- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Top Shelf Productions (Aug. 9 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1603090061
- ISBN-13: 978-1603090063
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.6 x 25.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol 3: Century 1969 Paperback – Aug 9 2011
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Alan Moore is widely regarded as the best and most influential writer in the history of comics. His seminal works include Miracleman and Watchmen, for which he won the coveted Hugo Award. Never one to limit himself in form or content, Moore has also published novels, Voice of the Fire and Jerusalem, and an epic poem, The Mirror of Love. Four of his ground-breaking graphic novels—From Hell, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—have been adapted to the silver screen. Moore currently resides in Northampton, England.
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Crucial touch points in addition to Kenneth Grant for the context of the 1969 are Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones as well as Hyde Park. Brain Jones is morphed here into Basil Thomas. However, I will also note that while the pop culture references abound, they don't seem to have the same punch as in the first two volumes. The critique of British Imperialism is not as relevant here and the most of the more brutal heroes are gone and with them, most of the effectiveness of the League. Mina alone remains as Orlando and Allan are mostly there to illustrate what they don't understand.
While marginally more interesting than the 1910 in terms of plot, it is a lot stronger than the volumes that come after it. Still, one can feel that the closer one gets to contemporary culture, the less immediately irrelevant is the critique implied in Moore's original premise for the League.
This one man is single handedly more effective at stopping the evildoers in the novel than the entire League of 'Extraordinary' Gentlemen put together.
During the course of Century 1969, only one of Mina, Allan, and Orlando will be doing something worthwhile at a time, while the other two are either doing nothing or messing up in such a major way that doing nothing would have been preferable. Now, I know some of you are thinking 'but TLOEG has always been about inverting the genre and showing the real human side of these characters, mistakes and all'. Well, that might be partially true, but in the preceding League volumes, the characters were still doing things to help save the world/England that normal people would have a hard time pulling off. They were never as useless as they were in this novel.
Moore also spends so much time focusing on the villains in this story that there isn't any mystery and barely any suspense in the already muddled plot. In fact, there are a few nonsensical plot elements I can't really describe without spoiling the novel.
Now to be fair, while I stand by that this is Moore's worst wok, it's easily artist Kevin O'Neill's best. 60's fashion and drugs are truly his muse. I could see some people loving this book for the artwork alone.
Like Watchmen and the other League novels, Moore ended this story with a companion piece called 'Minions of the Moon'. This piece provides plenty of interesting back story on the characters, along with it's own worthwhile League Adventure in it's own right. Unfortunately, Moore decided to write it at a Nathaniel Hawthorne level of overly-complicated-and-pretentious writing. Still I wouldn't recommend that you skip it.
While I definitely didn't enjoy this book, I would say 2009 is a bit of an improvement, so if you like this, you might as well finish the series.
The strongest elements are the satire of the period -- the Rolling Stones are the main target, but there are amusing references to everything from "Get Carter" to "Wild in the Streets" -- and the art. The book is worth a look just for the imagery of Mina's bad trip. The worst of the book is that Moore lets his propensity for hypersexualization of his female characters run rampant here, again turning Mina into a teen fanboy fantasy.
The setting is also a compelling fiction analogue to real life events, from the Rolling Stones tribute concert to Brian Jones becoming the Purple Orchestra's concert for Basil Thomas. Numerous fictional substitutes for Aleister Crowley and Ronnie Kray. While the amount of references borders on the excessive Moore's tension in the plot is still palpable. Simaltaneously this is a volume where Kevin O'Neill's art truly stands out as amazing with the battle in the astral plane and punk rock sections standing out.
Great for League fans though this won't be the easiest volume to pick up.