The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969

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  1. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    Oof, where to start with this mess Years ago when the League series began, I enjoyed the fact that Moore had used his vast literary knowledge to craft an adventure story within a kind of alternate Victorian world filled with magic and mystery, incorporating the best of Victorian lit into the books But things got weirder Things tend to get weirder when Alan Moore is involved but he didn t seem to have disappeared up his own self as he has done on past occasions Black Dossier was really st Oof, where to start with this mess Years ago when the League series began, I enjoyed the fact that Moore had used his vast literary knowledge to craft an adventure story within a kind of alternate Victorian world filled with magic and mystery, incorporating the best of Victorian lit into the books But things got weirder Things tend to get weirder when Alan Moore is involved but he didn t seem to have disappeared up his own self as he has done on past occasions Black Dossier was really strange, Moore thinking his over written and, frankly, pretentious prose being worth its own sections, unconstrained by panels Unfortunately the panels forced Moore to be creative and self edit his scripts to fit onto the page Without this constraint he s free to wander around and around in circles, boring the reader to death Then Century began and the series was catapulted into the 20th century 1910 was a very weak effort with very little going on and what actually happened could have been summarised in a page if the writer actually got right down to it Honestly, with the disappointment of Black Dossier and 1910 I wasn t expecting 1969 to be an improvement and I was right Moore romanticises the 60s with all the clich s every other writer exploring the era has done Hippies, groovy London, the emergence of sex, drugs and rock n roll fills each page in lieu of any semblance of plot I have no idea what the point of this series is now something about Oliver Haddo, the protagonist of Somerset Maugham s novel The Magician a fictional take on Aleister Crowley, trying to bring about the end of the world Haddo can t be killed which makes for a tedious exercise in trying to kill him and they don t Yaaaaaawn The scenes in the book are laughable at best The excess depiction of sex and drugs are totally unnecessary and the endless writing down of music lyrics fails to bring to the reader the euphoria of real music comics do not communicate music well, at all The lyrics though are abominable Moore in his spare time fancies himself a singer songwriter despite being unable to sing or play any instruments The lyrics in this book shows how inept he is at this creative form And the psychic battle at the end Just pathetic But by the end I didn t care The story is a mess, the charms of the League were totally missing, this might as well have been a completely other series Allan Quatermain is and remains a dull character Mina has no powers or any personality and is completely at odds with the Mina of previous volumes And Lando Just annoying, like Jar Jar Binks If you think Carry On type innuendo is both amusing and funny then you ll probably think Lando is an irascible charming scallywag anyone else will just find him annoying While I used to like the LXG, I don t any Century is a total misstep for this series and Moore has handled it poorly, completely losing sight of what made the series interesting in the first place 1969 features a cast of characters you just want to punch in the face for being so bloody annoying, stupid and pretentious woo, I do magic Black magic Wooo and marks the end of my interest in this series and I won t pick up the next volume If you re new to Moore and wondering why he s so highly thought of, I recommend the excellent Saga of the Swamp Thing , for brilliant storytelling and writing


  2. Sud666 Sud666 says:

    I rather like the League and Alan Moore So it was with disappointment I read this 1969 set story For one thing I despise the 60s The clothes, the people, the hippies, the style, etc I find it as appelaing as stepping in semi soft dog feces So this kitchy version of the League did nothing for me Some people are killing actors for some cult The League is called in..and then they proceed to bore the piss out of me with their dumbass adventures..I really could have cared less I half expecte I rather like the League and Alan Moore So it was with disappointment I read this 1969 set story For one thing I despise the 60s The clothes, the people, the hippies, the style, etc I find it as appelaing as stepping in semi soft dog feces So this kitchy version of the League did nothing for me Some people are killing actors for some cult The League is called in..and then they proceed to bore the piss out of me with their dumbass adventures..I really could have cared less I half expected Scooby Doo to jump out on one of the panels This was almost a DNF, but I leafed through the book so I know the ending I ll pass on this garbage and find some of the better League books and there are PLENTY But hey if you re still stuck in the summer of love..or feel that hippies have something to say about the world and if you believe that, then you likely belive that the religious have something to say as well well bully for you then you ll not understand my disdain for this time period Why you might even like this crap


