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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Black Dossier (League of Extraordinary Gentmn) [Paperback]

Kevin O'Neill & Alan Moore
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8 Mar 2012 League of Extraordinary Gentmn
England in the mid-1950s is not the same as it was. The powers that be have instituted some changes. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen have been disbanded and disavowed, and the country is under the control of an iron-fisted regime. Now, after many years, the still youthful Mina Murray and a rejuvenated Allan Quatermain return in search of some answers answers that can only be found in a book buried deep in the vaults of their old headquarters a book that holds the key to the hidden history of the League throughout the ages: The Black Dossier.

As Allan and Mina delve into the details of their precursors, some dating back centuries, they must elude their dangerous pursuers who are hell-bent on retrieving the lost manuscript...and ending the League once and for all.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Knockabout (8 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086166177X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861661770
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 16.5 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I sometimes think that Black Dossier is the most rewarding, the richest, of all the volumes of the League. Much like the chrono-crystal aleph that Allan Quatermain finds himself stranded on in Allan and the Sundered Veil, it allows us to see glimpses of the League s history, intriguing insights into stories perhaps remaining to be told. --Forbidden Planet International

The comics industry, without hyperbole, is living this situation whenever Moore releases a new comic, and that, simply put, is why it s such a big deal for comic fans. He s our Shakespeare....Ultimately, the Black Dossier lives up to the reputation of previous League stories, and justifies the long, long wait since the previous one. --James Hunt -Den of Geek

Everything here is a cut-and-paste collage of previously published fiction, and half the fun is spotting the references...What is utterly mind-boggling is not only Uncle Alan s breadth and depth of cultural knowledge, but the ingenuity with which he s reweaved his unpicked threads into a brand new tapestry which holds so well together. --Page 45

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ALAN MOORE acclaimed English graphic novel author of works such as Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Having his start in the British underground comics scene to quickly rise to becoming regarded as a Shakespeare of graphic novels. Known for hidden pop culture and literary references in his writing, showing the rich amount of research that goes into everyone of his pieces.

KEVIN O'NEILL a comics illustrator best know for his work on The League of Extrodinary Gentleman series. Starting in the comics industry at the ripe age of 16, and quickly rising to a position at 2000 AD. Now a freelance comic artist, having done not only work with Alan Moore, but work with Pat Mills on Marshall Law.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars P.G Wodehouse meets H.P. Lovecraft 16 Jun 2009
I could have been forgiven for totally passing on this book if I'd believed the majority of negative reviews here and even one from a close friend.

I'd bought "1910: Century" and enjoyed it immensely but realised I'd missed out a chapter of the League's progression and quickly bought "Black Dossier".

To be fair I can understand why some people seemed unimpressed....it messed with their expectations. I suspect those who hate this book also didn't enjoy the prose sections in the other 2 volumes. What seems very clear is that Alan Moore is once again playing with the medium and challenging the reader in a similar manner to Dave Sim in later issues of the mighty "Cerebus the Aardvark"

This is a fantastic addition to the continuing mythology and any true fan of the "League" is going to revel in it. Those expecting a tongue-in-cheek boy's-own comic-book romp are only going to be partially satisfied. The text-heavy (inspired) literary sections are utterly essential to our understanding of the different incarnations of the Murray-Group. Through this device the overall timeline is finally revealed. There are sections which only now become relevent with the release of "1910" and these led to several "oh wow" moments on my behalf. Mr Moore most definitely has a larger plan.

Once again the inspired use of literary characters and references is an absolute pedant's joy. I especially enjoyed the P.G Wodehouse/H.P.Lovecraft pastiche and the Orwellian Jane but it's all good to be honest.

If you love the true spirit of the "League" then don't hesitate; it's an essential purchase which really helps you fill all those pesky spaces inbetween. On the other hand if you just want another off-the-wall oddball-superhero comic then I'd strongly advise you to go elsewhere. This volume represents a bold new evolution for the series and is certainly not a book for fairweather fans.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book lover's dream. 19 Aug 2010
By Octo7
The hardcover edition of this book is simply beautiful. First the presentation: black cover with embossed MI5 insignia with a wrap-around dust-jacket, fabric bookmark attached to the book. Some sections of the book are printed on different types of paper in order to give individual stories their own unique charm and sense of place. The final chapter is in 3D and the book contains a free pair of 3D glasses provided in the jacket.

