The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1

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Overview

"A sharp-witted gloss on the scientific and sexual obsessions of Victorian society."—TIME"Moore has combined his love of 19th-century adventure literature with an imaginative mastery of its 20th-century corollary, the superhero comic book."—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY"Swashbuckling, wry humor."—SPINLondon, 1898. The Victorian Era draws to a close and the twentieth century approaches. It is a time of great change and an age of stagnation, a period of chaste order and ignoble chaos. It is an era in need of champions.In this amazingly imaginative tale, literary figures from throughout time and various bodies of work are brought together to face any and all threats to Britain. Allan Quatermain, Mina Murray, Captain Nemo, Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde and Hawley Griffin, the Invisible Man, form a remarkable legion of intellectual aptitude and physical prowess: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781563898587
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Series: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Series , #1
Edition description: Graphic Novel
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 227,097
Product dimensions: 6.64(w) x 10.13(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Alan Moore is perhaps the most acclaimed writer in the graphic story medium, having garnered countless awards for works such as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing and Miracleman. He is also the mastermind behind the America's Best Comics line, through which he has created (along with many talented illustrators) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea, Tom Strong, Tomorrow Stories and Top Ten.

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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My name is Emily and i have gotten the novel or comic book what ever you like to call it and have read it the same day i got it, i lvoed it and plan to get the second volume of this novel. i am 15 years old so i dont think anyone will listen to me but i have the understanding of someone much older and take this novel and spend the day reading it, you wont be able to forget the people: A drug lover , alan quiatermain. the Jittery scientist Jekyll, the mad-man Nemo the unknown vampire Mina harker/murry and the Invisible man Hawley Griffin/Rodney Skinner
mrfredrich More than 1 year ago
Anyone who likes Watchmen yet wants to try out something a bit different should check out TLEG. The quality/detail of the drawings coupled with the wit of Alan Moore makes for a great read.
Othemts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel brings together several fictional characters - Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, Dr. Jekyl, and the Invisible Man - to solve mysteries in an alternate universe London. The tone of the book is dark and the characters are highly-flawed and untrustworthy. Moore unsettling writes in style that reflects the racist and jingoistic attitudes of the time. On the other hand Mina is a strong female lead, and although the other characters grumble about her, they still follow her lead. I'll definitely read more in this series.
riida on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
extraordinary! ok...bad pun aside, this graphic novel is nothing like the movie (thank goodness)!the art is simply beautiful. Dark, stark, and not at all cartoon-ish. the entire comic is packaged like something out of the pulp magazine era (or at least how i imagine the pulp magazine era to be). the plot itself is simple, well contained, and astounding.of course, reading about some of literature's most iconic characters, interacting and moving in the same world, is thrilling enough for a bibliophile! ms. murray was from my favorite childhood book. henry and edward are again figures from my teen years. captain nemo is a more recent acquaintance. quatermain i only know from that old movie i remember watching on a late night when i was very young. i have yet to read the works that featured mr. griffin and msr. dupin, but they are famous enough for me to recognize from which novels they came from. And of course, who doesn't know m? (i know...these characters' characters have been mangled by the comic...but i don't care too much...it's a comic after all!)i now understand why this is ranked as one of mr. moore's best works. i already own the second volume. i'm currently hunting for the third :)
lisahistory on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Early steampunk? Campy and violent but with Victorian characters and an assumed understanding of who some of them are.
aadyer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent, a very original steampunk setting, and much better than the film, which I actually happened to like too! Alan Moore at his glorious, refined, and slightly anarchic best!
Prop2gether on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Best part for me was the story at the end of the graphics, part horror, part fantasy, and entertaining.
hobbitprincess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I guess this would qualify as a steampunk novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I had never read a graphic novel before, but I might have to consider reading more of them. This is definitely a child's comic book! I'm not even sure it belongs in a middle school library because some of the drawings are a bit risque. The story's a good one, though. I've not seen the movie, so I can't compare the two. I want to know why Mina wears that scarf all the time, though. Perhaps in another volume?
iftyzaidi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A homage to the great adventure stories of the late nineteenth century, which is streaked through by some of Alan Moore's trademark brilliance, but somewhat spoilt by the racism (evil Arabs & Chinese) and occasional misogyny. Some brilliant touches include the cameos by Oliver Twist, Ishmael (from Moby Dick), etc. The art work is also of an outstandingly high quality (though quite gruesome on occasion). I loved picking out lovely little details (for example when they are walking through the British Museum, one of display cases has a skull of a 'yahoo' (from Gulliver's Travels)).
