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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 2)

Huge capsules are raining from the sky and crashing down upon the earth. If that weren’t strange enough, they’re filled with… creatures. Hideous, deadly creatures from the planet Mars. Once again, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen are called into service. They are split up: Captain Nemo, Mr. Griffin, and Mr. Hyde to defend the Thames River, and Mina and Mr. Quartermain to the countryside to find a Dr. Moreau who can give them a weapon against the invaders. When one of their number betrays them, however… can the League recover from their fractured numbers in time to save the world?

After the glowing review I gave the first volume, I’m hesitant to say I did not like this volume nearly as much. In fact, I hardly cared for it at all. The level of violence grew exponentially in this volume, and some of it was quite disturbing. I felt a little blindsided and I don’t think all of it was necessary. The writing is still excellent, as we learn a little more about some characters and their relationships here. The art was just as good as it was in the first volume. A great series, but if I’m in the mood for a reread, I’m sticking to the first volume.

– Kathleen

Moore, Alan, and Kevin O’Neill. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 2). 2004.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 1)

Wilhelmina Murray has been tasked with an intriguing adventure. She is to find and recruit gentlemen of certain talents for espionage work for the British Empire, as per her superior, Campion Bond. Allan Quartermain, an excellent marksman, is found in an opium-induced stupor in Cairo. Dr. Jekyll has been roaming about the dark side of Paris since his supposed suicide. Hawley Griffin – well, he could be anywhere, as he’s invisible. They are all assembled in due order and they travel on none other than Captain Nemo’s submarine. They learn that Britain was planning a moon landing on the year of 1900, but the technology to make it happen was stolen. The Cavorite has fallen into the hands of someone called the Doctor, but what he wants with it is an enigma, and it’s their job to find out.

In a word, it’s fun. The writing is tongue-in-cheek and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. That many of the characters are references to literature of this period makes it even more enjoyable. Yet it doesn’t hesitate to touch on very adult themes, such as sexuality and PTSD. The art is fantastic: dark, sketchy yet very detailed, and highly atmospheric. The dialogue is also true to this era. I really felt I was reading a penny dreadful – if they were in comic book format! It could appeal to superhero, steampunk, or literary fans. It’s easy to see why it’s so acclaimed. A must-read graphic novel!

– Kathleen

Moore, Alan, and Kevin O’Neill. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 1). 2002.

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