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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Knockabout (8 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086166177X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861661770
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 1 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,005 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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By loucope on 22 Aug. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This review pertains only to the Absolute Edition of The Black Dossier.

In comparing the Absolute against the standard edition I found it to have inferior image quality. Here's where the former suffers in comparison with the standard:

The artwork in the Absolute is softer and seems to have poorer color registration than the standard edition. Up-rezzing art to a fairly sizable larger size can definitely provide a challenge, but I find it surprising that 20 year old books like Watchmen and DK look so good in this oversized format, while a book like this which was tagged to be printed in this format from the get-go comes out looking so cheaply done.

The blacks are contaminated and have a milky brown/purple cast. This extends to the linework as well as the text pages. The text and linework should be a separate element which should overprint the process backgrounds, and everything looks great in the standard edition. I'm baffled as to why what seems to be separated into a unique black plate in the standard edition is built from process colors for the Absolute.

The pressman on the Absolute edition really leaned on the magenta. Skin tones are overly pink, and the entire book has an unnatural pink cast. Again, the standard edition looks great.

The bulk of the Absolute's printed on glossy paper, while the standard is on a nicer (though thinner) semi-gloss stock. This is a personal preference, of course, but I'm not a fan of glossy stock and once again prefer the standard edition in this area.

I highly recommend the regular edition of this book, and I consider it up there with the top comics works released this year.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tim Meakins on 21 Aug. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I really expected more from this... DC have already mentioned that they withdrew the record that was going to be included, but even without that, the original hardback is better quality... It almost seems that they started off in the right direction, then couldn't be bothered to continue...
The original had different types of paper stock for the various "inserts" of the dossier. The Absolute version only does that once. And the "Jane" insert is in the wrong place... There's also something jarring about the stock used for the rest of the book. It almost seems too glossy and almost blurry in some parts...
I hope that sometime in the future, when Moore and O'Neill sort out all the legal issues, we see a better version, but until then, I would recommend buying the "standard" version (in hardback)...
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By G. Thomas VINE VOICE on 16 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LOEGfanatic on 1 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is so disappointing. The other reviews here already cover the details so I shan't bother to repeat them. This looks like a blow up photocopy of the original edition! Also on some pages the panels are so close to the edge as to be nearly cropped!

Comparing this to "The Lost Girls" from Top Shelf, I can see why Mr Moore changed publisher!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Octo7 on 19 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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