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Book Review: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1, by Alan Moore Book Review | SFReader.com
Book Review: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1, by Alan Moore Genre: Fantasy Publisher: America's Best Comics Published: 2002 Review Posted: 7/1/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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Book Review: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1, by Alan Moore
Book Review by Paul Weiss
Have you read this book?
THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, VOL 1 is a graphic novel. It is
most assuredly not a comic book intended for children. Rather it is
solid proof that mainstream comic books can be combined with exciting,
imaginative adventure and story-telling, illustrated with serious,
skilled artwork that merits close examination in each and every panel
aimed at serious adult readers with eclectic tastes in classic
literature. THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, VOL1 is at once a
pastiche and a tribute to the skills of an extraordinary, lengthy and
almost bewildering list of adventure, mystery and horror writers of the
late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Under order from the mysterious "M", the director of MI5, Britain's
intelligence service, Campion Bond has recruited a team of adventurers
and spies best known for their ability to get the job done in the face
of daunting opposition and insurmountable obstacles. The team consists
of Mina Murray, Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Henry Jekyll, Edward
Hyde and HG Well's invisible man, Hawley Griffin. Their task, as they
understand it, is to locate and recover a container of the anti-gravity
compound, Cavorite, before the nefarious Dr Fu Manchu can use it to
launch an airship and attack the city of London. But, all is never as it
seems, and as challenging as this assignment is, it represents only the
beginning of the horrors and the difficulties that Mina Murray and her
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will face in their race to save
Victorian London from devastating destruction.
Moore's borrowed cast of characters leaps off the page and into life
under the skilled artistry of Kevin O'Neill. But alert readers will
quickly discover that it doesn't end with this short list of main
players and will delight in scavenging for even the most fleeting
references to an almost endless list of literary luminaries - Sherlock
and Mycroft Holmes, Dorian Gray, James Moriarty and Sebastian Moran,
Auguste Dupin, Selwyn Cavor, Jack the Ripper, Jack Harkaway, Ishmael,
Samuel Ferguson, the Artful Dodger ... the list just goes on and on!
Be advised. Readers who consider themselves to be faint of heart should
know that Kevin O'Neill has given himself full permission to display
violence, fighting, bloodletting and death in the most graphic fashion.
But this is far from a criticism, it is only a caution in the full
understanding that some potential readers will simply not enjoy the
degree to which O'Neill has visually let loose the free flow of blood
and guts. Thankfully, I am not on that list and can say that I enjoyed
every single word and every single illustration immensely. I'm only
sorry to realize that there are only two volumes left in the series
which I will be purchasing just as soon as I finish this review.
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