  3. Arthur Graham Arthur Graham says:

    Back in the summer of SIX TY NINE Seriously though Dracula s ex girlfriend tripping balls at Jekyll and Hyde Park While the astral form of some Crowley esque magician attempts to possess her body, and that of the Jagger esque fool on stage Whatdo you people WANT I, too, enjoyed the Victorian setting of the original series, but it had to go somewhere Moore could ve done a lot worse


  4. Antonomasia Antonomasia says:

    The Century volume I d been keenest to read I actually bought it 3 years ago but had to return it as it was unsuitable for an e ink Kindle or the then current desktop incarnation Still pushed a lot of the right buttons for me, but not quite as much fun good as the 1910 instalment Biggest disappointment was that some of the fashions weren t quite right The men s clothes were mostly spot on for what you d see in the background in 60s films, but most of the women s were 4 years out of date m The Century volume I d been keenest to read I actually bought it 3 years ago but had to return it as it was unsuitable for an e ink Kindle or the then current desktop incarnation Still pushed a lot of the right buttons for me, but not quite as much fun good as the 1910 instalment Biggest disappointment was that some of the fashions weren t quite right The men s clothes were mostly spot on for what you d see in the background in 60s films, but most of the women s were 4 years out of date mod hippy is a massive style change in a short time, but a very significant one Orlando and Quatermain looked fashionable, and pretty hot to the extent that comics people can, but poor Mina usually resembled an air hostess Never gets to wear the military dress jacket from the cover And she was trying to be fashionable with slang as well the costume was all out of kilter I d really been looking forward to the cultural references, but they were too undisguised for it to be fun spotting most of them, most bleedingly obvious of all a character who was transparently Mick Jagger Turner in Performance Though would the Harry Potter one have been quite so transparent if I hadn t accidentally just looked at a friend s review of the 2009 instalment The dreamlike feeling of the 1910 episode didn t quite gel this time, despite, or maybe because of, characters being on psychedelics whose experiences are inevitably weirder than the surreality from mere tiredness.Art still fun though sadly not quite as sharp as in part 1, sometimes due to guest artists and O Neill had changed his style slightly, perhaps to match the era in some way, slightly messier His was still recognisable due to the profusion of nipples too much of a cultural norm to describe as a fetish, probably, but it s like watching a Tarantino film and noticing all the feet Some wonderful colourful psychedelic ish panels at least But their styling could have been60s oftenlike messy adult versions of 80s cartoons, all those rainbows A very nice touch, though, to have several panels set in the 40s in an alternative, slightly sepia, colour palette, and style sharper Did feel like the difference between them as between watching films from a couple of decades apart And great that Iain Sinclair was travelling in time through books now War of the Worlds, 1984This sounds like less than a 4 star review, but I like the characters and their struggles with trying to maintain a triad and come to terms with being immortal and do their cartoon hero stuff.The stories at the end didn t really grab me this time with Also a bit forced to re use the golliwog theme and politicise it, when in the previous volume it read as if written with genuine innocence as a surreal story about old toys


