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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 2 )
 
 

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 2 ) [Kindle Edition]

Alan Moore , Kevin O'Neill
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume II finds cocreators Alan Moore (writer) and Kevin O'Neill (artist) back on familiar ground, revisiting the classic Victorian-era characters that they used to such effect in the bestselling and rightfully acclaimed first volume. It's a superhero tale, but--as expected from Moore--a rather unconventional one. This League is drawn from some of the classic characters from English literature: Alan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Hawley Griffin (the Invisible Man), Mr Hyde and Miss Mina Murray (formerly Harker, the heroine of Dracula). And this tale is taken directly from HG Wells' classic War of the Worlds, as Martian invaders (complete with tripods and heat rays) begin to land in England, bent on conquest. They seem unstoppable as they rage across the countryside towards London, but they hadn't counted on the League, or the eccentric genius of Dr Alphonse Moreau.

As with the first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, it's the meticulous sense of era and place that makes volume II a success. The minutia of Victorian England is set seamlessly alongside objects and ideas that never appeared outside of myth and legend, while references to other famous fictional characters and events are casually introduced, then quickly tossed aside. And, of course, it's a ripping yarn, in the classic Boys' Own style (right down to the cliff hanger-style, end of chapter narrations). However, unlike volume I, there are several scenes that aren't suitable for all readers (particularly "those of a delicate disposition"). It's almost as if Moore and O'Neill, anticipating the heightened interest that 2003's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film would bring, have willingly set out to shock and even alienate newer readers. So there's a fairly explicit sex scene, some rather brutal violence and, perhaps most unnerving, it's almost inevitable that no reader will ever look at Rupert the Bear in the same way again. --Robert Burrow

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The second collection of one of the most beloved comics miniseries of our time is here!

This story immediately follows the events of THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN Volume I! The distinguished cast of Victorian heroes—Allan Quatermain, Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, The Invisible Man, and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde—once again answers the call of mother England to face the most unimaginable and fearsome foes ever: invaders from Mars! As London is attacked, leaving the Thames aglow from burning husks of tenements, mass hysteria seizes the nation. But now is the time for courage, for self-sacrifice, for valor ... and for treachery!


