LOEG Century: 1910
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The third volume detailing the exploits of Miss Wilhelmina Murray and her extraordinary colleagues, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol III: Century is a monumental tale taking place in three distinct eras, building to an apocalyptic conclusion occurring in our own current twenty-first century.
This chapter is set against a backdrop of London, 1910, twelve years after the failed Martian invasion and nine years since England put a man upon the moon. With Halley's Comet passing overhead, the nation prepares for the coronation of King George V, and far away on his South Atlantic Island, the science-pirate Captain Nemo is dying. In the bowels of the British Museum, Carnacki the ghost-finder is plagued by visions of a shadowy occult order who are attempting to create something called a Moonchild, while on London's dockside the most notorious serial murderer of the previous century has returned to carry on his grisly trade. Working for Mycroft Holmes' British Intelligence alongside a rejuvenated Allan Quartermain, the reformed thief Anthony Raffles and the eternal warrior Orlando, Miss Wilhelmina Murray is drawn into a brutal opera acted out upon the waterfront by players that include the furiously angry Pirate Jenny and the charismatic butcher known as Mac the Knife.
Drawing from the fiction, theatre, film and television culture of the twentieth century as artfully as the preceding volumes drew upon the literature of the nineteenth, this first instalment of the League's adventures takes our familiar cast of characters – plus several previously unfamiliar – and propels them into a new age. More than this, with its third volume the League's exploits move into a different realm of format, artistry and story-telling as this remarkable series sets out to explore the full limits of the vast fictional cosmos that it has marked as its territory. A unified field theory of fiction as much as a comic-book story, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume III: Century is sure to be like nothing you have ever read before.
All three books from this series are also collected together in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century (Compendium), available on SEQUENTIAL.
Originally published in May 2009
•Literary review magazine
"O’Neill’s detailed art matches the intricacy of Moore’s design, combining the meticulous line work of period book illustrations and a distinctly modern vitality."
Comic Book Galaxy
•Comics website and blog
“Among the finest works in Moore's oeuvre ... everything this series has led you to expect: fast-paced, visually dense and wildly imaginative. It feels to me like having comics back again, in all their unkempt glory …I haven't read anything better so far this year, and I urge you to lose yourself once more in this extraordinary series." – Alan David Doane
The AV Club
“A slick, enjoyable read.”