  5. Shawn Shawn says:

    Well, that was worth waiting for Honestly, it s bit of a bummer man in fact, a bit is underselling it the sense of defeat and despair is palpable by the end But then, this is a three parter and if the long wait may make each chapter feel like a standalone, one shouldn t walk away from this feeling utterly despondent But, still a stone cold bummer.I imagine those who hate the 60s in a reactionary way would hate this And those who blindly love the 60s would hate this Which means Well, that was worth waiting for Honestly, it s bit of a bummer man in fact, a bit is underselling it the sense of defeat and despair is palpable by the end But then, this is a three parter and if the long wait may make each chapter feel like a standalone, one shouldn t walk away from this feeling utterly despondent But, still a stone cold bummer.I imagine those who hate the 60s in a reactionary way would hate this And those who blindly love the 60s would hate this Which means it s doing something right Those who stupidly celebrate the commodified Turn it up, it s Freedom Rock ACROSS THE UNIVERSE version of the 1960s are idiots Those who stupidly believe the neo conservative, Fox Exxon news version of 1960 s history Hippie Fascists, Feminazis, drug addicts and lazy commies are idiots as well All time periods are complicated and become even less easy to understand for those who come after, despite primary texts provided by those living at the time It s just human nature to want to telescope and dumb down, the better to both feel original in one s own time and be lazy about one s own responsibility for interacting with history while avoiding the crushing feeling of endless circularity of it all I hear the next big thing is the Singularity That s the way we re going to solve all the world s problems while not having to actually do any heavy lifting, commit to any discipline, or face our own awfulness bunch of rubes CENTURY 1969 does a nice job of capturing both the breathless rush of possibility of those heady days, and the darker undercurrents as old power systems reared their heads and took advantage of those naive enough to believe that identifying problems meant you had solved them, that hedonism was an end in itself, and that all you actually needed was love, despite all evidence to the contrary As usual, it s choc a bloc with references And as usual, some mostly younger readers complain about that and say it makes the whole thing an exercise in trainspotting But honestly, that s just a dodge to cover up the feeling of insecurity and inferiority caused by being overwhelmed with so much pop culture history that can t easily be soaked up on Wikipedia and spat back smugly and knowingly in a mash up Sorry, youngsters, got to do your work now buckle down and get reading about your own genre s history instead of being dismissive of old stuff.Well, no actually, you don t have to do anything to put paid to the pop cult reference trainspotting dodge, here s the story in a nutshell intrepid heroes attempt to stop evil magician whose machinations involve possessing the body of the charismatic lead singer in a rock and roll band Complications ensue.You don t need to have seen GET CARTER the original, please or PERFORMANCE, nor have ever heard The Rolling Stones or The Beatles, or know anything about the Kray Brothers, Crowley or LSD, to understand this story at all but for God s sake, why would you deny yourself the experience, wisdom, fun and all around horizon expanding joy to be gained by looking into these topics Why Is the past that scary Are you so super smart Next complaint yeah, okay, but it s an easy story without much depth Really I found Mina s inability to deal with immortality, eternally chasing the youth zeitgeist, while eternally worrying about being old , to be a perfect summing up of the 60 s as mirrored through her character evenso, a poignantlyso , by the understanding that her previous brush with an offer of immortality was horrific and left her scarred physically, to be sure, but as the bad trip she suffers in this book shows, mentally as well Ditto Orlando, who finally becomes interesting here when we realize hir s not really a hero or heroine so much as a bored jade, tired of his immortal life and ping ponging gender And, again, the queerness and gender bending of the 60 s is wonderfully mirrored through Lando s character And then there s stolid, resolute Allan Quartermain, bemused but, sadly, blindsided by old habits that, as we all know, were hard to escape in this time of rampant narcotics abuse.Someone in another Goodreads review made some crack about the League not being very effective heroes Really Moriarty and Fu Manchu s plan scuttled, successful repulsion of Martian invasion on completion of secret mission, the uncovering of a heinous crime by a corrupt political leader, and now, at great personal sacrifice, view spoiler the foiling of a black magician s long term plans hide spoiler Not effective enough There s always monthly superhero comics, manBut yeah, the end is dark and sad and makes one wonder if Haddo was telling the truth when he said he d cursed the group But then, the latter half of last century was pretty dark and sad as well Still, up from the ashes..Details I savored The Rutles The Saint and Mr Bond in a car smash up Adam Adamant gets cockblocked by even older, daring do heroes and all their bragging is the truth The switcheroo scene with Haddo on his deathbed Jerry Cornelius in negative space The final curse of Dracula Mick Jagger bums the crowd Good stuff, all Sorry there were no GOODIES yeah, I know, they were 70 s but still, I hoped for a glimpse of the 3 person bike , or Mr Apollo and sorry for Mina, and Lando, and Allan Let s hope 2009 makes things better in some wayAnd I hear that s a HARRY POTTER character making a conspicuous, groping cretin of himself, taking advantage of a freaked out Mina Nice that he got a bit of a comeuppance Maybe it will get some young readers to check this out, and maybe even a small percentage of them will be intrigued enough by their own pop culture history to look as Ken Kesey would have it Further


  6. Peter Peter says:

    Every book in this series as been interesting,There is nothing redeeming or good about it.Here is a recipie.SURVIVING 1969For this we need minor ingredients for happiness.2 House brickspreperation unzip trousers and release Mr Peepee and the happysacks.place a brick in the left and repeat for right hand.please place contents released from pants between bricks and..WHAM, WHAM, WHAM, feels good yes Reppeat until contented and then burn said book BETTER


  7. Benjamin Thomas Benjamin Thomas says:

    What a mess This series deteriorates with each volume and the second half of this one was just one long, boring drugged out psychedelic trip It s so sad that the concept of LXG has been so mishandled.


