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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910

(The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #4)

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One of Three. The new volume chronicling the exploits of Wilhelmina Murray and her extraordinary colleagues, Century is an epic spanning almost a hundred years. Divided into three 80-page chapters -- each a self-contained narrative to avoid frustrating cliffhanger delays between episodes -- this monumental tale takes place in three distinct eras, building to an apocalyptic ...more
Paperback, 83 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Top Shelf Productions (first published January 1st 2009)
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Nicolo
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
The League faces an existential question of its place in the twentieth century. Ten years into it, Mina Murray and her team of literary characters face a dark threat that threatens London and the rest of the British Empire.

The cast simply could not match the gravitas of a team with Nemo, Quartermain, Jekyll, Hyde and Dorian Gray. I barely know the new additions but it's nothing Wikipedia can't shed light in a few finger strokes. But that's the thing, it's simply not as iconic as the original cre
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Antonomasia
[4.5] Marvellous fun!

I was disappointed by the original League graphic novel and film, yet, as I have a thing about characters placed at different points in history, had been quite irrationally drawn to Century since I first saw it. And a good thing that was too, it turns out.

I really liked the art here (by Kevin O'Neill), energetic and caricature-like, perhaps made things that weren't fun seem a little too much fun, but hey, it's a comic. Also a hint of Modernism / Cubism to it at times, which
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Sud666
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, sci-fi
The League of Extraordinary Gentleman is taken into all new times but Alan Moore. fast forward to 1910 and we are dealing with an all new league. Only Mina (she's a vampire so essentially immortal) Harker is still around.

This time the story revolves around Capt Nemo's daughter- Janni. I shall not lie- I found Janni to be rather annoying. When her dying father asks her to take over the Nautilus, Janni comes up with the brilliant plan to just swim away and leave on a tramp steamer. She then ends u
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George
May 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2009, and
It’s hard to describe LOEG: Century 1910. I mean this in the most literal sense. This graphic novel is a handful, and as such almost defies description. First, the characters: I was an English major in college, and had no idea who any of these people are. Don’t expect any help from Alan Moore; there is almost no back-story. Raffles is a thief – we know this because he steals something. Carnacki is psychic – we know this because he has a vision. And Lando is an immortal hermaphrodite who switches ...more
Fiona MacDonald
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stunning artwork from Alan Moore. I tried this on a whim because I loved the film and really enjoyed it in graphic form. It was funny, creepy and beautiful! I've just ordered Alan Moore's "From Hell" which is a tad larger... ...more
Jake
I really, really, wanted to like this.

For those not familiar--the original League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was an interesting idea in which Alan Moore took a number of characters from various stories that were all roughly contemporaneous in their setting, and meshed them together in a sort of "Victorian superhero team". So you had Mina Harker, Alan Quartermain, Mr. Hyde, Captain Nemo, and the Invisible Man all teaming up to, well, fight crime. It's a bit more complicated than that, but that wa
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Robert Browning
Apr 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Alan Moore provides another consistently high-quality League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with the new 1910 volume. This provides a more straight-forward story for readers, similar to the first two Volumes and after reading this straight through in one sitting, I'm very eager to see where the rest of Volume Three winds up going. Chronologically speaking, this book falls before the Black Dossier but I'd still recommend reading the prior work first before entering into 1910. While not outright requi ...more
Michael J.
This is much more to my satisfaction than BLACK DOSSIER, with more of Kevin O’Neill’s great art; but it didn’t have as much action as Volume 1 and Volume 2 and the new characters (with one exception) weren’t as exciting. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are gone, as is the Invisible Man. However, it’s part one of three and a set-up/introduction issue - - so I’ll expect more from the next two chapters. On a good note, this does not end in a cliff-hanger. The story is self-contained, although elements of i ...more
Steve
Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Sam Quixote
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
The League has always been Moore's best work in my opinion. "Watchmen" was dull and overrated, "V for Vendetta" is now hopelessly outdated, mired as it was in Thatcher's time, and his "Tom Strong" series hasn't got a pulse, just a bland post modern take on 50s sci fi. But I loved The LXG series. Vol 1 was great and even though Vol 2 got slated I really enjoyed it. I tried with Black Dossier but in the end it just collapsed under the weight of its own references. Moore's prose is very weak. He ma ...more
Adam
The new League storyline seems written for me and my personal obsessions... this episode is manic comedy, a penny dreadful musical, Bertold Brecht, nightmarish augury, and dreadful violence. Working up to be a metatextual rewrite of the last century. Looking good so far. The next episode will involve Rosemary's Baby and Jerry Cornelius...I can ask for nothing more. Appearances by characters from Iain Sinclair(and looking exactly like Iain Sinclair)and Hodgson among many others add to the referen ...more
Mir
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic
Crammed with gratuitous allusions and gratuitous (female, of course) nudity.

The larger apocalyptic plot arc seemed interesting, the actual contents of this book not so much.

Not a fan of O'Neill's art.

