The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century in One Hard-Cover Volume

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If you can get past the horror that was Sean Connery’s shambolic film, and have been living under a rock so long that you haven’t even read the first volume, you’ll be happy to know that five years after Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill first brought their famous League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 3 series to the trans-Atlantic partnership of Top Shelf (US) & Knockabout (UK), a single volume collection, called simply, the collected “Century”! This 256-page hardcover, scheduled to appear in stores in July 2014, will collect all three installments of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol III: Century. Spanning the League’s adventures in 1910, 1969, and 2009, this epic tome sees Mina Murray and her dwindling allies race across time to prevent an apocalyptic conspiracy, while the world they once knew crumbles around them. Woven throughout, of course, are countless colourful characters from 100 years of British pop culture, from Marxist opera to reality television, pulp fiction to experimental film, and even a touch of rock ‘n’ roll.

The nineteenth century, expiring with a flourish of Moriarty and Martians, has left the division of Military Intelligence commanded by Mina Murray in a state of disrepair. While she and her lover Allan Quatermain have achieved a measure of eternal youth, recruiting new talents such as the trans-gendered immortal Orlando, the ghost-finder Thomas Carnacki and the gentleman thief A.J. Raffles to replace their deceased or missing colleagues, former associate Captain Nemo has retired to his Pacific pirate island to decline in surly isolation.

Now it is the early years of a new and unfamiliar century, and forces are emerging that appear to promise ruin for the Murray group, the nation and indeed the world, even were it to take a hundred years for this apocalyptic threat to come to its disastrous fruition.

From the occult parlours and crime-haunted wharfs of 1910, through the criminal, mystical and psychedelic underworlds of 1969 to the financially and culturally desolated streets of 2009, the disintegrating remnants of Miss Murray and her League must combat not only the hidden hand of their undying adversary, but also the ethical and psychological collapse accompanying this new era.

The League are one of the best bands of heroes ever written about, and you don’t have to be English nor an Anglo-phile to get a huge amount of enjoyment from reading their adventures… I have pre-ordered mine on Amazon @ £13.39 with free delivery and Amazon’s Pre-order Price Guarantee already!

GS Reporter: SilverFox

Source: Top Shelf

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