  8. Willow Redd Willow Redd says:

    I did wonder how Century would play for Moore since the characters he references would still be protected under copyright Of course, after the magnificent way he handled Black Dossier, often using Kevin O Neill s art to say volumes as to who the characters are, never mentioning them by full name or changing the spelling of the name such as Terner I loved the parallel story involving Jack Carter, one of my favorite Caine characters, especially since this tale takes place just before the event I did wonder how Century would play for Moore since the characters he references would still be protected under copyright Of course, after the magnificent way he handled Black Dossier, often using Kevin O Neill s art to say volumes as to who the characters are, never mentioning them by full name or changing the spelling of the name such as Terner I loved the parallel story involving Jack Carter, one of my favorite Caine characters, especially since this tale takes place just before the events in Get Carter.One thing about Moore s work with all the League stories is how much he completely delves into the world he builds around the characters There are so many references it s enough to drive anyone mad hunting them all down I wonder if Nevins is tired yet We have three immortals, one over 3000 while the other two approach their first century, and Mina is completely tired of it She s been trying to adjust as the times change around her, trying to stay as young as she appears, and it s obviously wearing on her Having to track down Haddo during all this insanity doesn t help.Immersed in the drug fused free love of the late sixties, we get little references to Rosemary s Baby tied to Haddo, along with a reference to either the Omen or Good Omens, either of which is great , Doctor Who Mina sees a Dalek amongst multiple other things during a drug trip , even Harry Potter that one nearly sent me out of my chair, especially what becomes of Mina s new friend Tom, who s middle name is a MARVEL and who s last name is a CONUNDRUM.This, for me, was a step up from 1910 Can t wait to see how things are resolved in 2009 even though a friend has already told me a little about it


  9. Rick Rick says:

    The new 96 page chapter of Moore and O Neill s acclaimed series finds the immortal trio of Mina Murray, Allan Quatermain, and Orlando far from the Victorian roots of their previous adventures Set in London near the end of the mod sixties, the group continue their century long war with Alastair Crowley, begun inThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century 1910New allies for the League include Jerry Cornelius and Jack Carter from the novelJack s Return Home , popularized as the Mich The new 96 page chapter of Moore and O Neill s acclaimed series finds the immortal trio of Mina Murray, Allan Quatermain, and Orlando far from the Victorian roots of their previous adventures Set in London near the end of the mod sixties, the group continue their century long war with Alastair Crowley, begun inThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century 1910New allies for the League include Jerry Cornelius and Jack Carter from the novelJack s Return Home , popularized as the Michael Caine film Get Carter Moore does an exquisite job of incorporating the League within the chaotic world of 1969 Perhaps the finest installment since the first series, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century 1969 concludes with a shocking turn of events, leaving the reader eager for the concluding book


  10. Tobey Tobey says:

    Is it just me or is the League just not as much fun any Moore celebrates the liberty he has out from under the thumb of a mainstream publisher, but I would argue that his best work was done when he was operating within the confines of the system he complains so much about.Starting with Black Dossier which had many moments of brilliance, don t get me wrong , Moore has been embracing this Pornography as Art idea That s the mad wizard of England s deal, and as long as he is at peace with t Is it just me or is the League just not as much fun any Moore celebrates the liberty he has out from under the thumb of a mainstream publisher, but I would argue that his best work was done when he was operating within the confines of the system he complains so much about.Starting with Black Dossier which had many moments of brilliance, don t get me wrong , Moore has been embracing this Pornography as Art idea That s the mad wizard of England s deal, and as long as he is at peace with the serpent god that he worships I m not one to judge There is an audience for Lost Girls but it ain t me I love the League for the interactions between literary and filmic creations, and it is a bit hard to pay attention with graphic scenes on essentially every page Century 1969 picks up with the occultist s plot from Century 1910, but oddly gives no indication of how the issue of Captain Nemo s vengeful daughter who burned through the waterfront so spectacularly in the first volume was resolved The League has been whittled down to three immortals Alan, Mina, and Orlando I miss the adventures of a big crew, but this does allow Moore to focus on the complex relationships of these characters who have spent the better part of a century together It being the sixties, the emphasis is most decidedly on sex, drugs, rock and roll, andsex and drugs Moore has always had an ear for dialog, and it is pretty cool to see Michael Caine s cockney Jack Carter walking and talking through the swinging streets of London.I m up for the next book, Century 2009 simply because of the promise of seeing how Moore handles none other than TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE as a villain After that, maybe Moore will put the League to rest and explore his pursuits in other writing


