Monday, August 9, 2010

Review of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2 by Alan Moore

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2When alien invaders from Mars mercilessly attack London, the British throne quickly calls upon the League to protect the empire. When one of the members dies a horrific death, the members must call upon Dr. Moreau as their last desperate hope.

I enjoyed this book a good deal, but I think enjoyed the first a bit more, although for different reasons. What I really liked about this book was the development of the characters and their relationships. The reader definitely gained a lot more insight as to what they really thought of each other. However, I have to say that I thought the story was not the most well constructed.

The story seemed to end very suddenly and I wish it had been a bit more developed.

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS***
It was never really explained what the creatures invading London were, and I would have liked a bit more explanation on that. It seemed to me that it was, "Yeah, they're all going to get the common cold and die" and it ended. That's it???
***END POSSIBLE SPOILERS***

The illustrations in this story are still enjoyable to look at and analyze. Yet because this novel focuses on developing characters and their relationships, some could make certain readers uncomfortable. This book is definitely targeted at a more mature audience than its predecessor.

I'm really glad I read these books. I've always wanted to read a graphic novel, so I finally have. Watchmen and V for Vendetta, also by Alan Moore, have also been highly recommended to me, so I will have to check those out as well.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.

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