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La lega degli straordinari gentlemen: Century

(The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #4-6)

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The new volume detailing the exploits of Miss Wilhelmina Murray and her extraordinary colleagues, Century is a 240-page epic spanning almost a hundred years. Divided into three 80-page chapters — each a self-contained narrative to avoid frustrating cliff-hanger delays between episodes — this monumental tale takes place in three distinct eras, building to an apocalyptic con ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Bao publishing (first published 2012)
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ΕιζΝιnΕ
Another Experiment in Reader Tolerance from the Mad/Maddening Genius of Comics
3.25 Stars out of 5

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Yeah, I miss this League.

The Third Volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is closer to The Black Dossier than Volumes 1 and 2, which means it's a polarizing work that is going to frustrate most people, and please a dwindling number of hardcore Moore fans. Each of the three chapters, 1910, 1969, and 2009, introduce period specific references that become increasingly arcane, as if 'Century
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Dennis
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gender, queer, comics, fantasy
What the fuck did I just read?
Andrew
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay time to try and capture my thoughts and put them to type - DEEP BREATH - here we go (and for anyone who has read this book you know what I mean)

This is the third omnibus edition of the adventures of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - even though there is also the Black Dossier and technically the Nemo trilogy can also be considered part of of the story as well. Anyway this book - well as the cover says it follows the League as it tries to decipher and then stop the plans of a madman w
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Dave Schaafsma
I read the first two volumes and The Black Dossier over a long period of time and so I get lost occasionally as I read this, but I had read all of these three chapters separately and liked them pretty well, but in this big beautiful volume you get a view of the twentieth century from three different year perspectives and it is really impressive and makes more sense together. I still don't love LoEG but this is my favorite trip through a part of the landscape, in part because it tried to do this ...more
Gavin
I realized this is just the collection of LXG 1910, 1969 and 2009.
I've already suffered thru the first 2, and I briefly glanced at the third part...no thanks.
Horror week be damned.
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Andrew
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I held off on reading this for a long time, largely because of its reputation as "difficult" Moore, overly cynical and dense with obscure allusions. While it's true that the number of Easter eggs and in-jokes is even higher here than in past volumes of "League," you don't really have to get them all to appreciate the story, as each of the three chapters is based on one primary text. "1910" is a riff on "Threepenny Opera" (which takes place in the 1800's and wasn't written until 1929, but whateve ...more
Eric Mesa
I try to go into these books without any foreknowledge about the particular volume. It’s all too easy when researching to end up coming up against the opinions of others and I’d rather form my own opinions before potentially incorporating the views of others as I write these posts. In the case of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 3: Century, this was not a good idea at all. I’d previously read volumes 1 and 2 and they seemed to follow one another in terms of narrative. In this case, o ...more
Aaron
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abc
There's really a lot to like in this book, lurking underneath Moore's labyrinthine use of literary references and homage. The fact that I'm starting a review with "there's really a lot to like," though, doesn't bode well for the book's overall quality. Unfortunately, this book just has too much going on for its own good. Moore is so eager to string together seemingly every fictional universe ever created, literary or otherwise, that he frequently sacrifices plot and character in favor of world-b ...more
Celtic
There's a lot here to like for fans of the previous books but this is rather uneven in comparison. It feels like the enthusiasm for taking the story forward through time eroded as the author/artist got further away from the original Victorian setting, only then realizing that's what they most enjoyed. While there's some fun to be had in the different settings, the jump cuts forward in time don't do the coherence of the story any favours and for me the gain is less than what's been lost. Still wo ...more
Florian Langa
Alan Moore is hit or miss for me. I like V for Vendetta, I don't like Watchmen. I like the first 2 volumes of LXG, I don't really like this one. It was ok-ish, but tries too much and falls flat story wise. It's ridden with obscure references that require a catalog of footnotes to understand, but in the end do not amount to any revelation or extra meaningful layers. ...more
Jason Panella
Absolutely bonkers. There's a bunch to like here, but it feels so rushed and over-saturated that I'm sure I won't remember it fully in a few weeks. ...more
ferrigno
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Memorable. For the first time we are witnessing the transformation of Orlando: nothing monstrous, no special effect. The gimmick adopted by Moore is simple and ingenious.
Then the reader finds out what happened to Mina & Allan; the three of them get together and go hunting for antichrists, but the atmosphere is not that of the beginning: our heroes are more like the three musketeers in "Twenty Years After". The antichrist is located in a college of wizards, where you get by taking a train from a
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Freder
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweeping, brave, complex, flawed, moving and deep. Must, I repeat, *MUST* be read in conjunction with THE BLACK DOSSIER and NEMO -- and even then you had better be properly up on your pop culture references. I can well understand why the Millennial crowd may not like this -- because most if not all of the references and characters date from well before their time and will fly a million miles over their poor, pathetic, empty heads. This is not a story for the inexperienced reader, and even the li ...more
Loki
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this afternoon, I read the three Nemo books and all of League of Extra-Ordinary Gentlemen: Century, carefully placing them in chronological order (as best I could - the text pieces I read out of sequence). While both the threads in these plots start in Century: 1910, after that, they can be read more or less independently - but reading them together gives a much richer experience. I really enjoyed all of these, and I look forward to Moore and O'Neill's next exploration of this universe. ...more
Derek Royal
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a few years since I read the first two volumes of LoEG and the Black Dossier, so it took me a little while to get up to speed. But the League books are such that you don't have to have read the earlier volumes to enjoy the current. Although it does certainly help to have done so. Maybe I'll go back and reread the earlier LoEG books. And of course, now I need to get to the Nemo books I've been meaning to read. ...more
Albert Yates
What a long drawn out story.