Now the content; This one is not for everybody. Even those who read and enjoyed volumes one and two may be a bit put off by the shift in style of the narrative. If, like me, you really enjoyed the short story at the end of League Volume 1 and the Traveller's Almanac at the end of Volume 2; you will love this. It's dense, very text-heavy and extremely varied from chapter to chapter. It opens with a comic, then turns to text, then back to a comic, then more text etc. The artwork is stunningly detailed and varied, possibly Kevin O'Neil's best work to date and that's a big deal. The overall tone has changed quite drastically, even more noticebly than volume 2 did from volume 1. There is a lot of nudity this-time round, also the setting has changed to 1958 so the language and aesthetic have all shifted too. Also, if you didn't bother to read the New Traveller's Almanac at the end of Volume 2 you will probably be highly confused about Allan Quatermaine's appearance and the fact Miss Murray is as youthful and attractive as ever even though the story takes place 70 years after the events of Volume 1.

All in all I would recommend this book to open-minded fans of Alan Moore and fiction in general. Don't buy this expecting a graphic novel or a Victorian adventure-yarn for boys, this one is more cerebral and requires an enthusiastic reader who can handle a bit of meat with their veggies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential 22 April 2010
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This is a "heavy" book agreed, and it IS confusing when you first pick it up but it grows on you and i find it very essential in understanding the universe that is created in the books. You simply understand more about the other books after reading this one. Brilliant but demanding. I particularily enjoyed the "Fanny Hill" section where i find that he hits the style of the original novel spot on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars League of Two 29 Jan 2010
The third volume of tales ripped from the pages of British fiction features the usual eclectic mix of iconic characters. James Bond and Emma Peel rub shoulders with Billy Bunter and Prospero in a rich stew that bubbles along playfully, cooked up with affectionate care by old comic pros Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill.

The plot is rather thin, really this is a potted history of the "League" more than a full fledged story.And rather than the dramatic mix of personnel of previous volumes the League itself has dwindled to two (Quartermain and Mina Harker)for most of the book. None of this matters, though, as Moore packs in enough off the wall references and obscure character links (Bob Cherry from Greyfriars becomes Harry Lime, in a fruit related punning episode, for example)to keep the reader avid.

O'Neill's art is as spikey and effective as ever, the creators' affection for the characters (eg, the pathetic Billy Bunter is wretched and traitorous but his persona is consistent with the snivelling but not villainous original character in Frank Richard's great school stories) stops this series becoming as aggressively critical of its source material as O'Neill's earlier "Marshall Law."

The book ends with a heartfelt poetic defence of Fiction itself, delivered appropriately by Shakepeare's Prospero. This is a great unifying drawing together of the whole series, considering that this includes episodes featuring Rupert Bear and "War of the Worlds" this is no mean feat.

The only less than successful parts of the book, for me, were the rather pointless 3D pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb, different fun
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier, is excellent. It takes the universe built up on countless works of fiction and goes a step further, this time mixing in the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thomas Lyle
3.0 out of 5 stars Too heavy
It is a bit too story heavy, it should be more comics oriented, it is sometimes difficult to feel that you are reading a comic instead of a book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by jorge quadros
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Alan & Kevin the Great
Extraordinary work for the creators of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. What can I say? The Black Dossier is a Must!!!!
Published 10 months ago by Sebastian Pivotto
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
Bought this as a gift for my other half, he loved it so that's about all I can say about it.
Published 11 months ago by Gotpaintinmyhair
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great background
I bought this about the same time as the Century series and it was really helpful to fill in a lot of detail. Some good stand-alone stuff nevertheless too.
Published 15 months ago by The Professor
5.0 out of 5 stars LXG BLACK DOSSIER
Not to beat about the bush, but in my opinion, this is the greatest comic ever published. It is endlessly re-readable, funny, violent and at the end has a great deal to say about... Read more
Published 18 months ago by MR N S WILSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
Better than expected after the mixed reviews / difficulties with obtaining in the UK. Actually this is an aptly extraordinary piece of work, full of clues and pointers for the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. Dolphin
2.0 out of 5 stars Overambitious background thingy...
Alan Moore is a terrific creator and writer, no doubt about it, but this is not of his usual standard. Not even close. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Peter Honore
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Lover's Dream
The hardcover edition of this book is simply beautiful. First the presentation: black cover with embossed MI5 insignia with a wrap-around dust-jacket, fabric bookmark attached to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Octo7
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated - an essential piece of the LoEG story
I've been following the League stories since the very beginning and thought I should pitch in here after reading other reviews of this installment. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Chrislovesbuffy
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