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10 thoughts on “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969

  1. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    Oof, where to start with this mess Years ago when the League series began, I enjoyed the fact that Moore had used his vast literary knowledge to craft an adventure story within a kind of alternate Victorian world filled with magic and mystery, incorporating the best of Victorian lit into the books But things got weirder Things tend to get weirder when Alan Moore is involved but he didn t seem to have disappeared up his own self as he has done on past occasions Black Dossier was really st Oof, where to start with this mess Years ago when the League series began, I enjoyed the fact that Moore had used his vast literary knowledge to craft an adventure story within a kind of alternate Victorian world filled with magic and mystery, incorporating the best of Victorian lit into the books But things got weirder Things tend to get weirder when Alan Moore is involved but he didn t seem to have disappeared up his own self as he has done on past occasions Black Dossier was really strange, Moore thinking his over written and, frankly, pretentious prose being worth its own sections, unconstrained by panels Unfortunately the panels forced Moore to be creative and self edit his scripts to fit onto the page Without this constraint he s free to wander around and around in circles, boring the reader to death Then Century began and the series was catapulted into the 20th century 1910 was a very weak effort with very little going on and what actually happened could have been summarised in a page if the writer actually got right down to it Honestly, with the disappointment of Black Dossier and 1910 I wasn t expecting 1969 to be an improvement and I was right Moore romanticises the 60s with all the clich s every other writer exploring the era has done Hippies, groovy London, the emergence of sex, drugs and rock n roll fills each page in lieu of any semblance of plot I have no idea what the point of this series is now something about Oliver Haddo, the protagonist of Somerset Maugham s novel The Magician a fictional take on Aleister Crowley, trying to bring about the end of the world Haddo can t be killed which makes for a tedious exercise in trying to kill him and they don t Yaaaaaawn The scenes in the book are laughable at best The excess depiction of sex and drugs are totally unnecessary and the endless writing down of music lyrics fails to bring to the reader the euphoria of real music comics do not communicate music well, at all The lyrics though are abominable Moore in his spare time fancies himself a singer songwriter despite being unable to sing or play any instruments The lyrics in this book shows how inept he is at this creative form And the psychic battle at the end Just pathetic But by the end I didn t care The story is a mess, the charms of the League were totally missing, this might as well have been a completely other series Allan Quatermain is and remains a dull character Mina has no powers or any personality and is completely at odds with the Mina of previous volumes And Lando Just annoying, like Jar Jar Binks If you think Carry On type innuendo is both amusing and funny then you ll probably think Lando is an irascible charming scallywag anyone else will just find him annoying While I used to like the LXG, I don t any Century is a total misstep for this series and Moore has handled it poorly, completely losing sight of what made the series interesting in the first place 1969 features a cast of characters you just want to punch in the face for being so bloody annoying, stupid and pretentious woo, I do magic Black magic Wooo and marks the end of my interest in this series and I won t pick up the next volume If you re new to Moore and wondering why he s so highly thought of, I recommend the excellent Saga of the Swamp Thing , for brilliant storytelling and writing


  2. Sud666 Sud666 says:

    I rather like the League and Alan Moore So it was with disappointment I read this 1969 set story For one thing I despise the 60s The clothes, the people, the hippies, the style, etc I find it as appelaing as stepping in semi soft dog feces So this kitchy version of the League did nothing for me Some people are killing actors for some cult The League is called in..and then they proceed to bore the piss out of me with their dumbass adventures..I really could have cared less I half expecte I rather like the League and Alan Moore So it was with disappointment I read this 1969 set story For one thing I despise the 60s The clothes, the people, the hippies, the style, etc I find it as appelaing as stepping in semi soft dog feces So this kitchy version of the League did nothing for me Some people are killing actors for some cult The League is called in..and then they proceed to bore the piss out of me with their dumbass adventures..I really could have cared less I half expected Scooby Doo to jump out on one of the panels This was almost a DNF, but I leafed through the book so I know the ending I ll pass on this garbage and find some of the better League books and there are PLENTY But hey if you re still stuck in the summer of love..or feel that hippies have something to say about the world and if you believe that, then you likely belive that the religious have something to say as well well bully for you then you ll not understand my disdain for this time period Why you might even like this crap


