The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1
London, 1898. The Victorian Era draws to a close and the twentieth century approaches. It is a time of great change and an age of stagnation, a period of chaste order and ignoble chaos. It is an era in need of champions.
In this amazingly imaginative tale, literary figures from throughout time and various bodies of work are brought together to face any and all threats to
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 ...more
Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill collaborate on a TASTY! tale where characters from literature and pulp fiction inhabit an alternate Victorian England and band together to save the empire and have a rousing fine rime of it.
Readers will enjoy Moore’s penchant for adding detail to his DELICIOUS! mix of HAVEATYOU! with inclusions of characters from Dracula, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Allan Quartermain Mythos and the Invisible Man.
And of course there is Jules Verne’s ...more
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen takes place during the Victorian Era in London and it is a steampunk version of the British Empire. A mysterious head of British Intelligence (Mr. M) wants to put together a League to combat extraordinary threats to the Empire.
This first volume has Mina Murray ( from Dracula- Harker's wife) acting as the recruiting agent. The first few stories show how each member was recruited from ...more
Fun and full of action, the story twisted in a way that I wasn't expecting but was still easy to follow. Nice to have in there characters we're already familiar with (Holmes, Jekyll & Hyde etc).
THIS is how a graphic novel is done.
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, ...more
Now here was an inspired and rousing but yet problematic sci-fi / adventure story, which is chiefly known or remembered (other than inspiring Sean Connery's final cinematic outing before retirement - I haven't seen said film version) for uniting several fictional British characters for a group effort at the close of the ...more
The film was stillborn, creatively, lacking the tongue-in-cheek humor and moral ambiguity that made the books so enjoyable, and was very ...more
This graphic novel is daring, imaginative, artistic and engaging, and my favourite part of it would hands-down be its characters. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is unforgettable and practically alive as a work of fiction.
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 ...more
The adaptation-loved-it shelf may change. Bear in mind, I saw the movie years before I even knew the graphic novel existed (and, thus, years ago). I do still love the idea of some of literature's most beloved characters banding together to create a kickass supergroup. And something else I loved about the book that I think got pushed aside in the film, but Mina being the leader? Hell yeah, girl. Looking forward to volume 2, the Black Dossier, and the rest.
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is basically unlikeable people working together to take out more unlikeable people/monsters. I mean within the first few pages you have attempted rape, drug addicts, murder, and more. It's typical Moore for sure but damn, he ain't holding back here. Twisted in their ways The League here's mission is to protect mankind even if they're all pretty horrible themselves.
Good: Some solid art and decent dialogue.
Bad: The ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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.
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But in this world, alone, I do not hate you. And alone in this world, you do not hate me.”
Mina: And you, Sir, should not look up.You have me at a disadvantage and I trust you'll not misuse our situation.”