Thursday, June 14, 2007

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1 by Alan Moore

Description: (Back of Book) London, 1898. The Victorina Era draws to a close and the twentieth century approaches. Its is a time of great change and an age of stagnation, a period of chaste order and ignoble chaoes. It is an era in need of champions.

Allan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, Hawley Griffin, Dr. Henry Jekyll, Mr. Edward Hyde, and Mina Murray are those champions and together they compromise the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Recruited by the enigmatic Campion Bond, under orders from the mysterious "M," these six adventurers are pressed into service by their empire in its time of need. Now they must face the nefarious Doctor and his vile plan for world domination. But things are not entirely as they seem; other factors, cryptic and corpuscular, are also at play. A remarkable drama ensues.

Review: After seeing the movie, I discovered that the story was actually a graphic novel. I finally got my hands on a copy. As usual, I liked the original material much better. I really enjoyed the novel and thought the story was very interesting. I also like the concept of different literary figures coming together to help solve a mystery. This is an adult novel, with adult concepts, so I would not recommend it to younger readers. If the story sounds interesting and you definitely should pick up a copy.

Score: 4 out of 5

Movie Connections: Stephen Norrington brought the story to the big screen. The main story was somewhat altered a bit, but was still entertaining. After reading the novel, I am not sure I like the adaptation as much as I did before. But that is more of a problem with the screenplay than the movie itself. The movie itself was okay but nothing mindblowing.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

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