And was all that extensive cabaret singing really necessary?
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Alabaster
Oct 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
I never thought I'll ever come across anything Alan Moore that I'll dislike but this issue's non-existent storyline concluded with a rape-revenge trope, so here we are. ...more
Brooke
Feb 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Better than the Black Dossier debacle. Not as good as the original books, partly because the members of the League are pretty blah this time. Can we get some personalities here? Storywise, I'm not sure what the point was. While I know that this is part 1 in a trilogy, it should still feel like it moved the narrative forward. Instead, it pretty much said at the end, "Oh, silly us, the story doesn't happen until NEXT time." ...more
Morgan
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Morgan by: Samuel Floyd
A little slower then most Leagues, but kind of liked this one. More with Orlando (my favorite character) and liked the Penny Opera feel to it too. Liked the Alister Crowley reference as well.
Jamie Connolly
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
It’s great but not as great as volumes 1 and 2.
Tim Pendry
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Aaron
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
With the third volume in this graphic novel series, writer Alan Moore, who also created The Watchmen, jumps his character forward quite a few years. The League, who is still part of the British secret service has changed quite a bit. Mina Murray is still a member, though now she is in charge along with a rejuvenated Allan Quartermain. All of their other partners have left. They have been replaced with another interesting set of literary/historical characters.

First their is Carnacki, a ghost-find
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Lincoln
Feb 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Century: 1910 is the third volume of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's much-lauded League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series. Mina Murray and the (alleged) son of Allan Quatermain are joined by a new group of literary characters: thieving Raffles, occultist Carnacki and gender-bending Orlando. They're on a quest to unearth the secret plot of a clandestine occult group.

Meanwhile, Captain Nemo is on his deathbed. After he argues with his young daughter, Janni, about taking over the family business (a
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Love of Hopeless Causes
Aug 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
This comic doesn't stand on its own. I was positively inclined towards the artist, author, and genre, but this feels like a cruel inside joke.

O'Neill's art is the only way I made it to the end. Never have so many talking heads done so little: League of the Extraordinary Chatters and Walkers-about. Too many character names with too little screen time to care.

The only part I cared for were the Nemo scenes, and it isn't spelled out, so I had to backtrack once I saw the Nautilus-squid-house drawing
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Nile
Jun 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is the first time I didn't like an Alan Moore book and I really, really disliked this one. Firstly the relentless poetry (in the form a a tuneless song) could (and should) have been avoided. Music doesn't work as well in a format that doesn't have the capability to...you know, transmit music. Secondly, a general note to all male writers: enough with the rape. I know you think you have valid reasons for it but you don't it's creepy and played out. Thirdly, the character arc (there was one th ...more
Bonnie
The League is back, newly formed (sort of... if you've read the last three books, particularly The Black Dossier, you know about this version of the League already) and it's ready to defend London. Expect to need to sit down with a wiki after you read this (at least I did) to get all the characters and references. If you're a LoEG fan already, that shouldn't be new! Nemo's daughter, Janni, really makes the story, with her departure from Lincoln Island and transformation working in the Cuttlefish ...more
David Edmonds
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2010, steampunk
To be honest, I was not nearly as impressed with this volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as I was with the first two volumes. This is only the first part of a larger story, so hopefully it will improve as the story progresses.

I think part of the problem is that Alan Moore was a little too literarily vague. I mean, I don't mind researching a character to find out more about them and to understand their place in the story, but when well more than half of the cast of the story needs to
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Dave
May 15, 2009 added it

I'm withholding judgement on Volume 3 of "The League..." until the rest of the issues are released. Were I to rate this book now, I'd have to give it only 3 out of 5 stars. I wasn't totally sold on the whole penny dreadful song and dance. I did thoroughly enjoy the art and story, though the book seems to suffer from it only being the first part of the third Volume. Normally with comics that wouldn't be a problem, but this is a stand alone story on it's own, set in an immensely rich world created

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Charlie
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
I am going to say I was disappointed with this one. The third volume in the series, The Black Dossier, went completely off the rails as far as I'm concerned. So when I heard that 1910 was similar to the first two volumes, I was very excited. Unfortunately I can't say I enjoyed it as much.

I didn't really find anyone in this incarnation of the league being all that extraordinary. Seriously. Other than Mina who really hasn't shown much growth since the story first started. Orlando is too campy. Car
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Nicholas Kaufmann
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Alan Moore is still a mad genius, even this far along in his ongoing League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series. The first in a three-part, decades-spanning adventure, 1910 is light on plot (it's all setup, basically) but still jam-packed with all the literary references and characters you've come to expect. Read it with Google nearby so you can look up all the names, especially the cast of literary magicians and occult detectives who show up or get name-checked, there are some great surprises the ...more
Daniel
May 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Seriously, Moore should just co-write these books with Jess Nevins and include annotated footnotes in the graphic novels themselves...
John Gentry
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
If you start reading the League books, you must read them all. I can reread each segment all the time.
Jack
Feb 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This fourth installment of the LOEG series is by far the most conceptually half-baked and narratively anticlimactic of the series. The elements are all good: Carnacki the Ghost Finder and A.J. Raffles are new additions to the League, a possible Jack the Ripper (a completely different theory than Moore explored in “From Hell”) and Oliver Haddo (a 1908 caricature of Aleister Crowley) should be great antagonists, and Mycroft Holmes and Captain Nemo’s daughter/would-be heir offer opportunities for m ...more
Charles
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had to read this graphic novel twice before I felt that I had a basic understanding of the talents of the characters and how they interact. At times there is mention of powers and sorcery, yet other times expressions of disbelief that such things exist. Many of the characters or their descendants that have appeared in literary works appear at some point.
Which is the reason why it is hard to understand. For example, you need to know the Jules Verne story, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” in ord
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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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  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2
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