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‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol. 1’: a comics review

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is the brain child of writer Alan Moore and artist Kevin O’Neill. Moore takes literary characters from the late 20th century (and a little into the early twentieth) and throws them together in what has been called the ‘Justice League of the Victorian era.’ I’ve actually had quite a few requests for doing Moore comics (pun) and I had yet to read this, so that’s that. With that out of the way here is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol. 1!

Writing:

Alan Moore’s writing is (generally) always of good quality. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a fun comic with enjoyable characters. Simply put, this a well written pulp story comic. The pulpiness can be felt immediately felt from its initial concept, the strong presence of steampunk in the work, the direction of the narrative, and the quick pace. Basically everything. But this is also what’s good about it. The writing is good pulp. The characterizations make sense. The action is fun and occasionally intense. The first issue or so are slow to read, but by the end of the collection the pacing is quick fitting in with the climax of the collection.

Art:

The art lends to this sense of pulpiness. It fleshes out the pulpier qualities of the work, such as that with Edward Hyde and the Invisible Man. O’Neill’s art is also good at creating distinguishable characters, backgrounds, and a sense of atmosphere. It’s this ability to create atmosphere that distinguish The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen from the typical pulp work. The sense of detail that O’Neill gives the work a resemblance towards Mike Mignola’s works (but more detailed). It’s obvious though that O’Neill was perfectly suited for doing the art here and adds a lot to pulpy narrative.

Final Opinion:

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol. 1 is a fun pulp adventure story. It’s strengths owe to Moore’s quality story telling, an interesting series premise and O’Neill’s strong art. That being said, this isn’t a comic for everyone. It takes an enjoyment of pulpy stories to like this. But if you happen to like pulp fiction (another pun), and haven’t read this before, I highly recommend it. I had fun with it and will most likely read the rest of the series.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is owned and created by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. Moore serves as writer and O’Neill as artist. It is published by America’s Best Comics.

Now to review the film adaptation…ugh.

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  1. Coolman
    June 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I remember actually enjoying the movie a lot more than the comic. The artwork of the book was far too caricaturized, I felt. And also the inclusion of Dorian Gray was really nice.

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