Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill continue to pay tribute to Victorian adventure classics!
THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, VOL 2, like its stellar
predecessor, is a graphic novel and 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, VOL 2
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.
Moore's eclectic team of stalwart adventurers - Mina Harker of Bram Stoker's DRACULA fame; Edward Hyde, the brutal alter ego of Robert Louis Stevenson's gentler Dr Jekyll; H Merle Haggard's aging Allan Quartermain, the basis of modern Hollywood's INDIANA JONES; HG Wells' Hawley Griffin, better known as THE INVISIBLE MAN; and, finally, Captain Nemo, Jules Vernes' inscrutable captain of the fabulous Nautilus - defend the earth against an invasion from Mars.
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 - John
Carter of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series; his likely inspiration,
Lieutenant Gullivar Jones; Alphonse Moreau; Rupert the Bear (honest!);
Badger and Toad from THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS; Ishmael; Fu Manchu ... 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, death (and did I mention sex?) 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, guts and unbridled sexuality.
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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