- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Knockabout (22 May 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0861661605
- ISBN-13: 978-0861661602
- Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 0.5 x 25.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910 Paperback – 22 May 2009
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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.
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!
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.
However, if The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910 were the only piece of work by which one could judge his work, then that claim would be in serious doubt.
This is the first League story to be published outside the DC publishing house which produced the previous stories - and with which Mr. Moore has often been in commercial and artistic dispute. The absence of professional editorial oversight shows. While Kevin O'Neill's artwork remains as rich and layered as ever, in Century 1910 Moore's storytelling talents seems to be in serious default. What in the previous novels was the chaotic brilliance of a counter-culture polymath has now developed into the rambling, repetitive screeds of an eccentric bore.
While Mr. Moore's plotting has always been labyrinthine, here it meanders like a wormcast. The League itself plays little part in driving the plot forward and seems to feature in the work just to show off Moore's favourite, most solipsistic hobby-horses - the tawdriness of the hero archetype, the prevalence of deviant sexuality and the randomness of anomic ultraviolence. These may be interesting subjects in themselves but in Century 1910 they seem old and tired and purposeless. Even the usual rape sequence appears like an old man's gamey fantasy than any plot or character device. An editor would have pruned all this back.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The start of a tedious trilogy. I have found nothing of interest or to sympathize with in the characters. The plot ultimately goes nowhere for nothing, and the artwork is poor. Read morePublished 14 months ago by billbadblack
The Amazon text describes Century as a 216 page epic which could mislead people into thinking that Century 1910 (book one of three) has 216 pages, rather than the 80 pages it has. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dogtooth
This book (series) is equal parts work of visual beauty, interesting story and characters, literary wheres Wally puzzle. Read morePublished 21 months ago by nathan hands
It wasn't up to the standard of the other books , still not a bad read tho , hence 3 starsPublished on 16 May 2014 by victor morkan
Best read with a google prompt close to hand... And project Gutenberg charged and ready for much downloading of free fiction.Published on 29 April 2014 by James Hegarty
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 morePublished on 29 Feb. 2012 by RIJU GANGULY