Title: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1
Author: Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill (Illustrator)
Release Date: October 1st 2002
Publisher: America's Best Comics
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London, 1898. 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 champions.
In 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.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore is basically a Victorian Era Justice League led by famous literary characters.
This is a brilliant concept and if you like literature, it's really fun reading about different characters from different classic works go up against each other. I read this in a few hours and it's great fun and highly entertaining.
One thing I have to mention is the sexism and racism in the comic. From what I can tell and came away with, the sexism and racism in the story were used rather sarcastically to make fun of Victorian mentality at the time. The novel is divided into six "parts" or the six issues that it was originally released as and at the end of each part, you'll get little bubbles saying things like:
"In the next number of our picture periodical, there are 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." -end of Part 1
"The next edition of our new Boys' Picture Monthly will continue this arresting yarn, which the Empire's Finest are brought into conflict with the sly Chinese, accompanied by a variety of colored illustrations that are sure to prove exciting to the manly, outward going youngster of today." -end of Part 2
There's a sense of critiquing Victorian mentalities while not necessary writing this story with a Victorian point of view. Mina Murray, the only female in the league, is a smart, strong, three dimensional character of her own and doesn't rely on the men around her to save her and in fact, brings the league together.
Overall, this was a lot of fun and I'm excited to read Volume Two of the series, which involves The War Of The Worlds *fist pumps* yes!