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( Download Kindle ) ⚡ The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 Ú London,The Victorian Era draws to a close and the twentieth century approaches It is a time of great change and an age of stagnation, a period of chaste order and ignoble chaos It is an era in need of championsIn this amazingly imaginative tale, literary figures from throughout time and various bodies of work are brought together to face any and all threats to Britain Allan Quatermain, Mina Murray, Captain Nemo, Dr Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde and Hawley Griffin the Invisible Man form a remarkable legion of intellectual aptitude and physical prowess The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Great concept, terrible execution Moore manages to reduce about a dozen Victorian adventure classics to fit into his apparently pea sized brain, and out comes this This book offended both my conservative and my liberal impulses, with banal pornographic sequences, flat, amoral heroes and offensive Asian stereotypes Moore has less sympathy for Chinese people than Tolkien has for orcs This book certainly isn t suitable for children, and it s too childish for me So I don t know who the audi Great concept, terrible execution Moore manages to reduce about a dozen Victorian adventure classics to fit into his apparently pea sized brain, and out comes this This book offended both my conservative and my liberal impulses, with banal pornographic sequences, flat, amoral heroes and offensive Asian stereotypes Moore has less sympathy for Chinese people than Tolkien has for orcs This book certainly isn t suitable for children, and it s too childish for me So I don t know who the audience is It s easy to see The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol.1 as a fluffy action confection It doesn t smack you in the head with a puddle of blood and a happy face pin like Watchmen Nor does it open with a girl about to be raped in a post apocalyptic Neo Fascist London like V for Vendetta It doesn t open with extreme gravitas Instead, we get a fun variation of the classic spy mission opener Mina Murray nee Harker, nee Murray is ordered on a mission by Campion Bond grandfather of 007 to It s easy to see The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol.1 as a fluffy action confection It doesn t smack you in the head with a puddle of blood and a happy face pin like Watchmen Nor does it open with a girl about to be raped in a post apocalyptic Neo Fascist London like V for Vendetta It doesn t open with extreme gravitas Instead, we get a fun variation of the classic spy mission opener Mina Murray nee Harker, nee Murray is ordered on a mission by Campion Bond grandfather of 007 to collect members for MI5 s Menagerie From this moment to the last, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol.1 is a cracking tale of intrigue and action, full of famous literary characters who most readers are familiar with and probably even love It looks, feels and reads like a summer blockbuster too bad it was such a flop on screen But this is Alan Moore, and he always has a purpose beyond entertainment.There s much going on in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol.1 Too much to talk about here But one of Moore s most important purposes is his need to challenge our conception of heroes and heroism It s a theme he tackles in all of his best works, but it takes on a special significance in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol.1 because this time he is working with established heroes Moore makes each and every one of his characters unsavoury even nasty then allows us love them despite ourselves Captain Nemo is a pirate, Allan Quartermain is an opium addict, Jekyll Hyde may very well have been Jack the Ripper, the Invisible Man is a multiple rapist, and Mina Murray is a disgraced woman at least according to the conventions of her time who doesn t seem to like men much any None of these heroes seem as ugly as Rorschach or Comedian, nor are any as ruthless as V, so we enjoy their adventure, cheer them on as they cross swords with the first M who turns out to be the granddaddy of villainous geniuses , and overlook behaviours that are little better than the nastiest behaviour of some of Moore seasy to disdain protagonists What Moore wants us to consider is in the contrast between his characters and the established characters He wants to challenge our affinity for these heroes He wants us to ask questions about them and ourselves why do we overlook the behaviour of the League Why are we on their side Why do we support and why do they support a nostalgic view of Blighty s colonialism Why do we give these heroes a pass His answer is that we do it because they are familiar We know them We know of their exploits, either through first hand experience or through hearsay, and we are ready to embrace their greatness before we even start reading about them in the League We re steeped in their mythologies from the original books to film adaptations to stage plays to comic strips to animation, and having already accepted them as heroes we accept them as versions of us They are us, and we can t see ourselves as anything other than likable, so we cut the Menagerie considerablyslack than we d cut for Moore s other heroes and Moore wants us to see that our willing delusion when it comes to these characters is wrong.All the way through this story I couldn t help thinking about The Three Musketeers It s one of my favourite novels, though I haven t read it for a while, and I don t know anyone who doesn t love d Artagnan Hell, I love d Artagnan What s not to love Right Well, plenty if one takes the time to really consider his behaviour He s a murderer, a rapist, and a purveyor of myriad nasty little vices Yet we all or most us love him.Moore wants us to think about that for a while He wants us to think about why we love the characters we love, then apply that knowledge to the way we see ourselves and the world around us I believe he wants The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol.1 to provide as much meaning for audiences as his recognized masterpieces, Watchmen and V for Vendetta I think he succeeds, even though its manifestation is so subtle it can be easily missed The fault, dear Reader, is not in Moore s writing, But in our reading That is why we are underlings Great good fun Alan Moore and Kevin O Neill collaborate on a TASTY tale where characters from literature and pulp fiction inhabit an alternate Victorian England and band together to save the empire and have a rousing fine rime of it.Readers will enjoy Moore s penchant for adding detail to his DELICIOUS mix of HAVEATYOU with inclusions of characters from Dracula, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Allan Quartermain Mythos and the Invisible Man.And of course there is Jules Verne s Great good fun Alan Moore and Kevin O Neill collaborate on a TASTY tale where characters from literature and pulp fiction inhabit an alternate Victorian England and band together to save the empire and have a rousing fine rime of it.Readers will enjoy Moore s penchant for adding detail to his DELICIOUS mix of HAVEATYOU with inclusions of characters from Dracula, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Allan Quartermain Mythos and the Invisible Man.And of course there is Jules Verne s Captain Nemo.An erudite reader will also pick out scores of references to other characters and even a brief inclusion of a very special Dickens character The Where s Waldo quality of finding references to classic books is half the fun.Besides the CORNUCOPIA of allusions and references, Moore spins a novel and spirited tale to boot and adds greater depth to the characters than may be otherwise be imagined This is an intelligent, smart and entertaining joy ride and O Neill s illustrations are spot on.Bravo And I ll be reading While I liked this, it did take me at least three chapters to get into it, or care about the characters We have a group of rather strange characters, whom most will recognize from some of the classic horror and sci fi tales, working for a man they don t know really know anything about, and of course, the true boss, hiding in the shadows The stories are interesting, and kept my attention, but I wasn t truly into it until the characters started forming bonds and being emotionally invested One t While I liked this, it did take me at least three chapters to get into it, or care about the characters We have a group of rather strange characters, whom most will recognize from some of the classic horror and sci fi tales, working for a man they don t know really know anything about, and of course, the true boss, hiding in the shadows The stories are interesting, and kept my attention, but I wasn t truly into it until the characters started forming bonds and being emotionally invested One thing I didn t like was speech bubbles in foreign languages that weren t translated I get not everyone speaks English, and that s fine, but if you aren t going to translate text into the language it s published in, then just leave the speech bubbles out The art is good, and keeps a dark, muddy tone throughout, with a splash of bright color here and there, which I found very fitting I would recommend this for fans of classic horror and sci fi, mashups, Sherlock Holmes, the Victorian Era, or England Side note There is a rather lengthy short story at the end, in text form with some illustrations While it is a good story, it is overly wordy, and repeats itself, using slightly different words or viewpoints, at the beginning of every chapter It could ve easily been a third shorter, just by getting rid of that I would say read it or skip it, it s up to you, unless you are an H.P Lovecraft fan If you are a fan, I recommend reading it