The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier
England in the mid 1950s is not the same as it was. The powers that be have instituted...some changes. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen have been disbanded and disavowed, and the country is under the control of an iron-fisted regime. Now, after many years, the still youthful Mina Murray and a rejuvenated Allan Quatermain return and are in search of some answers....more
I adored the first two volumes of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. They were my first introduction to Alan Moore during the very early days of my comic fandom, and I was delighted with how they were darkly funny and smart and full of literary references.
The Black Dossier, however, tries too hard too be all of those ...more
The second is that this really should have been the final volume of LoEG. But more on that ...more
It is not a comic or a novel, it is an annual, a scrapbook, an appendix, a sourcebook, a Bible. The other League comics are mere stories. This is the world those stories exist in.
Prolix and profound, vulgar and erudite, filthy and funny, pretentious and dazzling, ...more
I thought that integrating all these disparate threads of English fiction was a good - if overly ambitious - idea, but leave it to Alan Moore to attempt just that. Some of it works. The prose sections were tedious and self-indulgent, and they totally killed any momentum the book was trying to build up to that point. I eventually skipped those; I feared that I wouldn't be able to finish the book otherwise! The last 17 ...more
What Alan Moore has done here, is use a number of different printed visual mediums, to outline the history of secretive extraordinary groups in Britain (and ...more
Seriously though along with the trade mark thinly veiled references to British pop culture, literary figures and historical events, with a slight twist (to avoid international copyright or the fact that it makes you stop and think when you half recognise something), the book is a mind twisting series of stories within stories, from those dealing with current events to those that make up the legendary history of he league.
The book is ...more
Having said all that, if you are an LOEG fan this is essential. Moore really lets it all go, the adventuring ...more
This newest bit of League history has a whisper-thin plot, but that's really just an excuse to further flesh out this amazing world and to have ...more
I'm more than pleased with the outcome, however. Admittedly, the frame story involving Mina and Allan recovering the Dossier and ...more
Later---> Yep, another five stars for Alan Moore. I must admit, I missed even more of the references then I usually do in a ...more
It feels, as it is presented, like a collection of scraps, background mullings and left-overs without any real arc to follow or develop.
Nice to look at but lacks the 'wow' of, certainly, volume 2
Only gripe was I was pretty well fed up with the constant sex references by page ten.
As a comics writer, ...more