- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: WildStorm; Gph edition (1 October 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781563898587
- ISBN-13: 978-1563898587
- ASIN: 1563898586
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1 x 25.1 cm
- Customer Reviews:
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,30,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1
School & Library Binding, Import
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
About the Author
Alan Moore is perhaps the most acclaimed writer in the graphic story medium, having garnered countless awards for works such as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing and Miracleman. He is also the mastermind behind the America's Best Comics line, through which he has created (along with many talented illustrators) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea, Tom Strong, Tomorrow Stories and Top Ten.
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And the regret it for the entire life.
Well this is NOT one of those occasion.
Although an impulse purchase, I was blown away by the sheer genius of this great Comic.
It was great to see really nice intro to all the characters, cause I really had no clue going in about anything.
It gave them a depth and helped me relate a lot better with them.
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys keeping logic aside for a few hours and just reveling in the sheer incredulity of this piece of art.
And if you do love this one, boy oh boy, you are gonna love my magic carpets. Check those out too!!
Fast-paced, enthralling and fantastically written story by Moore accompanied with beautifully drawn panels by Kevin.
Top international reviews
Alan Moore is well known for creating anti-heroes rather than squeaky clean super boyscouts and instead of a bunch of moralistic upstanding gents we get set of determined individuals who have been driven to success often through ruthlessness. The book starts with Wilhelmina Harker gathering the men who will form The League, and the gritty tone is assisted by a backdrop of murder and the fact that the invisible man also happens to be responsible for a series of `immaculate conceptions' at a monastery school. There's a reluctance from those approached to assist the British government, some feel disenfranchised, some don't quite see what's in it for them, and there's a general sense that they are simply a little too old now for such an adventure. The genius of the Moore is to pull together characters who don't really require any great level of backstory because they already exist within the era in separate works of fiction, this creates an alternate history where the great Explorer Quartermaine exists in the same world as Dracula and Captain Nemo, where Sherlock Holmes makes headlines and the monster Master Hyde terrorises the streets of London. He doesn't rely on what has come before though, he squeezes them into reality, what makes them so special is countered by the flaws of men and it all takes place in a time familiar but changed so that you accept anything.
There's something gloriously romantic about the age; the fashion, the passion for technology and the spirit of adventure. The wonderful Steampunk elements shift modern technology into the Victorian age, it's subtly done though (unlike the film loosely based on this!) and Kevin O'Neill's artwork is incredibly detailed. The costumes are sumptuous and the backgrounds capture the foggy London streets and the brass levers of the vast Nautilus. The technology is retro-futuristic and is designed with the spirit of the age rather than shoe-horning modern artifacts into Victorian times. The story itself reads like an old-fashioned adventure, the end of each section (punctuating the end of the each individual comic which make up the volume) containing a write-up pastiche of what's coming next with great lines such as: "further scenes to divert and astonish, including episodes of a bawdy nature that our lady readers, being of a more delicate sensibility, may wish to avoid." ...which all adds to the fun.
In a nutshell: A Victorian Steampunk yarn which celebrates well known characters and places the ensemble in an adventure together. It's a fictionalised world which works so well because all the individual elements are made to fit together and look as though they've always existed in the same stories. This is probably better appreciated by older audiences, some of the themes are more adult in nature. There is great re-read value here too because subsequent reads reveal things you weren't aware of the first time, and there are so many nods to other bits of Victoriana that I'll probably never notice them all!
If you dont buy another comic book/graphic novel get this one
The story, characters and artwork are superb.
Would definitely recommend, even if you don't like graphic novels.
The ideas are brilliant, the humour works and the original authors back in the 19th century would be proud
Anyone who doesn't enjoy it has no eye balls
I would recommend reading this graphic novel.
Looking forward to reading Volume 2 and Volume 3.