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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Vol. I, 1898

Moore, Alan, 1953-

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
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"As the twentieth century approaches, there is a need for a new kind of champion - adventurers not bound by the chaste order that characterizes the stagnant Victorian Era. The enigmatic Campion Bond of British Intelligence has begun a recruiting mission, collecting a menagerie of individuals who can be of value to his superiors due to...activities that have forced them beyond the pale. But as Allan Quartermain, Mina Murray, Captain Nemo, Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, and Hawley Griffin, the Invisible Man discover, British Intelligence has plans for them that go far beyond mere spying. And if they survive their first test against the devil doctor of Limehouse, they'll have to battle an even stranger menace from the stars!"--Jacket p. [2].
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : DC Comics, 2011
Edition: Omnibus ed
ISBN: 9781401233211
140123321X
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC GN FIC M
PN6737.M66 L43 2011
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: O'Neill, Kevin 1953-, Illustrator

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Characters from classic novels band together to fight a rising evil. Inspired by multiple Victorian era classics / gaslight thrillers

A cloak and dagger ripping yarn set during the Victorian era with characters lifted from literature of the time.


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Aug 01, 2014
  • STELMASZEK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Yet again another Moore / O'neill classic, cleverly based on several Victorian classics. I really enjoyed how this picked up and ended as well. Also, I would like to note the final frame left me kind of in a dopey state of mind, depressed almost for poor old Quatermain.

The middle bits, or the guts of the story were a bit lacking, and I feel Griffin was dealt with not only appropriately, but too soon. No worries as Moore's attempts to capture the elusive Dr. Moreau's beastly obsessions were depicted way better than that awful Val Kilmer adaptation way back when...

I just picked up the added on series (Nemo and Century) that I am eagerly waiting to dig into. This collection is definitely worth a flip!

Jul 31, 2014
  • STELMASZEK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm a huge fan of Victorian Era writing styles, coupled with fantastic line and color work. I truly believe Moore and O'Neill are the greatest comic partnership since Theodor Seuss Geisel and LSD.

I read this collection a few years back when I was naive and read Comics like formally written text books. Finally, I took the time to appreciate both art and story in one sitting and I must say, it was well worth the rereading.

Anyone that appreciates Wells, Melville, Doyle, etc... this is definitely worth a flip.

Mar 08, 2014
  • EragonShadeslayer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was expecting something like Watchmen or V for Vendetta. However, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is very different, in a good way. It is a fun combination of several famous literary figures, into a team. It's the same concept that was used to create the Justice League or Avengers, only with classic book characters instead of super-heroes. The original lineup is team leader Mina Murray (Dracula), Alan Quartermain (King Solomon's Mines +sequels/prequels), Hawley Griffin (The Invisible Man), Doctor Henry Jeckyl/Mr Edward Hyde (the titular characters in their book) and Captain Nemo (2000 Leagues under the Sea). Several characters ended up dead by the end of their books, so explanations were made. There are many other cameos and references to other books, notably Murder's In the Rue Morgue (including a major Rue Morgue spoiler), and Sherlock Holmes. The plot is not only driven by the missions the League is handed by 'M', but exactly who 'M' is. It is a very fun read, and I would recommend it to fans of either Alan More or classic fiction.

Dec 29, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I'm guessing this is some kind of hommage by Moore to Brecht and Weil's 3 Penny Opera, with the usual cast of characters drawn from the fiction of the day. It's good enough but not too satisfying. I wish the League were going in a different direction. It's like he is coming up with stories just to have the fictional characters, like Raffles or Carnacki, in them. It's OK but less than I'd hope for from Moore. Loving the art though.

Feb 06, 2013
  • e_long rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Very disappointed. The first volume was incredible. The way Moore blended all of these characters in subtle ways was impressive. This volume is just disgusting. The plot is lame and the characters poorly developed. The sexual content was entirely unnecesary and disappointing.

would love it if you made this one available!

Jul 02, 2012
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good adaptation of Victorian fiction. Also fun how it was blown apart at the end.

Jul 02, 2012
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved delving into this collection of the comics. It was creative and original and made me want to read the source material. Lovely.

Feb 24, 2012
  • cknopp86 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A complete departure from Watchmen, this story takes on a light hearted, fun, and adventurous role in the published history of Alan Moore. It is extremely fun watching these characters work together and interact with one another. If you didn't enjoy the depth and cerebral undertaking of Watchmen, then give this title a try.

Nov 09, 2011
  • ShEeP_oF_dOoM rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this graphic novel is not so much serious as it is funny. The humor is a far cry from average graphic novel laughs, and uses a graet form of wit. With an engaging story and characters, I hope that the graphic novel is remembered for years to come.

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Feb 01, 2013
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Mar 08, 2014
  • EragonShadeslayer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: Especially in the scenes with Jekyll.

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