The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier Paperback – November 4, 2008
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About the Author
Kevin O'Neill is a popular British comics illustrator best known as the co-creator of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen with Alan Moore. His other credits include Nemesis the Warlock and Marshal Law.
- Publisher : WildStorm (November 4, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401203078
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401203078
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,510,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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The driving concept is that a rejuvenated Alan Quartermain, and the ageless Nina Harper are the last of this generation’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The key expression is the term “This Generation’s”. The book opens with the two outcasts, on the run from their former employer The British Secret Service and seeking full information on the history of League’s role as secret enforcers between the Fay (magic world) and the not magical. Of course, the two succeed in retrieving the” Black Dossier” which reveals the full record of how and why the various teams were created and operated.
Upon this structure a patient reader is presented with what can be an aggravating admixture of script, fine print text, post card, period advertisements and pages long stories. The complied dossier range from: a Shakespearean satire to a seemingly endless retelling of Virginia Woolf’s Orland and including a fairly clever take on a Jeeves and Wooster, Wodehouse story. Credit to the Moore team for going big, but ultimately, they go on too long.
Highly recommended to Alan Moore fans. Of interest to those seeking the “full story” of the LOEG. Possibly of interest to the fan of the graphic novel, interested in a copy that mixes the media is some dazzling ways. I will not be keeping my copy.
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.
Top reviews from other countries
The book is about half the size of the previous collection, with the story broken up between traditional artwork and prose sections masquerading as documents on The League themselves - these documents comprise the titular Black Dossier which our heroes have been sent to find. As they peruse its content, so does the reader.
The mix of narrative styles (Boy's Own adventure, Shakespearean text, bawdy romp, autobiography and more) may prove a little jarring but definitely show Alan Moore's versatility, mimicking each style perfectly. The remainder is more of Kevin O'Neill's gorgeous artwork, which never fails to delight, and the whole is so full of pop culture references (James Bond one of the more obvious, Coronation Street less so) that you NEED to find out everything; try this site -
The final section is presented in a printed 3D format. Glasses are provided in the book however they're not great and that forced me to buy better ones just so I could read it comfortably.
An entertaining bridge between books Two and Three.
The biggest let down with each of these books for me is the presentation and the quality of the paper used. Sometimes a book needs to be a bit more than just any paper in a card cover. So there's no attraction to hang on to them.
Not perfect, but still five stars from me and worth the investment in the more challenging sections.