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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume III: Century #2 1969 [Kindle Edition]

Alan Moore , Kevin O'Neill
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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CHAPTER TWO takes place almost sixty years later in the psychedelic daze of Swinging London during 1969, a place where Tadukic Acid Diethylamide 26 is the drug of choice, and where different underworlds are starting to overlap dangerously to an accompaniment of sit-ins and sitars. The vicious gangster bosses of London's East End find themselves brought into contact with a counter-culture underground of mystical and medicated flower-children, or amoral pop-stars on the edge of psychological disintegration and developing a taste for Satanism. Alerted to a threat concerning the same magic order that she and her colleagues were investigating during 1910, a thoroughly modern Mina Murray and her dwindling league of comrades attempt to navigate the perilous rapids of London's hippy and criminal subculture, as well as the twilight world of its occultists. Starting to buckle from the pressures of the twentieth century and the weight of their own endless lives, Mina and her companions must nevertheless prevent the making of a Moonchild that might well turn out to be the antichrist.


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  • File Size: 46515 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions (July 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HSJUFI
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "League" in the multimedia age. July 29, 2011
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Alan Moore launched the first volume of "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" in 1999 as part of his ABC Comics line, and these stories have continued through a subsequent volume, a standalone graphic novel, and now a series of three graphic novellas comprising a third volume. The series is now released by Top Shelf after Moore's breach with DC publishing, ironically prompted by circumstances surrounding the awful 2003 film adaptation of "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" volume one. "1969" is the second of the three-volume "Century" series which began with "1910", published in May of 1910. "1969" continues many of the things that fans of the series have come to enjoy about it; while I appreciate much of what Moore is doing, I've always had some reservations about the League as a project, and those continue to be in evidence here. Spoilers follow.

Our story opens with ritual murder, followed by the return to Britain of what has become the League's three regular characters in the 20th century: Bram Stoker's Mina Murray, H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quatermain, and Virginia Woolf's immortal Orlando (who spends the story as a male). London is now in the midst of the swinging 60s (though given Moore's writing style, it's only moderately more sexual than the other venues we've visited), and the heirs of the evil wizard Oliver Haddo are still out to raise the Anti-Christ. It's up to our lead trio to intercept Haddo's men, all the while walking through a galaxy of obscure cultural references (obscure particularly, in many instances, to non-Britons). While past iterations of the League existed in a world drawn almost exclusively from books and plays, the mid-20th century is a multimedia age, and so a panoply of individuals from television and film put in appearances.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The New Less Interesting League August 16, 2011
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You'd be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of Alan Moore than myself. My first introduction to his talent was in 1984 when he started writing Swamp Thing and I now own a good portion of his works from all different publishers. My reaction has generally ranged from enjoyment to complete and utter awe at his abilities. That was until I read The Black Dossier which I kinda didn't dig. I was a huge fan of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but The Black Dossier sailed right over my head and I theorized that it was written as revenge on DC comics; the Dossier being his last published work for the company with which he had no great love. Century #1: 1910 was better than The Black Dossier but it became clear that The Black Dossier was not any kind of revenge but was written as intended and Century 1901 was a continuation of mostly the same.

Century 1969 features Mina Harkin, Allen Quartermain and Orlando continuing their search for the body shifting cultist Oliver Haddo, this time in London in the summer `69. The three may be based on literary characters but I'm just not feeling it. There is some mention of Mina's ever present neck scarf and some talk of how old they are (despite looking younger than ever) but mostly it feels like three people in their twenties enjoying life (sex and drugs) while trying to uncover a plot to bring on the anti-Christ. There is a really cool drug freakout scene in Hyde Park and Andrew Norton makes another great appearance. Moore always nails those moments as when Haddo (named Haddock) does his body transference but overall this isn't a story that made a tremendous impact on me.

I gave Century 1901 four stars mostly based on the respect Alan Moore had engendered in me throughout the years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Obviously No Stones Fan January 22, 2012
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Alan Moore unloads on Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones in this thinly veiled graphic roman a clef centered around the 1969 Hyde Park send-off for Brian Jones, here transmogrified into Basil Thomas. As a Beatles fan, I'm gratified to see Alan's satiric gifts aimed elsewhere but I still think it's a bit of "dirty cricket" to lay the blame for the entry into this world circa 1969 of the misbegotten Moonchild at the feet of poor old Mick. Surely, Richard Nixon must bear some of the blame, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Trippy League August 28, 2011
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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume III now tackles the Love Generation. Now 70 years from the future the League is in even worse shape than it was in 1910 with Mina trying desperately to keep up with the times while Allan and Orlando are relatively inaffectual additions to the League.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Packed full of Easter Eggs but still a real story September 5, 2011
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Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has always been a trivia fan's delight. Each panel is loaded with references to literature and pop culture. A whole cottage industry of websites and books has grown up trying to decode them all (check out Jess Nevins' site at [...] for some great annotations). In the last two volumes (Black Dossier and Century 1910) the Easter Eggs ended up overshadowing the story. Century 1969 continues this practice but manages to also tell quite a story.

The year is 1969 and the place is swinging London where a group of Rolling Stones analogues are dabbling in Satanism and the League is investigating.

There's more than a little sex and references to old films, British comics and TV abound. But this time I felt I could follow and enjoy the story without getting all the references. If you enjoyed any of the prior League books you'll like this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stars
It's good but not great. The team is down to three members. The art is fine-no change from previous episodes.
Published 23 days ago by Exidor
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
I love Alan Moore's writing but this is not his best work at all. I actually found these kind of erratic.
Published 7 months ago by PrimeTime
2.0 out of 5 stars Easily Alan Moore's worst work.
In order to understand why I don't like Century 1969, I have to introduce you to the major side character in the novel, who, due to fear of a lawsuit over copyright infringement,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by James B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a Graphic Novel.
Its exactly what I wanted . The story rocks, the art dazzles, and I'm satisfied. I have no more words.
Published 14 months ago by Marc C. Arthur
3.0 out of 5 stars Same ole' league
It's OK, but the story is slow and the action is little. However, I suggest reading it because it sets up the plot line for the 2009 book.
Published 16 months ago by Luke 454
5.0 out of 5 stars Far out man!
Reading Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 1969 prepare yourself for a reading experience that will challenge, entertain, and educate you in ways you never imagined... Read more
Published 18 months ago by R.Cruz
1.0 out of 5 stars Not that hot
Not a very god LXG issue. More of an introduction to another storyline. Not sure what comes next but I know I won't be in a rush to get it.
Published 19 months ago by Alfred Barrios
4.0 out of 5 stars The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, vol III: Century # 2 1969
An interesting overlay of modern concepts on old storylines and characters. I enjoyed trying to indentify the inserts, reminded me a little of Terry Pratchett and his cross... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Terry Gallagher
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
LOEG has never been Alan Moore's best work, in my opinion, but it's usually quite entertaining.

"1969" however is quite bad. Read more
Published 24 months ago by MythMaker
1.0 out of 5 stars This was Just Awful
I think maybe what happened was that Moore broke one story line into 6 or maybe 7 pieces and these are just the filler parts being sold as whole pieces. Read more
Published on May 17, 2012 by Wade A. Alderson
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