The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 3: Century #1 1910

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Press:Top Shelf Productions Top Shelf Productions; First Edition edition (May 19, 2009)
Publication Date:2009-05-12
Author Name:Alan Moore,Kevin O'Neill


The new volume detailing the exploits of Miss Wilhelmina Murray and her extraordinary colleagues, Century is a 240-page epic spanning almost a hundred years. 
Divided into three 80-page chapters — each a self-contained narrative to avoid frustrating cliff-hanger delays between episodes — this monumental tale takes place in three distinct eras, building to an apocalyptic conclusion occurring in our own, current, twenty-first century.Chapter one is set against the backdrop of London, 1910, twelve years after the failed Martian invasion and nine years since England put a man upon the moon.
In the bowels of the British Museum, Carnacki the ghost-finder is plagued by visions of a shadowy occult order who are attempting to create something called a Moonchild, while on London's dockside the most notorious serial murderer of the previous century has returned to carry on his grisly trade.
Working for Mycroft Holmes' British Intelligence alongside a rejuvenated Allan Quartermain, the reformed thief Anthony Raffles and the eternal warrior Orlando, Miss Murray is drawn into a brutal opera acted out upon the waterfront by players that include the furiously angry Pirate Jenny and the charismatic butcher known as Mac the Knife.

From Booklist

Acclaimed graphic-novelist Moore (Watchmen, 1987; From Hell, 2000) continues his high-concept saga employing classic ­adventure-fiction characters banded together to answer threats to the British Empire. 
This first book of a trilogy spanning nearly a century sees Dracula heroine Mina Murray, H.
Rider Haggard’s adventurer Allan Quatermain, and new colleagues Raffles (E.
Hornung’s 1890s gentleman thief), Thomas Carnacki (William Hope Hodgson’s pre–World War I ghost hunter), and Virginia Woolf’s ambisexual Orlando investigate shadowy occultists with possibly apocalyptic intentions.
Meanwhile, Brecht’s Mack the Knife is nabbed for dockside murders of prostitutes as Pirate Jenny warbles vengeance.
While the premise of mixing and matching famed fictional figures has lost some of its novelty, the thrill of how adroitly and intelligently Moore does it remains.
O’Neill’s detailed art matches the intricacy of Moore’s design, combining the meticulous line work of period book illustrations and a distinctly modern vitality.
Since, after a spat with DC Comics, Moore has taken the series to relatively little Top Shelf, fans who can’t find the new League in comics shops will likely turn to libraries.
--Gordon Flagg


