The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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?
First their is Carnacki, a ...more
Meanwhile, Captain Nemo is on his deathbed. After he argues with his young daughter, Janni, about taking over the family business ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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. ...more
Meanwhile, Captain Nemo's daughter, Janni, refuses her birthright of the Nautilus and ...more
I read the previous instalments of “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” series, a couple of years back and had mixed feeling about them. Moore is obviously an outstanding talent, and I can appreciate what he and O’Neill are trying to do, and there are some great moments, but I personally don’t think that these stand up to some of his other excellent work elsewhere. Once again this is really nicely drawn with some fine colouring too. There is plenty of action, humour and horror in ...more
As a comics writer, ...more