  3. Arthur Graham Arthur Graham says:

    Back in the summer of SIX TY NINE Seriously though Dracula s ex girlfriend tripping balls at Jekyll and Hyde Park While the astral form of some Crowley esque magician attempts to possess her body, and that of the Jagger esque fool on stage Whatdo you people WANT I, too, enjoyed the Victorian setting of the original series, but it had to go somewhere Moore could ve done a lot worse


  4. Antonomasia Antonomasia says:

    The Century volume I d been keenest to read I actually bought it 3 years ago but had to return it as it was unsuitable for an e ink Kindle or the then current desktop incarnation Still pushed a lot of the right buttons for me, but not quite as much fun good as the 1910 instalment Biggest disappointment was that some of the fashions weren t quite right The men s clothes were mostly spot on for what you d see in the background in 60s films, but most of the women s were 4 years out of date m The Century volume I d been keenest to read I actually bought it 3 years ago but had to return it as it was unsuitable for an e ink Kindle or the then current desktop incarnation Still pushed a lot of the right buttons for me, but not quite as much fun good as the 1910 instalment Biggest disappointment was that some of the fashions weren t quite right The men s clothes were mostly spot on for what you d see in the background in 60s films, but most of the women s were 4 years out of date mod hippy is a massive style change in a short time, but a very significant one Orlando and Quatermain looked fashionable, and pretty hot to the extent that comics people can, but poor Mina usually resembled an air hostess Never gets to wear the military dress jacket from the cover And she was trying to be fashionable with slang as well the costume was all out of kilter I d really been looking forward to the cultural references, but they were too undisguised for it to be fun spotting most of them, most bleedingly obvious of all a character who was transparently Mick Jagger Turner in Performance Though would the Harry Potter one have been quite so transparent if I hadn t accidentally just looked at a friend s review of the 2009 instalment The dreamlike feeling of the 1910 episode didn t quite gel this time, despite, or maybe because of, characters being on psychedelics whose experiences are inevitably weirder than the surreality from mere tiredness.Art still fun though sadly not quite as sharp as in part 1, sometimes due to guest artists and O Neill had changed his style slightly, perhaps to match the era in some way, slightly messier His was still recognisable due to the profusion of nipples too much of a cultural norm to describe as a fetish, probably, but it s like watching a Tarantino film and noticing all the feet Some wonderful colourful psychedelic ish panels at least But their styling could have been60s oftenlike messy adult versions of 80s cartoons, all those rainbows A very nice touch, though, to have several panels set in the 40s in an alternative, slightly sepia, colour palette, and style sharper Did feel like the difference between them as between watching films from a couple of decades apart And great that Iain Sinclair was travelling in time through books now War of the Worlds, 1984This sounds like less than a 4 star review, but I like the characters and their struggles with trying to maintain a triad and come to terms with being immortal and do their cartoon hero stuff.The stories at the end didn t really grab me this time with Also a bit forced to re use the golliwog theme and politicise it, when in the previous volume it read as if written with genuine innocence as a surreal story about old toys


