Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Review of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 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 Quartermain, 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. Presented in this trade paperback is the League's first adventure together, from their initial recruitment to their heroic victory. Also included in this volume is the illustrator's masterful sketchbook, which gives unique behind-the-scenes insight to the artistic process.

This is actually my first graphic novel and my first Alan Moore, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I wasn't sure that it would be my thing, but I thought it was really interesting.

When I picked this book up, I was expecting something that was all action, but I definitely felt like there was a good plotline as well. Moore is an excellent storyteller, and I was impressed by how nicely tied together everything was. I also enjoyed the incorporation a couple of different literary characters in the story and the illustrations were amazing.

This is a review where it's really hard to discuss writing, because there isn't tons of it. I was recently talking to a friend about graphic novels, and we both agreed that they're a challenging medium because it's hard to decided how long to linger on one page. I really enjoyed looking at the pictures as I read, but it was especially enjoyable to go back after I finished the story and analyzed it, because then I could look at how intricate details created foreshadowing or helped set the tone of the novel.

Graphic novels are not my area of expertise, but The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has made me want to further explore them. I was left satisfied by this story, and mystified by how much it made me think. I can't wait to delve further into the graphic novel genre!

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.

1 comment:

  1. I would like to read this as I have enjoyed two others by Alan Moore - V for Vendetta which I thought was great and From Hell which is terrifying! I really didn't think that a graphic novel could really inspire fear in me but it did. More then a novel.

    Oh - you really must read Maus by Art Spiegelman too. That was my first foray into graphic novels although i didn't feel like I'd really read one until V, as Maus is biographical.



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