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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier Paperback – November 4, 2008
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Starred Review. After several delays, the latest installment of Moore's pastiche of public domain literary figures is finally here and it's worth the wait. In 1958, two mysterious figures steal the Black Dossier, a compendium of information and articles relating to the league's most renowned incarnation, the group headed by the intrepid Mina Murray. The theft launches a tense chase as the thieves fight to stay one step ahead of thuggish government agents while reading the contents of the dossier, pieces that shed light on centuries-worth of secret and bizarre intrigues. Moore and O'Neill are in top form, crafting a virtually flawless fusion of prose and visuals that's an overwhelmingly dense and exhaustive nod to pre-existing works in media ranging from literature, legends, television and film, teasing the reader in the know with appearances by Orwellian totalitarianism, Lovecraftian abominations, Jeeves and Wooster, Bulldog Drummond, Ian Fleming's famed double-o operative, lusty Fanny Hill and a host of others, capped with a section requiring 3-D glasses (included). Too loaded with content to be fully absorbed in one reading, this is a challenging, adult volume that's a delight for fans of pop culture and lovers of heroic adventure. (Nov.)
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Before it was a dismal Sean Connery movie, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a celebrated comic book bringing together characters from disparate literary works to protect an alternate nineteenth-century Britain. The latest collection—the last with DC—centers on the mysterious Black Dossier, stolen by H. Rider Haggard’s series hero Allan Quatermain and the forever youthful Mina Murray of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. As these two read the dossier while pursued by government agents, the secrets and history of the League over the years unfold, and various “documents” interrupt the story line, including a pornographic “Tijuana bible” aimed at Orwell’s 1984, a 25-page biography of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, and an early League-days section featuring Shakespeare’s Prospero. The file proper includes a segment written in Beat style by Sal Paradise of On the Road and a 3-D finale (glasses come with each copy). Exhausted casual readers may think this is all too clever for its own good, but League-oholics will love undergoing multiple readings and poring over every packed panel and reference to adventure, travel, and speculative fiction classics. --Carlos Orellana --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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First, the story's strengths: the art work (and variety of it) is fantastic - the detail is simply sublime. The literary references are almost too abundant, even stretching beyond period pieces (The Phantom of the Opera, for example) into film ("Adnoid Hyster" from Chaplin's _The Dictator_ immeadiately comes to mind, although I got a laugh at the reference to _Metropolis_, a 1930's dystopian film similar in feel to _1984_ which is also heavily referenced here and _The Thin Man_, given the "noir" mood of the plot.) I also liked the variety of story materials that are a part of the "Dossier": a play written in Shakespearean style, dystopian comics, political humor from the Georgian era, a parody of _Gulliver's Travels_. The humor and stylistic imitation were very well done, in my opinion. As an aside, look for Marry Poppins ... a wonderful and surprising allusion.
However - and this is why I gave it three stars (and struggled with the book as a whole) - I wish Moore did more "showing" and less "telling." Much of the _Dossier_ is what the Black Dossier contained: files and letters and narratives rather than a graphic showing of the action. I didn't mind the writing so much as I minded the fact that I had expected - even hoped for - a graphic novel. Similarly, I though much of the information presented in the Dossier would have been marvelous material for Moore to show his stuff. I felt it was a bit of a letdown.
Of the three LoEG novels, this is my least favorite for the reasons cited above. Nonetheless, there is much that the latest installment has going for it, which is sure to please fans of Moore's work. With reservations I recommend it.
While adventurous and sometimes great, the story here is less epic in nature, and it takes 2 of the more human characters of the league and takes them on a little adventure. If you're a capes comic reader you should probably steer away from this, also if you're expecting invisible man and Mr. Hyde you won't get that.
Instead this work reads like a good detective novel, with the heroes escaping with the dossier and are on the run from authorities who want it back. In between their exploits the heroes read some of the dossier, and you're privileged to their pages as well. While very dense and sometimes long, these sections breath life into the book and make it more epic in nature.
But you won't be seeing any grand vistas of beauty in the art, no giant aliens like in the second trade paperback or as adventurous as the first. Instead you'll get 3d glasses, some rockets flying by, an an interesting look at a character who lives forever and changes their sex every 100 years or so.
Get this only if you're a big fan of the league or alan moore, but if you're a casual reader i'd pick up something a little less novel-esque.