The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009 Review!

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Title: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009 (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #3.3)

Author: Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill (Illustrator)
Release Date: July 10th 2012
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions, Knockabout 
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★
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In Chapter Three, the narrative draws to its cataclysmic close in London 2008. The magical child whose ominous coming has been foretold for the past hundred years has now been born and has grown up to claim his dreadful heritage. His promised aeon of unending terror can commence, the world can now be ended starting with North London, and there is no League, extraordinary or otherwise, that now stands in his way. The bitter, intractable war of attrition in Q'umar crawls bloodily to its fifth year, away in Kashmir a Sikh terrorist with a now-nuclear-armed submarine wages a holy war against Islam that might push the whole world into atomic holocaust, and in a London mental institution there's a patient who insists that she has all the answers.

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My Review: 


The finale! Orlando and Mina take on the antichrist in Century 2009 who just happens to be The Boy Who Lived. 


I've been disappointed with the previous two installments of the Century trilogy, (links to the reviews below) but I was pleasantly surprised by Century 2009 and how it reminded me of the first two volumes of the original series. 

The league, which comprises of Orlando, Allan and Mina, is obsolete at this point, with Orlando as a soldier, Allan, as a homeless junkie and Mina trapped in a mental hospital after the events of 1969. We open with Orlando, speaking about his experiences during wartime and then finding Mina later on but I liked the quiet moments in the beginning of Century: 2009, where we get to know more about Orlando and Mina and how they cope with this new world on the verge of decimation. 

We see why all these characters like one another, besides just off-handily mentioning how they sleep with one another, which was one of my complaints in the previous installments and how they all came back together was really poignant. 

The story went really fast and felt shorter than the other ones although it was 80 pages just like the rest. We didn't get too much payoff with the Kashmir situation, as it was pretty much shoved into the background and the criticisms of Harry Potter felt really hollow and thrown in. Moore could have gone deeper with the criticism if he felt like it, but it just sounded bitter, especially when he was blatantly speaking for the characters. 

The ending is very League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, with Mary Poppins pullingDeus ex Machina and saving the day. However, I wish it was longer, with a more complete ending than the abrupt one we were given. 

Do I recommend Century? Alan Moore has changed a lot as a writer and unfortunately, not for the better. His stories are just plain weird, with no rhyme or reason to the point where it's unintentional self-parody.

I would say read The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen V.1 and V.2 (which is my favorite) and pretend it ended there. 



Have you read The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century series? What did you think? 



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