WCR Episode #15 – “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 2”

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So this is our official second volume episode, this clearly follows our inaugural episode. I hope we got better!

If you know anything about me, then you know I don’t have much time for reading. Sometimes, it feels I don’t have much time for anything…but I digress. Time, being valuable, has forced me to be choosy about which books I pick up. This one, lying around for a few months, was one I read a couple pages of, but could never seem to make significant progress on, until, well the middle section. Listen to the podcast to find out why.
Yup folks, Im that base. I do like a little Romance between the pages. I also like strong character, and some gritty details. Some literary intellectualism, and english accents pretty much sums it up for me. In the end, I totally got into this book in a big way. Talk about fun!
Being the second volume, Moore could delve into the story and the characters, without having to introduce everyone. We learn to love Hyde, while hating Griffin. There are bad-ass Aliens and a great opening sequence on (you guessed it) Mars. Even though the book is high;y fantastical, it has a grit and sense of reality that takes you down a notch and keeps you thinking. Its critical,while being fun, “Tongue in cheek”, I think, is the expression.
The art is wonderful, just like the first book. It has, again a rough quality, that paints Quartermain’s naked body a little too clearly, while leaving us guessing about Mina’s beauty. I love his cityscapes and the detail in all the images. I cant get enough of this art!
OK, I recommend this book, and would love to hear what you think. Read, and enjoy.

Next Week – Martin continues the Alan Moore Theme with “V for Vendetta”. Following that, Mike has the PROOF about great comics!

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