I’ve read a lot of negative comments about League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume III. I think Alan Moore has got to the stage where some people respect him, others think he’s just a grumpy old man. To be honest, that’s pretty irrelevant and shouldn’t colour your judgement of LoEG.
So, it has taken some time (around two and a half years since 1910), but League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 2009 has finally been published, completing the 216 page Century trilogy of 1910, 1969 and 2009.
I don’t have the ability to review this as there is simply too much in there for me to accurately articulate, but don’t listen to anyone who says it’s crap. Sure, there are loads of references to literature, Dr Who and Harry Potter, but that’s the way League has always been. People comment that he’s just using other people’s characters instead of inventing his own, but that’s been the entire point right from the start. It’s not who they are, as much as what they do.
How can Alan Moore complain about Before Watchmen, when the characters are just re-purposed Charlton heroes; he can because it was his story and they are Watchmen characters far more than anything else. Sure, he drew some inspiration from Charlton, but that really isn’t plagiarism. It’s the same for LoEG. And O’Neill’s artwork is splendid.