Monday, September 29, 2014

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 2

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume Two: A Penny Dreadful Review

            Aliens! Aliens have invaded England. They came from Mars and decimate the countryside with their heat rays! Only the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (and one gentlewoman) stand in their way!
            In this comic, every piece of fiction or myth written about England is true, from The Island of Dr. Moreau to The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, is in a way, the ultimate mash-up fanfiction. It is glorious. Yes, the League must defeat the aliens from The War Of The Worlds, while dealing with treachery in their ranks. It was rumored that the common cold eliminated the alien menace… it did not.
            This volume includes even more literary references than the last. I only recognized about three fourths of them – I recommend reading The Princess Of Mars and The War Of The Worlds and generally the entirety of Victorian classical literature before picking up The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume Two. Or volume one, for that matter.
It seems that once the creators got the origin story out of the way they could have more fun exploring the world they’d created. Volume Two is glorious and bloody, able to get deeper into character development.

            Volume Two earns four point five gears out of five, just like its predecessor. It is adventurous and dark, though this one has a touch more sick humor. (It is Mr. Hyde that displays this humor, so it is quite twisted indeed.) Again, this is not in the least appropriate for children, but it is a Must Have in your Steampunk library.

Your Correspondent From The Bookstore,
Penny J. Merriweather