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Century 1969

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969 [Amazon, Amazon (Collected), Local Library] by Alan Moore, Kevin O’Neill, &al.

Moore O'Neill The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century 1969

The bad and the good of the latest regarding Mina Harker and her peculiar company:

Moore’s alternate history in this book is not compelling (“hippy fascism” in the US?)–I thought that Warren Ellis’ Planetary did a far better job of this sort of thing. Unsurprisingly, as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has progressed through the 20th century, it has come more and more to seem like an inferior version of Planetary, which started out doing for the 20th century what The League originally did for the 19th. 

Moorcock “crossover” homages? They’re not exciting to me the way they would have been when I was a teenager. Modeling the villain on Aleister Crowley — as was set up in 1910? Meh. Professed Magus Moore either proves that he has no idea what a moonchild is (and has never bothered to read Crowley’s novel of that name), or he’s gratuitously throwing dust in the eyes of the profane. 

There were lots of fun little in-jokes; the incorporation of Rosemary’s Baby into the plotline was a nice touch. I couldn’t help feeling that I was missing dozens of cameos in O’Neill’s crowded panels. 

The art in the psychedelic sequences is great! I also thought that Moore’s rewrite of “Sympathy for the Devil” was just splendid.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 3: Century #1 1910 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill.

Alan Moore Kevin O'Neill The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century 1910

Moore just can’t seem to shake Jack the Ripper, who comes back from hell somewhat anachronistically in this League story, the first of a new series evidently intended to span the 20th century. Best appreciation of this number will be afforded by prior familiarity with the earlier volumes of Extraordinary Gentlemen, as well as some of the sources for Moore’s baroque metafictional weave. In particular, Aleister Crowley’s novel Moonchild provides critical background.

I found the singing narration from incidental characters—with an interminable Bertolt Brecht riff—a little tiresome, but O’Neill’s art is in top form, and the whole piece should be enjoyable to anyone who has liked the earlier comics. (The dismal movie should not be considered an element of the ouvre.) As usual with the League, some of the tastiest material is in the non-comic-book appendix stories. Evidently, Moore can’t keep himself from writing more tales than any artist can be expected to keep up with! [via]