The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1
Proving that mainstream comics could be infused with past literary/cultural ideals and still be bestsellers, the America's Best Comics imprint took the dilapidated superhero genre and created three vastly entertaining hybrids with Tom Strong, Promethea and Top Ten. Now, a stunning coup de grace... show more
Proving that mainstream comics could be infused with past literary/cultural ideals and still be bestsellers, the America's Best Comics imprint took the dilapidated superhero genre and created three vastly entertaining hybrids with Tom Strong, Promethea and Top Ten. Now, a stunning coup de grace is delivered with this masterful pairing of Victorian adventure fiction's greatest characters and the old war-horse of the super-group. With the stunning The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, it would be no exaggeration to say that Alan Moore has produced a near-perfect piece of adventure fiction that is clever, literate, rich with excitement and hard to put down.It's 1898 and at the behest of M, the mysterious head of the secret Service, Campion Bond is dispatched to procure the services of Miss Mina Murray (nee Harker), adventurer Allan Quartermain, "Science-Pirate" Captain Nemo, Henry Jekyll (and his monstrous alter ego) and Hawley Griffin (a.k.a. the Invisible Man). Together, they must combat an insidious threat that will decide supremacy of the London skies, but their success may unleash a far greater threat. With no shortage of action, Moore and O' Neill sustain a high level of suspense, intrigue, mystery and terrific wit that all contribute to an indispensable read. O'Neill's art, so memorable in Marshal Law, produces a London filled with vivid, magnificent architecture and a malevolent atmosphere ripe with thrills and danger. An unmitigated triumph--pure and simple. --Danny Graydon
Publish date: October 1st 2002
Publisher: America's Best Comics
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
Series: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (#1)
I tried reading From Hell and it ended up bothering the hell out of me + felt like a slower-paced version of A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium, and I'm not even a big fan of that work, either. Although I am a HUGE The Watchmen fan, I was a little distressed to pick this up, worrying that t...
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 be...
Hmm.. what do I say really? I am a fan of Kevin O'Neill's artwork and I hadn't heard of him before this, so that's something gained. Otherwise I'm just not a fan of this series. I definitely support the theory behind it, and I like similar works (Hellboy/B.P.R.D., The Chronicles of the Imaginarium G...
This book had a very rough start with me and there were a few times that I could've set it down completely, but overall it got better. I don't know if its Moore or what, but the blatant sexism/misogyny really bothers me. It affected my enjoyment with Watchmen and it was just as brutal here. Call m...
I did see the movie years ago so I had a general knowledge of the characters which is pretty much all the two had in common. It was okay. I liked the art style but couldn't get into the story.