The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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 pages [2].
Publisher: New York :, DC Comics,, [2011].
Edition: Omnibus ed.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781401240837
Characteristics: 438 unnumbered pages :,chiefly coloured illustrations ;,29 cm.
Additional Contributors: O'Neill, Kevin 1953-- Illustrator

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StarLord21
Apr 16, 2016

Way better than the movie! Jekyll/Hyde and Griffin have a darker edge to them which makes it feel more genuine to the genre. Mina Murray has a large role but nothing extraordinary about her character. I look forward to more.

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STELMASZEK
Aug 01, 2014

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!

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STELMASZEK
Jul 31, 2014

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.

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Bearskito
Mar 08, 2014

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.

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e_long
Feb 06, 2013

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.

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Ubalstecha
Jul 02, 2012

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

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Ubalstecha
Jul 02, 2012

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

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ShEeP_oF_dOoM
Nov 09, 2011

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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isingalto
Mar 01, 2011

The story itself was quite good but I don't think I'll pursue other volumes. Really, the best part of the whole thing were the hilariously old timey Britishisms used in the extra bits - writer and artist bios, the "to be continued" blurbs, and the fake product advertisements in the back. I laughed until I cried.

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isingalto
Mar 01, 2011

I was thoroughly amused by and drawn into the incredible detail in the artwork. The story itself was quite good but I don't think I'll pursue other volumes. Really, the best part of the whole thing were the hilariously old timey Britishisms used in the extra bits - writer and artist bios, the "to be continued" blurbs, and the fake product advertisements in the back. I laughed until I cried.

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Bearskito
Mar 08, 2014

Violence: Especially in the scenes with Jekyll.

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