edgeworth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A case of deja vu. Just as the last book I read, Count Zero, was quite good but didn't live up to its groundbreaking predecessor Neuromancer, Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is an excellent comic which (understandably) fails to match his groundbreaking Watchmen.The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is probably shoulder-to-shoulder with V for Vendetta as Alan Moore's most famous creation after Watchmen. The concept is essentially a "Justice League for Victorian England," operating on the premise that famous works of 19th century fiction were real, and their heroes are recruited into the titular League. Beginning with Mina Harker from Dracula and Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, the League soon enlists Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, H.G. Wells' Invisible Man, and Allan Quatermain from King Solomon's Mines. Many of the supporting characters, and even minor background figures, are also from famous works of fiction, and spotting them is half the fun. Sherlock Holmes and the Artful Dodger are impossible to miss, but I feel like dozens went right over my head.The artwork is quite different from Dave Gibbons' in Watchmen; sort of scratchy and cartoony, with as much emphasis and exagerration as possible without actually breaking the boundaries of realistic illustration. The League of Extraordinary Gentleman takes place in an alternate universe in more ways than one, with the British Empire being far more industrially advanced than it was at the time. One early full-page image shows a gargantuan half-completed bridge stretching across the English Channel, and the cityscape of London swarms with cranes, airships, bridges, tunnels and towers.The premise is excellent, but the plot is a standard adventure story, with villains and infiltrations and fights and narrow escapes and nothing particularly original. Moore clearly enjoys poking fun at the tropes of the Victorian era - particularly with villainous foreign stereotypes - but this doesn't even begin to compare to Watchmen's masterful deconstruction of the superhero genre.The League of Extraordinary Gentleman is nonetheless a good, solid graphic novel, which I enjoyed reading, and I didn't hesitate to order the second volume. Just don't expect it to be on par with Moore's much greater Watchmen.
polarbear123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to confess that I did not read the stories at the end of this volume. I tried but failed. However the comics are fantastic, well drawn and I like the humour on every single page. Give me more!
israfel13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Better bring your concordances with you today boys and girls, each page is literally packed with literary allusions, asides, and references. A literature majors dream or nightmare.
selfnoise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The famous characters of Victorian novels, effortlessly translated into retro superheroes by the fabulous Alan Moore. And did I mention that the art is really excellent? Both volumes are highly recommended for the discerning adventure fan.
drewandlori on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you only know the Sean Connery movie, do yourself a favor and read this right away.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first graphic novel but certainly not my last. Oh my! What a treat for the reader. You have a gathering of some of literature's finest: Mina Harker (now Murray) from Bram Stoker's Dracula, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll AND his dark counterpart Mr. Hyde, Allan Quartermain from H. Rider Haggard's awesome novel King Solomon's Mines -- who all come together under the direction of a strange character named Campion Bond. It seems that a nefarious underworld gang has stolen a vital propellant which they plan to use to attack London from the air; the British government wants it back. But the job is dangerous, thus our friends come into the picture.Don't expect any great literary value here, however, it is a GREAT read if you just want something fun and entertaining. Believe it or not, the characterizations are very well drawn and you won't want to stop reading until you've finished. Now, on to Volume 2!
dr_zirk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of the more successful of Alan Moore's ventures, and the icing on the cake this time around is the fact that Kevin O'Neill is a highly capable artist - in so many another context, Moore's interesting narrative ideas are practically sunk by the work of makeweight illustrators. Beyond that observation, the main thing to note about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is the wonderful inventiveness of the tale and the giddy re-appropriation of nineteenth century fictional characters aplenty which provides an excellent platform for some wild adventures and some truly beautiful drawings by O'Neill. There's no doubt about it - when Alan Moore is paired up with an artist who is capable of bringing his visions to life, the results are thoroughly rewarding.
drneutron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not that big a fan of graphic novels, but the artwork and story in this and the following volume are just superb. What a great jumping-off point for anyone wanting to explore steampunk!