  5. Shawn Shawn says:

    Well, that was worth waiting for Honestly, it s bit of a bummer man in fact, a bit is underselling it the sense of defeat and despair is palpable by the end But then, this is a three parter and if the long wait may make each chapter feel like a standalone, one shouldn t walk away from this feeling utterly despondent But, still a stone cold bummer.I imagine those who hate the 60s in a reactionary way would hate this And those who blindly love the 60s would hate this Which means Well, that was worth waiting for Honestly, it s bit of a bummer man in fact, a bit is underselling it the sense of defeat and despair is palpable by the end But then, this is a three parter and if the long wait may make each chapter feel like a standalone, one shouldn t walk away from this feeling utterly despondent But, still a stone cold bummer.I imagine those who hate the 60s in a reactionary way would hate this And those who blindly love the 60s would hate this Which means it s doing something right Those who stupidly celebrate the commodified Turn it up, it s Freedom Rock ACROSS THE UNIVERSE version of the 1960s are idiots Those who stupidly believe the neo conservative, Fox Exxon news version of 1960 s history Hippie Fascists, Feminazis, drug addicts and lazy commies are idiots as well All time periods are complicated and become even less easy to understand for those who come after, despite primary texts provided by those living at the time It s just human nature to want to telescope and dumb down, the better to both feel original in one s own time and be lazy about one s own responsibility for interacting with history while avoiding the crushing feeling of endless circularity of it all I hear the next big thing is the Singularity That s the way we re going to solve all the world s problems while not having to actually do any heavy lifting, commit to any discipline, or face our own awfulness bunch of rubes CENTURY 1969 does a nice job of capturing both the breathless rush of possibility of those heady days, and the darker undercurrents as old power systems reared their heads and took advantage of those naive enough to believe that identifying problems meant you had solved them, that hedonism was an end in itself, and that all you actually needed was love, despite all evidence to the contrary As usual, it s choc a bloc with references And as usual, some mostly younger readers complain about that and say it makes the whole thing an exercise in trainspotting But honestly, that s just a dodge to cover up the feeling of insecurity and inferiority caused by being overwhelmed with so much pop culture history that can t easily be soaked up on Wikipedia and spat back smugly and knowingly in a mash up Sorry, youngsters, got to do your work now buckle down and get reading about your own genre s history instead of being dismissive of old stuff.Well, no actually, you don t have to do anything to put paid to the pop cult reference trainspotting dodge, here s the story in a nutshell intrepid heroes attempt to stop evil magician whose machinations involve possessing the body of the charismatic lead singer in a rock and roll band Complications ensue.You don t need to have seen GET CARTER the original, please or PERFORMANCE, nor have ever heard The Rolling Stones or The Beatles, or know anything about the Kray Brothers, Crowley or LSD, to understand this story at all but for God s sake, why would you deny yourself the experience, wisdom, fun and all around horizon expanding joy to be gained by looking into these topics Why Is the past that scary Are you so super smart Next complaint yeah, okay, but it s an easy story without much depth Really I found Mina s inability to deal with immortality, eternally chasing the youth zeitgeist, while eternally worrying about being old , to be a perfect summing up of the 60 s as mirrored through her character evenso, a poignantlyso , by the understanding that her previous brush with an offer of immortality was horrific and left her scarred physically, to be sure, but as the bad trip she suffers in this book shows, mentally as well Ditto Orlando, who finally becomes interesting here when we realize hir s not really a hero or heroine so much as a bored jade, tired of his immortal life and ping ponging gender And, again, the queerness and gender bending of the 60 s is wonderfully mirrored through Lando s character And then there s stolid, resolute Allan Quartermain, bemused but, sadly, blindsided by old habits that, as we all know, were hard to escape in this time of rampant narcotics abuse.Someone in another Goodreads review made some crack about the League not being very effective heroes Really Moriarty and Fu Manchu s plan scuttled, successful repulsion of Martian invasion on completion of secret mission, the uncovering of a heinous crime by a corrupt political leader, and now, at great personal sacrifice, view spoiler the foiling of a black magician s long term plans hide spoiler Not effective enough There s always monthly superhero comics, manBut yeah, the end is dark and sad and makes one wonder if Haddo was telling the truth when he said he d cursed the group But then, the latter half of last century was pretty dark and sad as well Still, up from the ashes..Details I savored The Rutles The Saint and Mr Bond in a car smash up Adam Adamant gets cockblocked by even older, daring do heroes and all their bragging is the truth The switcheroo scene with Haddo on his deathbed Jerry Cornelius in negative space The final curse of Dracula Mick Jagger bums the crowd Good stuff, all Sorry there were no GOODIES yeah, I know, they were 70 s but still, I hoped for a glimpse of the 3 person bike , or Mr Apollo and sorry for Mina, and Lando, and Allan Let s hope 2009 makes things better in some wayAnd I hear that s a HARRY POTTER character making a conspicuous, groping cretin of himself, taking advantage of a freaked out Mina Nice that he got a bit of a comeuppance Maybe it will get some young readers to check this out, and maybe even a small percentage of them will be intrigued enough by their own pop culture history to look as Ken Kesey would have it Further


  6. Peter Peter says:

    Every book in this series as been interesting,There is nothing redeeming or good about it.Here is a recipie.SURVIVING 1969For this we need minor ingredients for happiness.2 House brickspreperation unzip trousers and release Mr Peepee and the happysacks.place a brick in the left and repeat for right hand.please place contents released from pants between bricks and..WHAM, WHAM, WHAM, feels good yes Reppeat until contented and then burn said book BETTER


  7. Benjamin Thomas Benjamin Thomas says:

    What a mess This series deteriorates with each volume and the second half of this one was just one long, boring drugged out psychedelic trip It s so sad that the concept of LXG has been so mishandled.


