The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910

30 May

Title: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910

Author: Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill

Publisher: Top Shelf 2009

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 80

Rating:  3 /5 stars

Reading Challenges: Graphic Novel; Support Your Local Library

How I Got It: Library Loan

The new volume detailing the exploits of Miss Wilhelmina Murray and her extraordinary colleagues, Century is a 240-page epic spanning almost a hundred years. Divided into three 80-page chapters – each a self-contained narrative to avoid frustrating cliff-hanger delays between episodes – this monumental tale takes place in three distinct eras, building to an apocalyptic conclusion occurring in our own, current, twenty-first century. Chapter one is set against the backdrop of London, 1910, twelve years after the failed Martian invasion and nine years since England put a man upon the moon. In the bowels of the British Museum, Carnacki the ghost-finder is plagued by visions of a shadowy occult order who are attempting to create something called a Moonchild, while on London’s dockside the most notorious serial murderer of the previous century has returned to carry on his grisly trade. Working for Mycroft Holmes’ British Intelligence alongside a rejuvenated Allan Quartermain, the reformed thief Anthony Raffles and the eternal warrior Orlando, Miss Murray is drawn into a brutal opera acted out upon the waterfront by players that include the furiously angry Pirate Jenny and the charismatic butcher known as Mac the Knife.

I admit absolute disappointment in this slim comic.  I had such high hopes after my enjoyment of Volume 1 and 2 of LXG.  Unfortunately, this one felt completely disjointed to me.  I didn’t connect to any of the characters.  I had trouble to following the storyline.  I found the singing to be an interesting, yet ultimately distracting, storytelling device.  I don’t think I will be attempting to find the other two Century volumes.

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