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Readable but not classic
on 12 November 2013
I don't know if I'm alone in this, but I'm increasingly finding Alan Moore is going off the boil.
His early stuff had me honestly categorise him as one of the great writers of the twentieth century, but in comparison to some of those classics (Watchmen, Killing Joke, V for Vendetta, Marvelman, etc), much of what he does now seems just.....mundane.
I know, I know Alan Moore mundane, who would have thought
The first two Victorian League of Extra-ordinary Gentlemens were works of genius in my opinion: 1911 was a complete waste of space. 1969 was highly enjoyable, and this one......has it's moments. There are all the usual Moore touches like his razor sharp insights into society (these stories happen in a parallel reality and the comparisons to our own are intriguing and convincing).
2009 also continues 1969's amusing convention of inserting relevant cultural icons into the narrative (a Michael Caine lookalike in 1969 and two James Bonds - Moore and Craig - in 2009).
But there are problems here, too - in terms of characterisations (often one of Moore's strengths) there is a feeling that he simply isn't interested in his central trio of Mina, Alan, and Orlando anymore, certainly not to the extent that he was interested in the early Leaguers like the amoral Mr Hyde, the arrogant Captain Nemo, or the treacherous Invisible Man.
Worth the money but not much more than that. I hope for a return to form from Mr Moore before too long!