Who wrote this book and when?
Alan Moore wrote it and Kevin O’Neill illustrated it.

Has there been a film version?
Yes, although it is completely different from the graphic novel series.

Who are the important characters?
Wilhelmina Murray – from “Dracula,” has some vampiric powers
Allan Quatermain – from “King Solomon’s Mines,” a hunter and excellent shot
Captain Nemo – from “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” an Indian submarine captain who dislikes the British
Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde – from the novel of the same title, a man who can turn into a vicious beast when provoked
Hawley Griffin – the invisible man from H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man,” somewhat lax in his morals
Campion Bond – the group’s liason to their director, “M”, supposedly an ancestor of James Bond

What’s it about?
The lovely and intelligent Wilhelmina Murray is sent to collect several people from around the world to form a group of individuals with singular powers known as “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” The group is directed by the mysterious M, whom everyone believes to be Mycroft Holmes, the brother of Sherlock. Their liason to M is a Mr. Campion Bond, whom nobody seriously trusts. The group is sent to recover the extra terrestrial element Cavorite, which has the ability to make things float, hover, or fly (a startling concept in the Victorian age).

Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
I’m not exactly sure.

Do you recommend I read this book?
If you like graphic novels, this is pretty much a “must-read.” If you’re a literary buff like I am, this might be a good first venture into the graphic novel realm.

How did this book make your list?
My husband recommended it.

Has it won any awards?
I don’t think so.

Favorite quotes:
That’d be kind of hard with a graphic novel, sorry.

Anything else?
Alan Moore has promised to write more volumes with different leagues, and has hinted that these leagues will be in different eras; from Shakespearean days to the 1950’s. He’s also stated that there will be rival leagues from other countries, Germany in particular. Also, – EVERY – character in this book is taken from another Victorian era real life novel. The villains, the named other characters, everyone.

Personal thoughts:
For my second foray into the world of graphic novel-dom, this was surprisingly more enjoyable than the first. Maybe because it was a little more action oriented than “Watchmen” with less of the obvious underlying meanings and storylines. And it could also be because I enjoyed the literary allusions that populated every page. And as far as the storyline, it was fairly engrosssing but kind of short. And I understand that since this is the first volume, they were required to have some backstory which took away from time they could have devoted to the main plot.

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