  8. Willow Redd Willow Redd says:

    I did wonder how Century would play for Moore since the characters he references would still be protected under copyright Of course, after the magnificent way he handled Black Dossier, often using Kevin O Neill s art to say volumes as to who the characters are, never mentioning them by full name or changing the spelling of the name such as Terner I loved the parallel story involving Jack Carter, one of my favorite Caine characters, especially since this tale takes place just before the event I did wonder how Century would play for Moore since the characters he references would still be protected under copyright Of course, after the magnificent way he handled Black Dossier, often using Kevin O Neill s art to say volumes as to who the characters are, never mentioning them by full name or changing the spelling of the name such as Terner I loved the parallel story involving Jack Carter, one of my favorite Caine characters, especially since this tale takes place just before the events in Get Carter.One thing about Moore s work with all the League stories is how much he completely delves into the world he builds around the characters There are so many references it s enough to drive anyone mad hunting them all down I wonder if Nevins is tired yet We have three immortals, one over 3000 while the other two approach their first century, and Mina is completely tired of it She s been trying to adjust as the times change around her, trying to stay as young as she appears, and it s obviously wearing on her Having to track down Haddo during all this insanity doesn t help.Immersed in the drug fused free love of the late sixties, we get little references to Rosemary s Baby tied to Haddo, along with a reference to either the Omen or Good Omens, either of which is great , Doctor Who Mina sees a Dalek amongst multiple other things during a drug trip , even Harry Potter that one nearly sent me out of my chair, especially what becomes of Mina s new friend Tom, who s middle name is a MARVEL and who s last name is a CONUNDRUM.This, for me, was a step up from 1910 Can t wait to see how things are resolved in 2009 even though a friend has already told me a little about it


  9. Rick Rick says:

    The new 96 page chapter of Moore and O Neill s acclaimed series finds the immortal trio of Mina Murray, Allan Quatermain, and Orlando far from the Victorian roots of their previous adventures Set in London near the end of the mod sixties, the group continue their century long war with Alastair Crowley, begun inThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century 1910New allies for the League include Jerry Cornelius and Jack Carter from the novelJack s Return Home , popularized as the Mich The new 96 page chapter of Moore and O Neill s acclaimed series finds the immortal trio of Mina Murray, Allan Quatermain, and Orlando far from the Victorian roots of their previous adventures Set in London near the end of the mod sixties, the group continue their century long war with Alastair Crowley, begun inThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century 1910New allies for the League include Jerry Cornelius and Jack Carter from the novelJack s Return Home , popularized as the Michael Caine film Get Carter Moore does an exquisite job of incorporating the League within the chaotic world of 1969 Perhaps the finest installment since the first series, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century 1969 concludes with a shocking turn of events, leaving the reader eager for the concluding book


  10. Tobey Tobey says:

    Is it just me or is the League just not as much fun any Moore celebrates the liberty he has out from under the thumb of a mainstream publisher, but I would argue that his best work was done when he was operating within the confines of the system he complains so much about.Starting with Black Dossier which had many moments of brilliance, don t get me wrong , Moore has been embracing this Pornography as Art idea That s the mad wizard of England s deal, and as long as he is at peace with t Is it just me or is the League just not as much fun any Moore celebrates the liberty he has out from under the thumb of a mainstream publisher, but I would argue that his best work was done when he was operating within the confines of the system he complains so much about.Starting with Black Dossier which had many moments of brilliance, don t get me wrong , Moore has been embracing this Pornography as Art idea That s the mad wizard of England s deal, and as long as he is at peace with the serpent god that he worships I m not one to judge There is an audience for Lost Girls but it ain t me I love the League for the interactions between literary and filmic creations, and it is a bit hard to pay attention with graphic scenes on essentially every page Century 1969 picks up with the occultist s plot from Century 1910, but oddly gives no indication of how the issue of Captain Nemo s vengeful daughter who burned through the waterfront so spectacularly in the first volume was resolved The League has been whittled down to three immortals Alan, Mina, and Orlando I miss the adventures of a big crew, but this does allow Moore to focus on the complex relationships of these characters who have spent the better part of a century together It being the sixties, the emphasis is most decidedly on sex, drugs, rock and roll, andsex and drugs Moore has always had an ear for dialog, and it is pretty cool to see Michael Caine s cockney Jack Carter walking and talking through the swinging streets of London.I m up for the next book, Century 2009 simply because of the promise of seeing how Moore handles none other than TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE as a villain After that, maybe Moore will put the League to rest and explore his pursuits in other writing


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