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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1

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by Alan Moore, Ben Dimagmaliw, Kevin O'Neil, Bill Oakley
     
 

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In this amazingly imaginative tale, literary figures from throughout time and various bodies of work are brought together to face any and all threats to Britain. Allan Quartermain, Mina Murray, Captain Nemo, Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde and Hawley Griffin, the Invisible Man, form a remarkable legion of intellectual aptitude and physical prowess. Presented in this

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In this amazingly imaginative tale, literary figures from throughout time and various bodies of work are brought together to face any and all threats to Britain. Allan Quartermain, Mina Murray, Captain Nemo, Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde and Hawley Griffin, the Invisible Man, form a remarkable legion of intellectual aptitude and physical prowess. Presented in this trade paperback is the League's first adventure together, from their initial recruitment to their heroic victory. Also included in this volume is the illustrator's masterful sketchbook, which gives unique behind-the-scenes insight to the artistic process.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Acclaimed comics author Moore (Watchmen) has combined his love of 19th-century adventure literature with an imaginative mastery of its 20th-century corollary, the superhero comic book. This delightful work features a grand collection of signature 19th-century fictional adventurers, covertly brought together to defend the empire. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comprises such characters as Minna Murray (formerly Harker), from Bram Stoker's Dracula; Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll (and his monstrous alter ego, Mr. Hyde); and Jules Verne's Captain Nemo, restored to the dark, grim-visaged Sikh Verne originally intended. There's also Hawley Griffin, the imperceptible hero of H.G. Well's The Invisible Man, and Allan Quartermain, the daring adventurer of King Solomon's Mines and other classic yarns by H. Rider Haggard. It's 1898, and these troubled adventurers are spread around the globe, in the midst of one pickle or another. Quartermain is found near death, delirious in a Cairo opium den; the perverse Griffin is captured terrorizing an all-girls school (leaving behind a series of mysterious pregnancies); and the gruesome Mr. Hyde is rescued from the mob set to kill him at the end of Stevenson's classic novel. This collection of flawed and gloomy heroes is recruited to fight a criminal mastermind (a notorious 19th-century literary villain) intent on firebombing the East End of London. The book also includes "Allan and the Sundered Veil," a rip-snorting, prose time-travel story starring Quartermain and written in the manner of the 19th-century "penny dreadful." Moore and O'Neill have created a Victorian era Fantastic Four, a beautifully illustrated reprise of 19th-century literary derring-do packed with period detail, great humor and rousing adventure. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
In the waning days of the Victorian era, a cast of five agents is instructed to save England. Each agent had been a respected member of society, but for various reasons (divorce, drug addiction) they have all dropped out of public favor. Whom they work for is uncertain; the group's leader, Miss Murray, believes that it is the famed detective Sherlock Holmes, back from the dead. Against an atmosphere that is both exciting and repressive, Moore and O'Neill have superimposed a drama that is inventive and suspenseful. The script is full of wit and literary references at one point a seaman instructs his captain ("Nemo") to "Call me Ishmael" and the illustrations charm. Highly recommended for public libraries. Stephen Weiner, Maynard P.L., MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563898587
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Series
Edition description:
Graphic Novel
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
128,159
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My name is Emily and i have gotten the novel or comic book what ever you like to call it and have read it the same day i got it, i lvoed it and plan to get the second volume of this novel. i am 15 years old so i dont think anyone will listen to me but i have the understanding of someone much older and take this novel and spend the day reading it, you wont be able to forget the people: A drug lover , alan quiatermain. the Jittery scientist Jekyll, the mad-man Nemo the unknown vampire Mina harker/murry and the Invisible man Hawley Griffin/Rodney Skinner
mrfredrich More than 1 year ago
Anyone who likes Watchmen yet wants to try out something a bit different should check out TLEG. The quality/detail of the drawings coupled with the wit of Alan Moore makes for a great read.
R_Hinshaw 7 months ago
