The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Vol. 2

Book - 2003
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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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brontoceratops
Aug 17, 2014

A delight for fans of the characters of Victorian fiction.

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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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mr_edox
Dec 27, 2013

A very good read. Great story and illustrations. If you like comics and are tired of your normal super hero fare check this out.

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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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pika7777
Dec 04, 2010

Lots of references to literary figures.

Librarymans Sep 30, 2010

Much deeper and complex story than the movie. Characters act in a way that makes sense. Literary nerds will love all the little cameos by different literary figures.

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kalio
Jun 08, 2010

The Victorian Age saw the creation of some of the most famous characters in Western literature: Captain Nemo, usually found in his mythical ship 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; Allan Quartermain, the adventurer who discovered King Solomon?s Mines; Mina Murray, the heroine who barely escaped from Dracula; Hawley Griffin, the original Invisible Man himself; Henry Jekyll and his alter ego, better known as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Comics genius Alan Moore collects them all here and turns them into team of superheroes who use their unique capabilities, powers, and experiences (not to mention Captain Nemo?s technologically-pimped out submarine) to save England from the clutches of a mysterious madman. The year is 1898, and the heroes have been gathered together in London from all corners of the globe by the head of the Secret Service. They?re a rough-and-tumble bunch, flawed and washed-up, but when a criminal mastermind with a dangerously high-tech taste in weaponry threatens to firebomb London?s East End and bring down the British Empire, these 19th century characters come to life and rally to the rescue. The illustrations are as bright and action-packed as anything out of Superman, Batman, Spiderman, or Moore?s own comic masterpiece The Watchmen. Originally published as individual comic book issues and then collected into two volumes, Moore and his team of artists at DC Comics created two additional adventures, The Black Dossier and Century 1910. Together, the series is as chock-full of superhero-style action, futuristic weaponry, and derring-do as it is of historical detail, literary references, and Victorian flair. A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is another genre-buster that proves just how much mystery and adventure can be packed into one fantastic era.


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