Friday, November 7, 2008

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 2 # 5

Writer: Alan Moore
Artist: Kevin O'Neill
Publisher: America's Best Comics
Published: July 2003

Probably one of my favorite issues in the TLOEG volumes. Issue 5 has Allan Quatermain and Mina Murray finally bringing their relationship to "scary new horizons," but then being quickly interrupted by one of Dr. Moreau's creations. Meanwhile, Mr. Hyde is busy in the museum, uhm, enjoying the art. Yeah that will do.

Earlier in the week I wrote up some thoughts on V for Vendetta by Alan Moore. As I said earlier, Moore is known for his vocal dissatisfaction of filming movies based off his comics. This movie is a perfect example for his 'hate on'. And for very good reason. The movie was a repackaged, altered, and ultimately perverted version of the original, great, comic. For one thing, the film focused too much on the action sequences. Secondly, the film added a supernatural element to Mina that took away any political edge she had in the comics. Fourth, because the film will reach a wider audience than the comic might, Moore and O'Neill's original vision will never be appreciated on the level it deserves. Fourthly, I didn't like it.

Now, to be fair, I am reviewing an issue from volume 2, and the film was mostly derived from volume 1. However, my points still stand, since the film still acts as an umbrella that overshadows the comics.

So, enough with the comparisons, right? Ok. On with the review. I guess the best way to promote this great series is to add this one shot of Mr. Hyde having dinner with Captain Nemo and Samson, which leads to one of the greatest and most horrible sequences in sequential art.
Jeez I'm getting hungry.

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