DoubleL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
couldn't say enough good things about this series and am very excited to read the newest instalment. anyway it's so creative, great for book nerds, especially of the turn of the twenty-century lit dork set. very clever. funny. weird. dark. lovely all around.
skyekat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Many years ago I saw the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie, and remember hearing fans of the book outraged at the treatment. After reading the first volume, I think I can begin to see why. Every character exists in their own shade of grey here. While at first there seem "good guys" and "bad guys," at times the distinction seems wholly beside the point. This is not your average spy story, but rather a story where that formula is used to ask questions about authority and morality.The story follows the founding of this ill-suited group: Mina Murray (ex-Harker) who is in charge of rounding them up, Captain Nemo, Alan Quartermain, an opium addicted relic, Dr. Jeckyll and his alter-ego Mr. Hyde, and the lecherous invisible man, Hawley Grffin. They aren't told why they're being assembled, or whom they truly work for. All they are told is that, in the uncertain times at the brink of the twentieth century, Britain needs them. Doubts surround them, many of the well founded, but they do their duty to their country. Nothing turns out to be as it seems. Dichotomous notions of good and bad are twisted and turned. There's plenty of mystery and intrigue. Is what they're doing really in the interest of the greater good, and who makes that call?It is also worth noting that the extended prose story, "Allan and the Sundered Veil" that is at the end of the graphic novel is well worth reading, and provides some backstory that is useful for the second volume in the series.
brayzinski on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE MOVIE!!!!! Really enjoyed the story, graphics and flow. Looking forward to purchasing Vol.2!
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great idea, great characters, intriguing. Abrupt ending.
Girl_Detective on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this graphic novel by Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen, a strong willed woman with a mysterious past, an ex-adventurer with an opium habit, a psychopathic invisible man¿all report to a man named Bond, who works for a mysterious ¿M¿.Mayhem soon follows. There are more favorite Victorian characters here than you can shake a stick at. Not only is it fun to read, but it also makes me want to have another go at the source material. It was this series that first spurred me to tackle Gulliver¿s Travels, Wells¿ Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, and more. I enjoyed the series, and it made me eager to read more, and to learn more. Not many books can do that, eh?
aethercowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Alan Moore went out to create the Grand Unified Theory of Literature, he really started something big. So big, in fact, that another author has written at least three books explaining every single reference of Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.If you've only seen the film, immediately forget that you saw it. If you read the atrocious novelization of said film, forget you've ever read it. If you want to experience true League, you must be willing to earn it. How do you earn it? Well, by reading a comic book, and occasionally reading blocks of text that, while seemingly unimportant, are chock full of little tidbits and references to great literary works, and even more subtly known works.The premise of the first book is this: a world in which all literary characters coexist. Mina Harker (of Dracula) recruits several individuals of the Victorian era of literature: Allan Quatermain, Henry Jekyll, Captain Nemo, and Hawley Griffin (the Invisible Man). They are tasked with preventing a mad doctor, who is a weakly disguised Fu Manchu, from making use of the lighter-than-air element: Cavorite!Just because these characters are protagonists doesn't mean they're "heroes." Allan has chemical dependencies, Griffin looks out for himself, Nemo is prejudiced, and Jekyll spends a little too much time as Hyde.No matter, I was hooked, and I'm sure you'll be hooked too, if you're a fan of the literature of that era.
JonathanGorman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not bad. I actually liked the "serial" in the back better than the actual comics. Not a bad story, but it seems sometimes that the backdrops and incidental character references overwhelm the plot or actual character development. On the other hand, just going through the list of characters that seemed to be character references and I didn't recognize will keep me occupied for a while.Certainly intended for an older audience, something to keep in mind. But if you like authors like Stroker, Wells, Verne and other folks around the Victorian era, you might like Moore's spin on them.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1 collects the 6 issue comic series of the same name, written by Alan Moore, illustrated by Kevin O'Neill and published by America's Best Comics, an imprint of Wildstorm Studios. Following the adventures of several literary "superheroes" during the turn of the last century, the story takes place in an England that is just a step away from reality. The main characters are pulled from classic literature of every genre: there is Mina Murray from Bram Stoker's Dracula, Captain Nemo from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea, Alan Quartermain from H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines, the title characters from Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as well as H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man. There are numerous other references hidden throughout the collection of other literary characters. I felt that a reference guide would be a fun addition to the collection to point out all the easter eggs hidden in the series.I really enjoyed reading this series. What's not to love: it's witty, smartly written, there is great character interaction, espionage, intrigue, great literary references sprinkled throughout; everything that makes a great reading experience. I give it 4 stars only for the fact that I still feel it would be been a good addition to the collected edition to have a reference guide to all the references.