in comparison to the later volumes.
- Mister Hyde. Just thinking about him makes me feel like I'm on a rollercoaster. I think my feelings about him kinda went like this: excited -> curious -> respecting -> unnerved.... -> OH GOD NO
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Whew, the travelogue at the end was rather tedious even if it did have some interesting bits to it. One of the weaknesses of late-Moore is his tendency to over-written expansive prose. The clean poetry of his earlier years has given away to long-windedness. The illustrated comic parts were fun and the plotting is enjoyable and the art is a treat. I'd trade all the end papers nonsense for six more pages of illustrated adventure where Moore's word count is more curtailed. ...more
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Not a soul down on the corner
That's a pretty certain sign
That wedding bells are breakin' up
That old gang of mine

Wedding Bells are Breaking up That Old Gang Of Mine -Sammy Fain with lyrics by Irving Kahal and Willie Raskin. Published in 1929,

It was my mistake to read the LOEG core trilogy out of order. Even knowing what is next, this book feels like the Moore team losing steam. I have enormous respect for Moore, but not based on League Vol 2.

It opens with
Shannon Appelcline
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
League Vol. 2. Moore casts his nets wider in this second volume by incorporating the tales of H.G. Wells, primarily The War of the Worlds, but with an amusing diversion to The Island of Doctor Moreau. The result is a very different sort of adventure tale from the first, but one that's both more evocative and engaging. (And that's not even counting the wonderful first issue, which mashes together a few Martian planetary romances.)

Meanwhile, Moore dramatically develops the pulp heroes that we met
Nov 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: SF and comic geeks
In my opinion, this is a hell of a good read.

The author took famous characters from Victorian popular literature and put them together into a 'special action group' that works for MI5 in the last decade of 19th Century England. MI5 is lead by Mycroft Holmes by the way.

The League consists of Mina Murray, Alan Quartermain, Henry Jekyll and his alter-ego, Captain Nemo and Hawley Griffin, otherwise known as the Invisible Man.

And the situation they have to deal with is the invasion of Earth by Mars.

John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first book, but it's such a brilliant concept, one barely notices the difference. ...more
Ed Erwin
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
I liked this slightly more than Volume 1. I guess because the world and characters have already been established so I can more easily ignore the things about them that I dislike. Plus puts a neat twist on some great H.G. Wells stories. (I ignored the long text-based story at the end. I came for the comic!)
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
So Alan Moore hates women. I guess having read V for Vendetta and Watchmen should have made me aware of that, but call me slow.
While the story and art were as interesting as in the first book, the details were mostly gross. First of all, two whole sex scenes between Mina and Allan, which I could have tolerated if not for the mutual professions of love. Then there is an assault on Mina where she doesn't vamp out and fight back. Lastly, someone is raped to death. Oh yeah, and Martians are invading
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Volume one of this graphic novel left me on the fence. I wasn’t overly interested in carrying on, yet because my friend had let me borrow her omnibus I decided it couldn’t hurt. After all, it was something that could be completed in no time at all.

Truthfully, I enjoy volume two much more than I enjoyed volume one. There was more substance to it than the first book, with more happening throughout. We truly see our characters, watching them interact with each other, seeing the way they deal with a
Timothy Boyd
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very good follow on story. The characters get more intense. Very recommended
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A mixed bag. The graphic novel part of this was much superior to that in Volume 1. It started on Mars, featuring a John Carter stand in and the Tharks fighting with some mollusk type beings who then fled in rocket ships to earth, and this turned out to be the War of the Worlds Invasion. The opening was interesting and sparked my imagination but it was irritating that much of the early dialogue was rendered in "Martian," meaning symbols that couldn't be read. Once the invasion of earth began, the ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
I really was not expecting much after volume 1, but I already had it at home so I wondered if it might improve.

I was wrong. There are brief neat moments. My favorite takes place when Nemo comments that he is prepared to destroy a bridge full of civilians to trap the aliens and protect the greater good, and Hyde taunts him into saying that it's no great strategic loss if he must do so, anyway. Nemo says, "Besides, they're only-" and Hyde says, "Human?" And Nemo finishes, "English". Nemo is the su
William Thomas
When I was sixteen, I was at a comic book convention in Chicago, waiting in line for the guest of honor's autograph- Frank Miller. Alongside him were others like garth Ennis and Alex Ross who were doing signings as well. For some reason or other they brought up Alan Moore and joked about how he was most likely sitting in a closet with a candle and a typewriter in a castle somewhere in England. Having only seen one picture of Moore at the time, used over and over again for all of his works and in ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
The War of the Worlds comes to London and it's up to the League to prevent the downfall of England...and perhaps mankind.

The first issue, set entirely on Mars, strikes me as a fail. It's largely dialogue free (well, the dialogue is written in what is presumably Martian) and the Martian battle illustrations are chaotically uninformative. Who's fighting whom? How many factions even are there? Why do some of them blast off and attack Earth? This is some poor storytelling.

Issue 2 gets back to busine
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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Todd Glaeser
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm really scoring the "Script" volume included with the Absolute Edition, as I’ve read and re-read the graphic novel. Why we don’t have more of A.M.’s scripts available is amazing. The scrips are only 1/10th dialogue and the rest are a conversational description of the book (and Moore’s reasoning) for the artist to interpret. Incredible insight into the writer and incredible respect to the artist. ...more
Dec 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Reviewing any of the three volumes in Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series is a difficult task. Without reading the edited annotations of Jess Nevins, the story seems somewhat shallow and bland. However, the annotations of various librarians and connoisseurs of Victorian-era literature add so much insight into almost every panel that it can become overwhelming and the story itself can get lost in the backdrop.

Another reviewer on goodreads has said half of the genius in LoEG is i
Jan 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy, comics
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Will Davies
Aug 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Alan Moore
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Feb 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I don't really know what it was that compelled me to finish reading this book but when it was over all I was left with was a sick feeling in my stomach. Having read some of Alan Moore's previous work and enjoyed it somewhat I thought this might make for an entertaining read. Unfortunately this was not the case. It did however give me a much clearer view of Moore's past works. What I had mistaken in the past as bitter social commentary was now revealed for what it was, misanthropic bile which had ...more
Jul 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Thomas Edmund
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it
If like me, your first exposure to LOEG was the movie, then the original comic is likely to disturb and fascinate you. Rather than the garish action flick, the comic is almost satirical and definitely cynical. While perhaps not the most exciting a heroic piece you'll ever read there is something compelling about the flawed heroes and their escapades. ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
My review for volume one is parallel to this volume.
I will just add this tidbit:
I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative blurbs at the end of each issue. It reminded me of Adam West's Batman; "Will Batman and the Boy Wonder meet their ultimate end? Tune in next week. Same bat-time, same bat-channel!"
Jalen NeSmith
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I appreciate the illustrations, the homage to classic fiction, and Alan Moore's talent for kickass scenes. It's too bad Alan Moore has never met a woman in his life, because the women he writes are laughably unreal. In this one, anyway. ...more
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Morgan by: Samuel
Shelves: borrowed
I liked this one better then the first because I was a easier to follow and the fact in had H. G. Well references.
Feb 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
I don't understand the point of this one, either, though it's vaguely more interesting than the first volume. ...more
Paul Weiss
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill continue to pay tribute to Victorian adventure classics!

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, VOL 2, like its stellar predecessor, is a graphic novel and is most assuredly not a comic book intended for children. Rather it is solid proof that mainstream comic books can be combined with exciting, imaginative adventure and story-telling, illustrated with serious, skilled artwork that merits close examination in each and every panel aimed at serious adult readers with e
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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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