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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Knockabout (24 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861662326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861662326
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 2.4 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The cumulative effect of reading Century as one reinforces just how good, how involving, how entertaining Moore and O'Neill's tale of literary exploration really is.' - --Forbidden Planet

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dark Jimbo on 6 Aug. 2014
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Century is the appropriately titled third volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, wherein Mina Murray's fantastic League pick their way through the tumultuous events of the 20thcentury. On the face of it, Century sees the plucky band trying to stop the fulfilment of a prophecy that will lead to the birth of the Antichrist; scratch a little deeper and it's really about the true horror of immortality and the imaginative bankruptcy of modern-day fiction.

We start in 1910, mere days away from King George's coronation. The Edwardian League's resident occultist Thomas Carnacki is plagued by visions of a mysterious cult and their efforts to create an Armageddon-bringing `moonchild.' The League is swiftly on the case - but as the ominous trail of events play out, they begin to feel increasingly outclassed and over their heads. Running alongside their investigation is the story of Captain Nemo's daughter Jenni, who has rejected her dying father's legacy and run away to London. An ill-starred fortune awaits her in the stink of Wapping docks, which unbeknown to anyone will lead to the birth of a monster and the deaths of hundreds... This is a darker, meaner century than the League are used to, and their brand of late-Victorian derring-do has had its heyday. It's a brutal awakening that sets the scene for worse to come. At the close of this initial chapter, Mina wonders aloud if they've managed to achieve anything useful at all - little suspecting that they've kick-started the very prophecy they were trying to forestall...

We pick the action up again in 1969. Mina, Allan and Orlando are all that remains of the once mighty team - heroes of Victorian and Edwardian stature being few and far between in these days of hedonism and social upheaval.
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Collecting the three issues under one hardcover may seem a little "double dipping" on the part of Moore and O'Neil, but the hardcover contains a few little extra bits, Italian cover and "bookplates" by O'Neil, but the main plus is that put together the story forms one cohesive narrative.
From 1910 to the conclusion in 2009 it rattles along and contains nods to the past of the series but never fails to move the characters forward, into some quite depressing and shocking areas it must be said, but it's never boring.
Once again, one of the delights of this series are the "cameos" by other fictional characters...after Dogtanian in the "Black Dossier" I didn't think they could better it....wrong! Sid the Sexist, Thunderbirds and Popeye!
The only complaint I have, as with the previous volume, are the mentions of Mina's other "Leagues" it just left me hoping that one day we'll get to see them!
For fans of Moore, well fans of comics in general this really is an essential purchase and shows just what the medium is capable of.
For me, at least, this series keeps getting better and better and is far superior than the incredibly overrated one by Moore that everyone else burbles on about, y'know the one I mean...doomsday clock, giant squid,smiley face badge, blue genitals...basically can't stand it. ( I'd better keep my head down next time I go t'comic shop!)
Bring on the next volume!
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By wiseguy on 24 Sept. 2014
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If T.E Lawrence was alive today, writing graphic novels, he probably wouldn't like this, but he isn't, i`am ,and I love it! a truly great piece of work, its been accused of being too cute,{too many pop culture references for some tastes},but that's just some readers looking at the surface, Alan Moore`s sense of humour, and a real understanding of story and character make this one of the most enjoyable ,and dare I say misunderstood series. As in all series, its best to start at the beginning, that said ,jump in ,the waters fine.
It`s addictive though,, after reading and really enjoying his take on Victorian literary charactors,, i had to get the "Black Dossier", not as I`ve read previously read, a back story filler, but a hugely enjoyable stand alone story in its own right. very highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Ashwell on 3 Dec. 2014
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I'm not sure if this is intended to be the final outing for The league, but there certainly seems a finality to it.
Characters are introduced, others die. Major dangling plot threads from the Black Dossier are resolved. The "Antichrist" (for want of a better term) is revealed... and beaten by a surprise ally. It's all presented in style and verve with Alan Moore's writing ably supported by Kevin O'Neill's flawless artwork.
I'm hopeful for further adventures for the League, but I'm not sure where they can go now. Having said that, I never suspected that they would go where they have done already...
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