Author Topic: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen  (Read 313 times)

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
« on: March 13, 2019, 08:46:39 AM »
Just had a flick through volume 1 of this on the illegals and ooh, it seems rather ruddy sodding cunting good. So I ordered volumes 1, 2 and the Black Dossier. Have I done a good? What do you think of League? Are you reading The Tempest? Did you read Century? Nemo? Watch the film?

Glebe

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Re: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2019, 12:24:47 PM »
Big fan, The Tempest is supposedly Moore and O' Neill's LOEG swansong, although I believe he has suggested it may continue in some other format (Moore has of course made a surprize move into independent filmmaking, but I imagine there'd be legal issues with doing some kind of film project). The first two volumes are great, I was a bit disappointed with The Black Dossier at first but it makes for a rewarding reread. Century doesn't quite live up to the earlier books but there's a lot of wacky, clever stuff going on... I found the Nemo trilogy a little unsatisfying... The Tempest is wrapping up things up with a few surprizes (actually #5 should be out now, must keep me eyes peeled for that).

I was quite thrilled to get most of my books signed (up to one of the Century volumes, I think) by Kevin O' Neill a few years ago. The film is pretty crap (aside from some nice set design, The Natillus and that)... there's supposed to be a TV series in the works.

Re: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2019, 12:49:02 PM »
Yeah really good. Havent read the latest one where I think Moore savages more contemporary literary figures but Alan Moore is so good i'd read anything of his.

Glebe

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Re: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2019, 01:00:33 PM »
Yeah really good. Haven't read the latest one where I think Moore savages more contemporary literary figures but Alan Moore is so good i'd read anything of his.

I imagine copyright issues make the modern stuff a little trickier... there are some Morris and co. references in Century: 2009, like a poster for Fur Q, and Alan Partridge is namechecked on the cover of a newspaper I think... there's a cameo from Malcolm Tucker with a thank-you to Armando Iannucci in the book credits.

Mister Six

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Re: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2019, 04:08:31 AM »
Ha, I can exactly picture how Malcolm looks when drawn by Kevin O'Neill.

I loved the first two and was vaguely amused by Black Dossier, but Century left me cold. Felt increasingly as though he was writing it to occupy Jess Nevins rather than to tell a good story, and I thought Quatermain and Mina became less and less interesting the further they got from the Victorian era.

Re: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2019, 10:52:37 AM »
Agreed. The first two are excellent, but I think it does decline a bit from Black Dossier onwards. I think it's all the meta-textual Blazing World stuff, or just by having immortals as main characters.