I'm normally a fan of Alan Moore but this book did me in. I don't know that I can pick up anything else without having a stiff drink on hand to try and lighten the mood.

I really want to like it, because the characters were mildly interesting. unlike the first few League stories I had no idea who any of these characters were supposed to represent.

I already miss Hyde.
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Alex
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: american-indies
Century is the weakest link in the LoEG saga. Moore experimented a little too much with his characters and if you add the abscence of the core league group, it just wasn't enough. Big minus were the portraits of all three of the main characters, where Mina and Alain were shadows of their former selves both in spirit and decision making, while Orlando was more like a snobbish boy that the grand adventurer we saw in the Black Dossier. ...more
Tone
Loved the first two volumes. This one just feels forced. The story is taking second place to the references. "Oh look another panel of background characters who i have no idea who they are." ...more
Hasse
Oct 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comics
No, sorry, but not my cup of tea.
Sunflowers and sundaze
This is the first graphic novel I've ever read and I was HOOKED I'm not sure if I'm supposed to read them in a certain order but I'm definitely fascinated and now looking for the other century's ! ...more
Fizzgig76
Reprints The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century—1910, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century—1969, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century—2009 (May 2009-June 2012). Oliver Haddo has plans for the world. His cult is planning to issue in the birth of the Moonchild who could spell doom for the planet and the galaxy. The only thing that could stop his occult plans is the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Mina Harker, Orlando, and Alan Quatermain have dedicated their live ...more
Jason Adams
I wonder sometimes if I have somehow cursed the authors that I read, as none of them appear to be able to write a solid ending to their stories. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen hooked readers with their arcane cameos and subversive subject matter. The most recent collection attempts to do the same thing while bringing the story to the latter part of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, I found the formula a bit creaky when applied to none public domain characters and the subversive formul ...more
Sean Kottke
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, 2020
Overall, fantastic, with slightly (only slightly) diminishing returns across the three episodes. The first installment, 1910, presents a brilliant reworking of The Threepenny Opera woven into the fabric of a straightforward League adventure that builds beautifully on prior volumes. The second installment, 1969, is a less straightforward League adventure chock full of throwaway references that are fun to catch (even as countless pass by unnoticed), with era-appropriate psychedelic imagery through ...more
Tom
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining read with some great art work, but if you skipped volume II like I did (not available on Hoopla apparently even though vols. I & III are -- go figure) don't expect to understand what's going on with the plot. Still does what the franchise does best in pulling in characters from anywhere and everywhere in the literary world and making allusions to characters and story lines in other media (Dr. Who, Torchwood, etc.) And the artwork contributes as well with lots of fun cameo app ...more
Andrew
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty ambitious work, chock full of oddball references and weird ideas. If you actually get most of the references, it's probably pretty cool. For most people, though, I think it's going to be seem just pointlessly obscure. This book felt like more of a slog than the previous LOEG books. There is some wild stuff in here, so you can definitely enjoy it, to some extent, even if you aren't really getting the subtext.

The underlying theme is pretty bleak, if I'm understanding it correctly
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Andy
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Volume three of the continuing saga of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen finds a new group lead by Mina. The mysterious Haddo is involved in an Occult group and when someone disappears, the league investigate. Split throughout the twentieth century the story weaves it's way and the league investigate, with on going confusion, and sometimes craziness. This is a parody of sorts, so Moore has fun name dropping various characters from literatures bygones. In part it is fun, but it does become a ...more
John
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rereading to prepare for LOEG IV: Tempest in July, Moore's final comic work. This is reviewing the entire run...

LOEG: Sets up the universe
LOEG II: is the most fun
LOEG Black Dossier is the most indulgent and "clever". It's not as fun, but "educational"
LOEG III: Century is more of a rant about culture's decline
NEMO Trilogy: Brings back the action that was sorely missed from Black Dossier and Vol. III.

This series is basically an intellectual "Family Guy" filled with arcane, eclectic and esoteric r
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Chris
Dec 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
This series has jumped the shark into family guy territory. There are TOO many references now including books and (movies-maybe just books that were turned into movies?). I checked the wiki and there are 100+ entries for volume 3. What is the point of Nemo's heir in the beginning. What is up with the magic 3d glasses dude? Why is Harry Potter in this at all? Mina has more of a personality but has gone from a stern British woman to a sex hippie who just wants to be "young". The team actually does ...more
Jb
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was solid, maybe not as exciting as the first two volumes of LXG, but more satisfying than Black Dossier. The storyline took several large jumps forward through the 20th century (hence the name), and a lot of the focus was on the squabbles between the main characters and how they were eventually able to pull themselves together. The secondary characters and literary references were more modern, which was interesting, and the grand finale of the book was actually very satisfying. Overal ...more
Bigo May
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very strange reading of LoEG, with a very unexpected plot. I liked the idea of passing through three periods of time over a frame of 100 years and see the portrayal of changes in society and culture. It gives a reflection over the speed of changes in humanity over the last century. I did not enjoy much the art style of Kevin O’Neill, though, it is very obscene at times and too bulky/exaggerated in my opinion.
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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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Other books in the series

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (7 books)
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 4: The Tempest

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