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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 (original 2000; edition 1999)

by Alan Moore

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Title:The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1
Authors:Alan Moore
Info:America's Best Comics (1999), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 176 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:20th century, British, graphic novel, fantasy, victorian

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1 by Alan Moore (2000)

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    Heroes & Monsters: The Unofficial Companion to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Jess Nevins (aethercowboy)
    aethercowboy: Heroes & Monsters is a book-length annotation for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1.
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    Planetary: Leaving The 20th Century by Warren Ellis (Cynara)
    Cynara: Ellis shares Moore's desire to go mucking around in fin de siecle adventure fiction. Wonderfully good, both of them.
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    Dracula by Bram Stoker (Death_By_Papercut)
    Death_By_Papercut: Mina Harker
  4. 20
    King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard (LKAYC)
  5. 20
    Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman (Death_By_Papercut)
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    Watchmen by Alan Moore (RocknRain)
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    She by H. Rider Haggard (LKAYC)
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    Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel by Paul Guinan (Othemts)
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    Metalzoic by Pat Mills (apokoliptian)
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    Five Fists Of Science by Matt Fraction (Othemts)
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    The Remarkable Worlds of Professor Phineas B. Fuddle by Erez Yakin (Othemts)
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    Sebastian O by Grant Morrison (fvenez)
    fvenez: They have a similar steampunkish setting, though Moore's plot and overall comic is much, much, better.
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    Aetheric Mechanics by Warren Ellis (Cynara)
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    Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (kraaivrouw)
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    Legends: The Enchanted by Nick Percival (Death_By_Papercut)
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    Anno Dracula by Kim Newman (lordbored)
    lordbored: The same use of historical and fictional characters in this work as in League.
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    Camera Obscura by Lavie Tidhar (ShelfMonkey)
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What do you get when Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill decide to create a Victorian-era superhero team using characters from classic literature? You get the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, one of the greatest comic book concepts ever conceived!

As a fan of crossover stories, it's hard to top what Moore and O'Neill have done here. Not only do they bring together the main characters as a team of unusuals working for the British government, but the entire series is simply teaming with references to other Victorian literary characters and occurrences. Also it sees two of the eras greatest literary villains square off for superiority using Professor Cavor's marvelous anti-gravity creation.

Even if you aren't well versed in Victorian-era literary figures, this is still an extremely entertaining world that Moore and O'Neill have put together, and everyone needs to give it a read at least once. It is so very worth it. ( )
  regularguy5mb | May 29, 2015 |
Fun story, imaginative artwork (look closely in the details for humor/whimsy). ( )
  kvrfan | Apr 25, 2015 |
Alan Moore takes characters from a wide selection of Victorian-era stories and infuses them with a fresh (if brutal and blood-splattered) life. The league is formed by a group of very troubled characters . . . variously called monsters or freaks . . . Mina Murray from Dracula - who will not talk about her past but always wears a scarf! - Allan Quatermain, the hero from King Solomon’s Mines, now an old opium-addicted wreck, Captain Nemo from Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Dr. Jekyll and a much more Hulk-like Mr. Hyde, and Griffin the Invisible Man (as a sociopathic rapist). The group is recruited by a mysterious Mr. “M” and tasked with protecting the British Empire and recovering some anti-gravity material from a Chinese drug-lord (Fu Manchu) living in London’s East End.

But the references don't stop there! You'll see Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty and tons of less well-known characters and references. If one investigates a little further, even minor characters that appear in the series can be revealed to be obscure characters from Victorian literature! I know I would never get them all without the Internet, but it’s quite interesting to try and research them all.

The supplementary material in this collection include a short story written in the vein of Lovecraft, in which Quartermain is transported to a realm beyond time and space where he encounters Randolph Carter (from Lovecraft) and some suitably eldritch terrors, as well as H. G. Well’s Time Traveller and Morlocks, and John Carter from Edgar Rice Burrough’s Barsoom books.

The setting is more steampunk than straight-up Victorian England, with the British Empire even more industrialized and powerful - planning a lunar landing for the year 1900, for example! The creative team has fun infusing the comic with Victorian-era language, even in the narrative boxes and the “about the author” segment, so that the entire experience feels quite transportive. Moore gets the language and diction just right for the style of the period.

I can’t really say I care for the art . . . just not my style, though plenty of readers love it. If you’re thinking of reading this, just be aware it’s violent and gory, there is rape and some racist/sexist language of the time period being evoked. At first I thought the dominatrix headmistress at the girl’s school was just like perverted humour on the part of the creators, or something, but apparently that’s actually a Victorian reference, too. (What would we do without Wikipedia?) This surely won’t float everyone’s boat, but I can’t help but admire Moore for the scope of his imagination, his writing ability and how insanely well-read he is, obviously. ( )
  catfantastic | Apr 25, 2015 |
I've been meaning to read this classic graphic novel for a while and finally found a good reading copy and the time. Alan Moore is an interesting author to follow. He certainly lives an authentic life and tries harder than most to stay true to his artistic vision, even if that vision is rooted in a different reality than most people. I've read V for Vendetta and The Watchmen which were both interesting but the artwork was sometimes challenging to appreciate. The story and art of this particular project are great, but very adult. The adult nature of the story is sort of a running joke throughout the the volume. Every one of the characters is flawed in some way and play off each other in interesting ways.The artwork by O'Neill is the kind that you have to study each pane very carefully in order to catch the more obscure details, especially the full page panes. At the end of this volume there is a substantial short story written by Moore in the style of H.P. Lovecraft. It's sort of an Allan Quartermain prequel to his altered story line in the graphic novel. There is also a plethora of additional artwork in the back as is typical of these volume collections of previously printed comic books. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. ( )
  BenjaminHahn | Feb 4, 2015 |
I got this a few years ago - and have another to scan in - and every once in a while I go back and re-read it. I love it. It is quirky and fascinating, and the artwork is a perfect fit for the tale. There are little "things" to find in the artwork too, that sometimes compliment the story or add to it, so for me it is a multi-level experience. I would read more comics if they were like this. ( )
  KVHardy | Jan 2, 2015 |
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Graphic novel. In the absence of Sherlock Holmes, who is missing and presumed dead, a group of notable figures from Victorian England, both real and fiction, band together to fight crime.

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