Some of the 19th century's best loved literary characters
have formed a group intent on protecting the British empire
in its time of need. Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, Dr. Jekyll,
Mr Hyde, the Invisible Man and miss Mina Harker must combat
an insidious threat that will decide the supremacy of the
London skies, but will their success unleash a far greater
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen brings
together the best in 19th century literature and throws the
characters into a strange parallel universe. While 19th century
London seems the same on the surface there are a number of
elements that should not be there. Why, for example, is there
an antigravity ship? And, at the Reichenbach Falls, why doesn't
everything go the way that it should when it comes to Sherlock
Holmes and Moriarty infamous battle to the death?
Moore's creation is hilarious and written to mimic the style
of the era. Each of the original comics finished with a warning
- for example: "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." Pure
O'Neill's art is impeccable and helps to convey the right
atmosphere. His dark renderings of the slums of East London
are heart stopping.
graphic novel also contains a collection of stories set out
like a mini novel as well as reprints of the original comic
covers and a few tongue-in-cheek cartons that are designed
to reflect the art work of the period.
you are a literary nut then you will love this - although
James Bond fans may be mortified to discover their hero is
a bit of a chubster. In
a word this graphic novel is, quite frankly, breathtaking.
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