The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969 Review!

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Title: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969 (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #3.2)

Author: Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill (Illustrator)
Release Date: April 1st 2011 
Publisher: Knockabout Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969 Volume III, Number 2 Chapter two takes place in the psychedelic daze of swinging London during 1969, a place where Tadukic Acid Diethylamide 26 is the drug of choice, and where different underworlds are starting to overlap dangerously. The vicious gangster bosses of London's East End find themselves brought into contact with a counter-culture underground of mystical and medicated flower-children, or amoral pop-stars o Full description


My Review: 

Century 1969 is better than 1910, the first installment in the Century Trilogy, but it still wasn't great. There's something missing in these comics from it's first two volumes and I've concluded that it's the lack of character development from Mina, Orlando and Allan. 

As a trio, you have a chance to explore their characters more since it's a smaller group, but there's no real chemistry with the three of them and even though these are not new characters, (Allan and Mina have been there since the first volume and Orlando from Black Dossier) you don't connect with them. In the first two volumes of the series, it was a bigger cast in the league, but you cared more about the characters and how they worked together, even though most of them weren't what you call heroes. (Invisible Man, I see you, total pun intended). 

The story is fine, I suppose, with Oliver Haddo as the villain and the introduction of a Harry Potter character that will play a bigger role in the finale.

There could have been a philosophical exploration on how immortality is wearing on the trio and maybe a scene where Mina would talk to Orlando on how he deals with his immortality considering he's two thousand years old to her ninety. Instead, you just get that all of them sleep together from time to time and nipples. Lots and lots of nipples. Mina's nipples, random women on the street's nipples and topless women all over the place. But most of the men are fully clothed. Okay.

In the final scene, Mina has an astral battle with Oliver and is tripping out, completely out of it while the Harry Potter character is taking advantage and molesting her in her drugged out state. It bothered me how sexualized she was drawn with her breasts out, nipples fully erect and legs open. Mina's body was so sexualized in this comic and I don't know if it was because it was the ~swinging 60s but it wasn't an excuse. I do wonder if Kevin O'Neill knows anything about the female anatomy, but women's nipples are not hard all the time

I enjoyed reading about Mina's adventures on the moon and the final battle scene was drawn quite beautifully and the attention to detail, including the text bubbles was pretty spectacular.

I have Century 2009 already with me so I'll be reviewing it on Monday and I hope the ending pays off for this sorely disappointing trilogy and I'll stop seeing Mina's nipples all over my line of eyesight. 

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