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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The: Century 1910 [Paperback]

Alan Moore
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22 May 2009
The third volume detailing the exploits of Miss Wilhelmina Murray and her extraordinary colleagues, Century is a 216-page epic spanning almost 100 years. Chapter one is set against the backdrop of London in 1910, 12 years after the failed Martian invasion and nine years since England put a man on the moon. With Halley's Comet passing overhead, the nation prepares for the coronation of King George V, while far away on his South Atlantic island, the science-pirate Captain Nemo is dying.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Knockabout (22 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861661605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861661602
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better on a second reading 6 Jun 2009
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On the first, I reacted pretty much the same as the other reviewers, dashing off a two-sentence synopsis to a friend and telling him not to bother.

On the second reading I began to appreciate it more though, although readable, it's actually less accessible than some of Moore's other works (the first two LOEG volumes for example). I can understand why other reviewers were disappointed because the League appears relatively ineffectual in the story which itself is very separate from the other plot strand until the very end. We expect our heroes to, if not always win, at least have a significant effect. Here they are misled and ineffective.

The other part of the story concerns what happens to Nemo's daughter in London's East End, and not very pretty it is either, told in the manner of Brecht's Threepenny Opera with her as Jenny Diver and Macheath as a returning Jack the Ripper.

Operas tend to have prologues and this LOEG volume is essentially the prologue to the new series. What happens here will resonate in later volumes later in the century so it's certainly unfair to dismiss future parts on the basis of the first. However I can understand people who didn't like The Black Dossier (I do, a lot), not liking this as it's more in keeping with TBD's tone than with the first two books.

I particularly liked the Prisoner of London, trapped in space but not in time.

There seems to be some confusion over the identity of Quartermain Jnr. As far as I am aware he is Allan Quatermain made immortal by going, with Mina Murray, through Ayesha's fire. Oliver Haddo is the equivalent of Aleister Crowley in a W. Somerset Maugham story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work but still enjoyable 8 Nov 2010
By The Emperor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This was not vintage Alan Moore in any way. However there is still a lot to praise in this book.
My main criticism is that not enough happens. Sure there are plenty of witty lines and some good set pieces but there just didn't seem to be that much of a plot. Of course it is relatively short and is setting up events in future volumes. On a subsequent read through I did start to appreciate it more.

I liked O'Neil's artwork though I think it can be a bit of an acquired taste. It was very evocative and the layout was very clean and clear as well. There is sometimes quite a lot happening and a careful study of what is going on in the background can be entertaining.

Many of the characters that are introduced are not as famous as the ones in previous volumes and I probably didn't get many of the allusions in the book.
It has the usual amusing adverts on the inside of the front cover and the short stories at the back are witty.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same? 3 Oct 2013
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
I picked this up in my local library, having only seen the recent Nemo: Heart of Ice since reading the original story, lo those many years ago. The basic plot of this volume, which is set in 1910, involves the daughter of Captain Nemo running away to sea, and fetching up in a dockside hotel in London, though for narrative purposes, this appears to be in the East End, where she finds work as a chamber maid. Meanwhile, Karnaki (the Ghost-Finder) has had a dream of this, as well as of an occult group who are up to no good. Fortunately, being a member of the current League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, his colleagues are able to do a bit of amateur sleuthing into the matter of the occult group, in which we meet several literary characters, though sadly, due to libel laws, very few of the real occultists who inhabited that era. The sleuthing doesn't really go anywhere, and Nemo's daughter, after rejecting her inheritance when it comes looking for her to tell her of her father's death, finally embraces it and summons the Nautilus to exact revenge on `the East End' when she is sexually assaulted while going about her work. The sleuths turn up to see what is going on at the Dockside, and bump into her just as she is leaving. There is a bit of a sub-plot involving MacHeath the Dockside Murderer, possibly due to the use of songs from the Threepenny Opera to accompany and enliven a rather dull section of the story, but that is about it. Hopefully, this was an episode in an ongoing story, and not a work complete in and of itself. As the old saying goes, if you are the sort of person who likes this type of story - Alan Moore writing his own version of Edwardian dialogue, with much contemporary literary allusion, and illustrated by Mr Kevin O'Neill in his fortunately inimitable style - then you will find this story to your liking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerslush 10 Sep 2011
Where before the League was self reverential victoriana, this moves into character study, and not based on previous novellia. It therefore falls or rises depending on your view of the previous. If you love Alan Moore's study of previous literature, it may not appeal as much. If you love fresh interpretations, especially where somewhere as esoteric as Nemo's daughter might explore, through rejection, rape and redemption.. then explore.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bit more intellectual than your average comic 8 Jun 2009
-The most important thing to remember about this comic is that it's one of three, as in it's not a finished story. It's part one... of three.
And it's awesome. In scope and in content...

All of the negative feeling I got from the reviews on this page seemed to be some kind of backlash of Alan Moore's choice of content. Where 'The League' was originally praised for being complex, different, intelligent and actually required you to read - I know! Actual reading! - up on the subject if you wanted to get all of the jokes and references, now people seem to think that this is its downfall. That it's just too clever for its own good. Make up your minds people!

Personally I found it brilliant, elegant, brutal and it hints at a fantastic volume 3 (like I said this is just the first part). It also feels like Alan Moore is setting down a giant blueprint of the series by dabbling across time periods, that as this volume is a snapshot across three eras of the League you get the feeling he'll be filling in the missing years later (he gave us a broad outline in the black dossier). Or maybe he'll go back pre-mina and quartermain? Who knows, I'm just here for the ride. (I have only one question for Mr Moore, and that is will Sir Harry Flashman be making a cowardly appearence?)

If you want full page splashes of spandex clad super heros or eighty pages of fight scenes with dialogue amounting to four or maybe five words this simply isn't a comic for you. This is a comic for the more curious comic reader.
I say bring on the sixties League!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it
Awesome read, and great graphics!
Published 27 days ago by Kat
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok not great
It wasn't up to the standard of the other books , still not a bad read tho , hence 3 stars
Published 2 months ago by victor morkan
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Best read with a google prompt close to hand... And project Gutenberg charged and ready for much downloading of free fiction.
Published 3 months ago by James Hegarty
3.0 out of 5 stars Regaining shape?
After the previous "The Black Dossier", I had approached this volume rather warily. It is not upto the mark in terms of the 1st & 2nd volumes, but seems to be getting better. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by RIJU GANGULY
2.0 out of 5 stars King of Trolldom!!
There are moments in life when people feel defeated, feel down and depressed, or even just disappointed. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by Simon Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillliant way to start the next chapter
The League is back and it's confusing as ever, it took at least two reads for it to all make sense and it paves the way for an incredibly interesting next chapter for the Murray... Read more
Published on 4 May 2011 by Mr. Nick Dowden
2.0 out of 5 stars Thin and disappointin
This is the most threadbare yet in this series. Alan Moore is often far more about style than substance and this story really suffers from lack of substance. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by itsbruce
4.0 out of 5 stars Century 1910
Totally different to previous League books but then again, none of them are all that similar. I guess it's the pacing with this one, it's quite a slow burner and practically... Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2010 by Octo7
3.0 out of 5 stars Please tone down the spoilers!
Okay, I haven't read this yet, so don't take my rank to heart, I had to enter something post this.

Reviewers, please leave out spoilers! Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2010 by Mr. C. G. Mardle
4.0 out of 5 stars moore strikes back
after the slight disappointment of the overly self referential "black dossier" moore returns with a more solid narrative piece, not a masterpiece, but surely a finely tuned... Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2009 by P. della Francesca
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