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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1

(The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  49,848 ratings  ·  1,484 reviews
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 Br
Paperback, 1st edition, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by America's Best Comics (first published September 2000)
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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
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Being quite the fan of Alan Moore’s Batman and Watchmen stories, I had The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen recommended to me for a long time. My friend has loaned to me the omnibus edition, so I shall be reading and reviewing Volume 1 and 2 separately.

One of the opening tales features Chevallier C. Auguste Dupin investigating the deaths of a mother and daughter in the Rue Morgue. As I really enjoy Poe’s work, this appealed to me from the get go and piqued my interest for the rest of the compen
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great good fun!

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
Tina Haigler
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
While I liked this, it did take me at least three chapters to get into it, or care about the characters. We have a group of rather strange characters, whom most will recognize from some of the classic horror and sci-fi tales, working for a man they don't know really know anything about, and of course, the true boss, hiding in the shadows. The stories are interesting, and kept my attention, but I wasn't truly into it until the characters started forming bonds and being emotionally invested. One t ...more
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This was much better than I thought it would be. Well done Alan Moore!

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 opium-
Jean Grace
Jun 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
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 time ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, favs
Wow!!! I should've known that Alan Moore, the man behind V for Vendetta and Watchmen, would bring his A-game for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which I can only describe as the best graphic novel I've read in a long time.
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.
Sarah Mac
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, does not. Ce
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
"Well, gentlemen, at least we now know why we're here. British Intelligence [has] assembled us to thwart a plot against the Empire." -- Ms. Wilhelmina Murray, a.k.a. 'Mina Harker'

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
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen created quite a stir when it appeared and I intended to pick it up long ago, but then I saw the film and didn't think it was very good so I lost any enthusiasm for it. I've finally gotten around to it, and I'm glad that I did. It's basically a very well written Victorian version of the Avengers, utilizing famous literary characters from the end of the 19th century. (Penny Dreadful did the same thing several years afterwards told from a horror-genre perspecti ...more
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
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Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found this utterly entertaining. What i loved most are the dialogues. The way the characters talk to each other is just beautiful.
Can't wait to continue with the series <3
May 16, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
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
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was so not impressed by this. It's my first Alan Moore book, and possibly my last because this just really didn't float my boat. We see a lot of racism and sexism straight away, and a lot of brutality. I don't really mind brutality in graphic novels, but this was just silly and I wasn't interested in the story. The art was rubbish-y (although art is fairly personal so some may like it, it's just not my style) and the story was just a lot of nonsense (again, in my opinion). Sadly, not for me. 1 ...more
Alan Moore’s steampunk mashup of Victorian and turn-of-the-century actions heroes and penny dreadful characters doesn’t have the existential grime of “Watchmen”, but damn it, it’s fun – even when Moore’s signature darkness creeps into the otherwise fairly standard action/mystery narrative.

A man named Campion Bond hires a freshly divorced Miss Wilhelmina Murray to recruit the (now disgraced and opium-addled) famous adventurer Alan Quatermaine and an exiled Dr. Jekyll to join her aboard the Nautil
Wonderful! Ms Mina Murray gets her boys into shape- Captain Nemo, Dr Jekyll and Edward Hyde, the Invisible Man and Alan Quartermain, Ex opium addict come together to battle against the evil Dr. Moriarty.
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it
In this dark historical sci-fi fantasy mashup, there’s monsters, aliens, rape, murder, espionage, and war galore. While interesting in its recycling of literary characters, it’s limited by its own scope of classic tropes—alien invasion, world war, conspiracy. Moore also unfortunately abuses and treats his female characters like one-dimensional objects, most notably Wilhelmina Murray, a should-be vampire badass, instead a boring, victimized doormat. Overall, a mixed bag but nonetheless interestin ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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.

Dave Schaafsma
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. ...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.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great story. The characters are nowhere near the neat clean versions the movie makes them out to be. Very recommended
Ed Erwin
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, comics, book-club
I expected more from Mr. Moore. This is just fluff. In my real-life book club our reactions ranged from complete disappointment to strong liking, but we all agreed that the concept is better than the execution.

The concept is to take a bunch of fictional characters from Victorian adventure/fantasy/SF/etc literature and mix them into a composite story where the various heroes join together like a "Justice League". Another theme is to show that many of these heroes were very flawed.

The idea of fla
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, ebooks
I know the comics by Alan Moore for reading V for Vendetta and Watchmen. I had seen the movie based on this story and, as always happens, at least for the first volume the comics is better. The story is intriguing, with great graphics and twists in the right proportion. There are some scenes definitely splatter. The idea of bringing together some of the most famous literary characters of the 19th century, in a superhero team, is great! Extraordinary characters, but everyone brings his skills and ...more
Ana-Maria Petre
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
The idea is brilliant. The artwork is incredible as well. The amount of work put in this is obviously huge, from the level of detail in the drawings to the few pages of victorian advertisements. But I feel the characters lack a certain depth. The reader is supposed to be familiar with them, but they are literary characters, and putting them in a comic book cuts away a lot of their personalities. What's more, not all of them are the way I like to remember. I don't remember Griffin (the Invisible ...more
James DeSantis
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Alan Moore so far has been hit or miss with me. This one is kind of a miss.

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
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
Apr 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books, classics
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
Ashley Marie
4-4.5 stars

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.
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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.

As a comics writer, Moor

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