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great literature, but a good story 10 Jun 2004
Format:Hardcover
In this fascinating book, author Alan Moore returns once more to his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - a group of strange, yet capable men and women (well, woman, really) in Her Majesty, Queen Victoria's Secret Service. But now, the League faces its greatest threat - the War of the Worlds! Driven from Mars by John Carter and Lt. Gullivar, these foul creatures begin their conquest of Earth (as originally documented by H.G. Wells). The British government has a few tricks up its sleeves, but before this is all over mankind will face its gravest peril and treachery will split the League itself!
This is another fun and interesting book. I enjoyed seeing so many of my Victorian and Edwardian favorites exhumed and thrust into new adventures - John Carter of Mars, Major (later Colonel) Blimp, and Dr. Moreau. As for the story itself, I thought that it was OK. This is definitely not a story of heroes, but instead deconstructs the old heroes as raw materials for a postmodern story instead.
Let me clarify - the War of the Worlds itself was handled excellently, with lots of desperate action and adventure. However, the characters themselves don't seem to come together as nicely as in the first book. Unlike the first book, there are two sex scenes (well, three I suppose), but they are all rather disappointing. It's a dark story of war and death and treachery and surviving. Overall, I enjoyed it. Was it great literature? Heck no. But, it was a fun read and I do recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 2" collects the six issues put out by Mr. Alan Moore & Mr. Kevin O'Neill. The great conceit that Moore and O'Neill came up with was to create a late 19th-century version of a group of superheroes based on literary creations from that time period (in many ways the opposite of the legendary "Watchmen" series). Back again are the core group: Allan Quatermain from H. Rider Haggard's "She," Captain Nemo from Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," Mina Murray from Bram Stoker's "Dracula," Edward Hyde from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Hawley Griffin from H.G. Wells's "The Invisible Man." The works of Wells become a major factor in Volume 2 as two more of his science fiction novels are worked into the tale. The first is "The War of the Worlds," as the League is called upon to save England from the Martian tripods. The second plays a decisive role in saving the day, but I think that deserves to be a surprise for the reader.
Things do not work as well the second time around, partly because the novelty of the idea has worn off and also because the members of the League are not particularly well suited to dealing with invaders from Mars. That might explain why the soap opera elements are a bit more prominent this time around as Miss Mina becomes romantically entangled with one of the gentlemen and Hyde kicks Jekyll out of the picture. Actually Hyde becomes the most interesting character in this story, although you will need a strong stomach to read about how he deals with the group's traitor. For that matter, you should be forewarned that this trade paperback might look like a collection of comic books, but these are not for little kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutley spiffing !!! 22 Dec 2003
By raven
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
the second volume of the leagues adventures supasses the first one in both story, artwork and excitement.
the seamless and darn right clever way the characters interact and the story moves along are a joy.
as usual you'l have fun spotting the literary references and 'in jokes' in the artwork and these just add to the pleasure of the story.
A superb read on all levels. If you love alan moore and the league or if you just love a darn good adventure story then why are you reading this !! BUY IT NOW
PS, Oh and there is some ribauld naughtyness in the story too!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Actually, my copy of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 2" collects the six issues put out by Mr. Alan Moore & Mr. Kevin O'Neill courtesy of America's Best Comics over the past year or so. Consequently it has nothing to do with the movie, which seems fair since the movie, just released on DVD, had relatively little to do with what now has to be referred to as Volume 1 of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." But then the movie merely copied the idea of the comics without capturing the magic.
The great conceit that Moore and O'Neill came up with was to create a late 19th-century version of a group of superheroes based on literary creations from that time period (in many ways the opposite of the legendary "Watchmen" series). Back again are the core group: Allan Quatermain from H. Rider Haggard's "She," Captain Nemo from Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," Mina Murray from Bram Stoker's "Dracula," Edward Hyde from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Hawley Griffin from H.G. Wells's "The Invisible Man." The works of Wells become a major factor in Volume 2 as two more of his science fiction novels are worked into the tale. The first is "The War of the Worlds," as the League is called upon to save England from the Martian tripods. The second plays a decisive role in saving the day, but I think that deserves to be a surprise for the reader.
Things do not work as well the second time around, partly because the novelty of the idea has worn off and also because the members of the League are not particularly well suited to dealing with invaders from Mars. That might explain why the soap opera elements are a bit more prominent this time around as Miss Mina becomes romantically entangled with one of the gentlemen and Hyde kicks Jekyll out of the picture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Moore or Less!
The 2nd volume in Alan Moore's "League" series serves as a good sequel to the original.

This 6-part story is based on HG Wells' "War of the Worlds". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. T. E. Rochester
5.0 out of 5 stars War of the Worlds from a different viewpoint
I purchased this more as a War of the Worlds fan than necessary a League fan so this review is in that context. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but for fans only.
The second LOEG graphic novel is OK, but not great.
It starts off well and sets up a potentially great story, but unfortunately it's let down by strange and unnecessary plot... Read more
Published 12 months ago by rob shreeve
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything's tickety-boo with this adventure comic
Pastiches (crossovers of classic fiction) have been done before, but not quite like this. Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill create a universe where all fiction is in fact reality,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Thomas Lyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is a highly intelligent book with amazing characters, intense action and lots of clever references to various literature. Even better than the first volume
Published 15 months ago by David J Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle format is flawed
I purchased the Kindle version of this to read on my iPad and was disappointed to discover that there were pages randomly missing from the book! Read more
Published 24 months ago by P. Dionysopoulos
4.0 out of 5 stars Less novelty, more darkness
This time the League is up against the Martians, and after a first chapter that intersects with O'Neill's work on Nemesis for 2000AD, the League are involved in the fight. Read more
Published on 3 May 2007 by Robert Lauder
2.0 out of 5 stars A massive decline in standards
After reading the first volume I thought that this would have been yetanother must have from Mr Moore. How wrong was I?
The story feels like H.G. Read more
Published on 20 April 2004 by Richard Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant!
The knowledge and closeness to literature origins leaves the reader mesmerized. It is really impressive how much thought of a genius has been put into story development, dialog,... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2004 by Branko Vekic
1.0 out of 5 stars A big waste
Considering how great the first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was I am quite disapointed with its sequel. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2004
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