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  •     Another Alan Moore triumph
  •     I have a theory about The League of Extraordinary Gentleman: The Black Dossier. My understanding is that it was the last Alan Moore book published by DC Comics (under its subsidiary Wildstorm) and my suspicion is that this was Mr. Moore's revenge on a publisher to which he held no great love. Looking at the reviews on Amazon `The Black Dossier' is either a literary masterpiece or an unreadable mess. I side with the later crowd. 1910 on the other hand is published by Top Shelf Comics which is completely independent of any major publisher so I was hoping the volume III might return the League to its roots.1910 is far better than the Black Dossier but still comes up short. Somehow I think that Alan Moore is missing what made the original League so popular. For me it was fascinating to see popular literary characters brought together to form a super group and in many cases the characters contained exceptional abilities that today would be termed super powers. In the end the group fought each other even more than they fought external foes. In particular Hawley Griffin (The Invisible Man) and Mr. Hyde prove to be completely uncontrollable. The new team includes Carnacki the Ghost Hunter and A.J. Raffles the Gentleman Thief. What? You've never heard of Carnacki and Raffles? Join 99% of the public. Not only are the new members FAR more obscure they are also dull as dishwater. The interleague squabbling consists mainly of the semi-immortal, gender shifting Orlando from The Black Dossier being so annoying that the other members want to slap him.If nothing else The League of Extraordinary Gentleman may inspire readers to learn more about the literary references in the stories. I ended up hitting Wikipedia for Carnacki and A.J. Raffles but I have to confess found them kind of boring and didn't investigate deeply. There certainly is no lack of characters from the early 1900's that Moore could have used so I'd be curious as to how he made these choices.When Alan Moore is at the top of his game he is the best comic writer ever and when he's off he's still really good (Black Dossier being the one exception). This is a really good book but it's not a great book and it pales in comparison to volumes one and two. I'll definitely get the next volume when it comes out but I won't be on pins and needles waiting.
  •     Great story!
  •     I really like this series got them all. The art is worthy of the writing and original.
  •     It's a bit of a slow beginning, but the story gets there. I'd recommend reading Black Dossier before indulging in this so that you know what's going on.
  •     It's a bit dark and hard to see on a Kindle.
  •     gift
  •     A good fun book.
  •     Well, well, here we go again. After "The Black Dossier", which I found tremendously disappointing after so long a wait (v2 itself having been a bit of a let-down from the preceding one), Moore and O'Neill's famous Victorian adventure heroes return for an adventure with an actual plot. The first of three 'graphic novellas' (it's basically just a slim graphic novel) telling the story of an overarching plot in the 20th century, the events of this one were alluded to in the "Dossier". Plot details are discussed herein, so be warned.Moore said he wanted this to function both as part one of three and as a story in its own right, hence the decision to abandon the more traditional 22-page single-issue format of previous installments in favour of larger bundles. In that sense, he has succeeded. "1910" has both an internal narrative arc and an ending that augurs future plot developments. On the question of how compelling this story is by itself, I would say reasonably so, moreso than either "The Black Dossier" or "League v.2", though many of my problems with this property remain.As alluded to in "The Black Dossier", this story picks up in 1910, with the League consisting of old standbys Mina Murray (not yet a blonde), Allan Quatermain ("Junior"), Thomas Carnacki (from W. H. Hodgson's "The Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost Finder", originally serialized in "The Strand"), A. J. Raffles (another magazine serial character, created by Arthur Conan Doyle's brother-in-law, E. W. Hornung), and a male Orlando (Virginia Woolf's novel of the same name; a major figure in "The Black Dossier"). The reign of Edward VII has ended, and the inauguration of George V is impending, with the Great War that will bring to a definitive end this period in world history whispering on the horizon. Our crew is following Carnacki's premonitory dreams which involve the moon-child cult of Oliver Haddo (Aleister Crowley's "Moonchild") and the return to town of Jack MacHeath. Meanwhile, in a separate plot, Janni, the daughter of Captain Nemo, arrives in London hoping to escape her father's wish for her to succeed him.Sexual perversion and violence against women has been a recurring theme in Moore's work (in his early classic, "Watchmen"), and repeatedly throughout the "League" books Moore seems to be depicting the nature of Victorian society (he did something similar in "From Hell", which also featured Jack the Ripper, though in a very different light to how he's shown here). Moore has taken some criticism for his use of rape as a plot device in the past, so those critics will find more to criticize here, as the poor Janni, violated by some wharfside scum, summons her father's men to wreak deadly vengeance on the waterfront before assuming her father's identity as Nemo. It's certainly not an act portrayed lightly, of course (and never was in his work), but as a plot element it can perhaps get a bit tiresome. Moore has already done many stories about how, as he ends here, human civilization runs on "monstrous deeds".From a narrative perspective, this story repeats some of the problems I had with earlier iterations of this group: the main characters don't do or accomplish much in the course of the story, there's little character development (only, really, in Janni's case, and that's a fairly standard story that Moore doesn't add anything new to here), or any of the things that make Moore's best work special. The most notable feature is probably Moore's extensive use of written music, as both MacHeath and a seaside madame named Suki spend more or less all their screentime 'singing' (which comes across to the reader as rhymed narration or monologues). This is a unique use of the comic book format that I'm not sure would really work in a visual medium, given the time that passes between panels of the song. As with Moore's "From Hell", there's a great deal of criticism of Britain's class structure here, and the hypocrisy of the upper class of this era. Kevin O'Neill's art is customarily good.This is probably the best whole installment of the "League" franchise since the original volume in 1999. All the same, I cannot escape the feeling that there are more interesting things Moore could be doing with his time.
  •     It’s 1910, and a good deal has changed for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Captain Nemo is on his deathbed, and asks his daughter to take over the Nautilus and his mission.
  •     First of all, these people were on some serious drugs. I love everything by Alan Moore, but this, this is defidently the strangest.
  •     Very nice series , BUT I hope to remove ADULT contents , because , it is NOT suitable for childrenI did not a notice in Amazon about containing adult contetns ( nude and...
  •     The Edwardian return to the League of Extraordinary Gentle is heavy on atmosphere and on characters who have profounds effects, but are ultimately incidental to the comic arc. Jinni Nemo's story line involves a somewhat cliched arc turning in the Private Jenny of the "Three Penny Opera", and the background story around Hebbo (who is an obvious incarnation of Aleister Crowley) begins in a fairly obvious manner. The League is much more sedate and, frankly, ineffective compared to its earlier incarnation with more obviously brutal personalities like Hyde and Griffin. Mina's tracing of Mac the Knife is interesting and states true to the idea that she is more or less the only truly useful member of the League. This story seems to more ground work for the two issues, but the it is stylistically very interesting. O'Neill's art is sardonic with just enough hints of the period to carry the book. Moore's critique of the personalities in pulps continue, but in this more obscure volume it seems to just make the adventures of the league that reported off-page seem unlikely. Those critiques aside, this is still a very interesting comic and better than most that gets released, but it doesn't seem to have same pull as some of Moore's other works on the topic.
  •     Cpt nemos daughter is an unsympathetic hero. The villians were fine. A strong comic needs someone I can get behind and root for. The plotting lumbered along. Too little action, to much talking. 4 star was mostly because I liked the illustration.

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