The League of Extra Ordinary Gentlemen

An extra ordinary book from one of my favorite story tellers of all times, Alan Moore. This book is a trivia treasure house of Victorian Literature.

The first volume of the book is all about how the intrepid collection of characters (Miss Wilhelmina Murray, Griffin, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Alan Quatermain) are propositioned into saving London by another equally amazing cast of characters. The book is full of old school adventurers popping in and out of panels that are designed to amaze and distract.  I tried keeping track of the number of characters featured but this list might give you an idea of why that endeavor was laughable. Put it down to my rather sparse social life and the joy of reading that I found much thrill in reading the book and re acquainting my self with these characters.

 Never Judge a Book by Its Movie

This book is probably one of my favorite adventure stories. But watch the movie and you will snicker at my choice. All the quirks and atmosphere of the book has been stripped to glamorize the entire cast. All of these complaints, of course, are applicable to many books that have been digitized in an attempt to monetize the story. I mean, how can a movie make a mess out of a graphic novel? You have the screenplay, the story board, the characters, the jumps, the cuts. How in the whole wide alternate world can one screw this up? All they had to do was microwave the damn book into a movie. It really beats me. Another example of such a disaster is Philip Pullman’s Golden Compass Trilogy. But then the old adage of never judge a book by its movie exists for a reason, right?

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