Mostly lives up to its brilliant and fun premise. I had seen the movie first, which I liked. I know it isn’t great cinema and some of the special effects weren’t up even to the standards of the time it came out, but I thought it was fun and enjoyed most of the actors / characters. The book (Volume 1 collecting the first series of the comic book) has a smaller central group of characters (no Tom Sawyer or Dorian Gray). The artwork is not the most pleasing to the eye, but fits the somewhat seedy tone of the book. Lots of nods to other 19th or early 20th century works. I enjoyed volume 1 quite a bit more than volume 2, which disappointed enough that I don’t plan on seeking out the third volume.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was okay. I had seen the movie first. And it was okay in moments. Not good but not that bad. Just okay. Anyway, this one was okay as well. The art was okay to kind of good at times. Still an interesting read.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
The League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle­men, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore is a graphic novel col­lect­ing issue from the first run of this pop­u­lar series. A movie by the same title was made in 2003, how­ever don’t let that turn you off from read­ing this won­der­ful rendition. Cam­pion Bond, Direc­tor of England’s Intel­li­gence ser­vice — MI5, has recruited a team of inven­tors, sci­en­tists, spies and adven­tur­ers who are known for being able to get their job done no mat­ter what. This team con­sists of Mina Mur­ray from Bram Stoker's Drac­ula, Allan Quater­main pro­tag­o­nist of H. Rider Haggard's series from the late 19th Cen­tury, Cap­tain Nemo of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde of the Scot­tish author Robert Louis Stevenson’s famed hor­ror novel, as well as HG Well's invis­i­ble man, Haw­ley Griffin. The team is ordered to recover an anti-gravity com­pound, Cavorite – invented by physi­cist Mr. Cavor (from H.G. Wells’ The First Men in the Moon) before the noto­ri­ous Dr. Fu Manchu (intro­duced in a series by Sax Rohmer dur­ing the first half of the 20th cen­tury) can get his hands on it and attack Lon­don from the air. The League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle­men, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore brings in a bunch of famous fic­tional char­ac­ters, writ­ten by dif­fer­ent authors, to a steam­punk adven­ture which spans lit­er­a­ture and imag­i­na­tion. The story revolves around sev­eral famous Vic­to­rian char­ac­ters which serve as a won­der­ful intro­duc­tion to their sto­ries and authors. The graphic novel is illus­trated with skill and tal­ent, every panel has an aim and is wor­thy of close exam­i­na­tion. Every panel is aimed at the reader who, with some knowl­edge of the clas­sics, can appre­ci­ate the humor and genius behind the lines and words. The char­ac­ters which Mr. Moore “bor­rowed” are full of life and rel­e­vant despite their Vic­to­rian ori­gins. While the main cast (The League) gets the major­ity of the pan­els, there are many more lit­er­ary char­ac­ters hid­den within the novel, hunt­ing for them was a major part of the fun in read­ing this work. The story, together with the art, can be read as a very com­plex novel which is prob­a­bly the rea­son it was not done jus­tice being trans­lated to the big screen. This graphic novel is full of vio­lence, blood, death and sex­ual sit­u­a­tions and innu­en­dos, that is not a bad thing, but let the informed buyer beware. Kevin O’Neill’s mag­nif­i­cent art com­pli­ments and enhances Mr. Moore’s sto­ry­telling. The imag­i­na­tive pan­els of Mr. O’Neill breathe life into old favorites, you will never read those same clas­sics again in the same way.
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I am used to reading B/W graphic novels, So the color format was something new for me. I loved how the story panned out though history. It was very true to life as far as I know. I highly recomend getting this one if you are into comic type thrillers!
Uffda_Gevalt More than 1 year ago
The first volume of a remarkable series, traversing an entangled alternative universe of popular culture so complex that it borders the overwhelming.  It is a pleasure to reread (really soak up the details), and a definite must either for fans of Victorian literature or the graphic novel.   And it's nice to add, nothing at all like the film.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
Never before have I laughed so hard at a graphic novel before. Alan Moore shows his capacity for remembering details of classic fiction and his ability to blend them together in a seamlessly constructed action and adventure story.
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Adrian_Hayes More than 1 year ago
This is a great graphic novel and spurned the movie of several years ago. It is a wonderful foray into a different, exotic world that many have forgotten and the author, illustrator and team allow us to see. This is steampunk at its best.
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