[Review] The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore

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London, 1898. The Victorian Era draws to a close and the twentieth century approaches. It is a time of great change and an age of stagnation, a period of chaste order and ignoble chaos. It is an era in need of champions.

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 Quatermain, 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: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” – Goodreads

I don’t understand why critics and YouTube channels that review and talk about movies (so yeah critics) think that the 2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a piece of poop movie. I loved it. It was fun, it was interesting, the characters were awesome and I really don’t know what else those critics expect a movie to be. Sure, I’ve only read the one volume so far, but compared to the comic, the movie is really not that bad!

In the comics the characters seem more real, they’re more awful human beings with real issues, and I  suppose the “realness” appeals to those snooty critics more, but not me. I was actually pretty disappointed to learn that originally (in the comics)Allan Quatermain was a drug addict, instead of the badassy-Sean Connery Sir he was in the movie. Griffin in the comics is a rapist that can’t be trusted, whereas in the movies he’s just a shady dude that can’t be trusted. Dr. Jekyll I suppose, is about the same and so is Captain Nemo. Although with a few more misogynistic ideas, but this whole thing is based in the late 1800’s so… OK.

Unlike the movie, however, Mina Murray is super badass, and not the overly violent or overly aggressive way that Hollywood seems to think portrays a strong woman correctly. Mina is the kind of awesome lady that I love. First, she doesn’t take crap from her male colleagues and their misogynistic opinions. She doesn’t loose her cool because she’s a proper lady and she knows she doesn’t need to because she’s right and they don’t really have any power over her. Even Mr. Hyde, the strongest, most evil, true monster of the lot listens to her! Not only that, but she actually does kick butt when she needs to.

I hope volume 2 and all the following sequels give a little more insight into each character’s background. I’m also hoping for a bit more character development from the other characters but I hope they don’t over shadow Mina’s character. I want them to be equals, that would be quite nice.

Score: 5/5

 

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4 thoughts on “[Review] The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore”

  1. This does sound interesting – especially the portrayal of Mina! You’re right; it’s often hard to find strong, fully fleshed out female characters (at least in comparison to male ones). The book sounded intriguing regardless but their take on Mina makes me want to pick it up sooner rather than later. Thanks for sharing!

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