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This book-length celebration and analysis of the Artistic Event of the Century includes an exclusive interview and introduction by League of Extraordinary Gentlemen co creator and author Alan Moore; commentary by co-creator a nd illustrator Kevin O'Neill: detailed, panel-by-panel annotations of the first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series. This book-length celebration and analysis of the Artistic Event of the Century includes an exclusive interview and introduction by League of Extraordinary Gentlemen co creator and author Alan Moore; commentary by co-creator a nd illustrator Kevin O'Neill: detailed, panel-by-panel annotations of the first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series.


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This book-length celebration and analysis of the Artistic Event of the Century includes an exclusive interview and introduction by League of Extraordinary Gentlemen co creator and author Alan Moore; commentary by co-creator a nd illustrator Kevin O'Neill: detailed, panel-by-panel annotations of the first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series. This book-length celebration and analysis of the Artistic Event of the Century includes an exclusive interview and introduction by League of Extraordinary Gentlemen co creator and author Alan Moore; commentary by co-creator a nd illustrator Kevin O'Neill: detailed, panel-by-panel annotations of the first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series.

30 review for Heroes & Monsters: The Unofficial Companion to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brenton

    This volume is comprised of the exhaustive annotations to the first collected volume of Alan Moore's unprecedented graphic novel series League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a forward by Moore himself, a couple of essays by the author, and an interview of Moore conducted by the author. Jess Nevins is a librarian who also happens to be an expert on and enthusiast of Victorian era literature. Nevins originally posted his exhaustive annotations online, and, after receiving additional submissions from o This volume is comprised of the exhaustive annotations to the first collected volume of Alan Moore's unprecedented graphic novel series League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a forward by Moore himself, a couple of essays by the author, and an interview of Moore conducted by the author. Jess Nevins is a librarian who also happens to be an expert on and enthusiast of Victorian era literature. Nevins originally posted his exhaustive annotations online, and, after receiving additional submissions from other fans of the series, edited them into book form. If you've read The League, it should go without saying that these annotations are indispensable when it comes to catching the countless references to all manner of Victorian literature that Moore and his artist O'Neill wrote and drew into the comic pages, and if you're bookishly minded like myself, you'll certainly feel a desire to familiarize yourself with the majority of the classic yet often overlooked works referenced therein.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rustin Parr

    Half the genius of LoEG are the innummerable literary, etc., references hidden within. Nevins supplement opens up the in-jokes to all of us laymen so that we too can be part of the club. This work allows one to much better appreciate the effort Moore and O'Neill put into the books. The additional material in this volume also provides solid backgrounds on LoEG's major players, which is right handy for those of us not completely familiar with all of the original material. Smashing interviews to bo Half the genius of LoEG are the innummerable literary, etc., references hidden within. Nevins supplement opens up the in-jokes to all of us laymen so that we too can be part of the club. This work allows one to much better appreciate the effort Moore and O'Neill put into the books. The additional material in this volume also provides solid backgrounds on LoEG's major players, which is right handy for those of us not completely familiar with all of the original material. Smashing interviews to boot!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eamonn Murphy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is what you get: An Introduction by Alan Moore in which he explains how he began to include all sorts of fictional worlds into the League stories, mixing them together to create a complicated fictional counterpart to the real world. A foreword by the author explaining how he started off annotating the series on a website. Also some notes about Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. Annotations to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. 132 pages of these. To utilise them properly you need to have the gr This is what you get: An Introduction by Alan Moore in which he explains how he began to include all sorts of fictional worlds into the League stories, mixing them together to create a complicated fictional counterpart to the real world. A foreword by the author explaining how he started off annotating the series on a website. Also some notes about Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. Annotations to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. 132 pages of these. To utilise them properly you need to have the graphic novel and the Companion open at the same time and read the panels and notes one by one. This is not a good way to enjoy the story but for a second reading, it is informative. The notes are almost insanely detailed. Page 7, panel 2 shows a cigarette case with a harlequin design and the notes tell us the history of harlequins. Panel 5 notes tell us the history of John Bull because of a logo on a matchbox. This is trivia but other notes give details of the characters, major and minor. 'Archetypes' is a 22-page essay describing how the cast of LOEG represent archetypal characters from Victorian literature and giving the characters origins. Allan Quatermain is the archetype of a muscular Christian hero. Mina Murray is an archetypal new woman who appeared in the 1880s, assertive and independent. 'On Crossovers' is a 12-page essay. Nevins cites Jason and the Argonauts as the first crossover tale, bringing heroes who had their own legends together for one great adventure. Later Balzac, the French writer, created a consistent imaginary world with characters from one novel appearing in others. Stan Lee did the same thing with the Marvel Universe. 'Yellow Peril', a 20-page essay, tells us there are two kinds of danger so labelled. First is the individual Asian genius, second the peril en masse, a faceless horde of decadent, sexually deviant barbarians who threaten western civilisation. Nevins focuses on the individual Peril of which Fu Manchu is the ultimate incarnation. Lastly, there is an interview with Alan Moore. This is 32 pages for like any good craftsmen the bearded one likes chatting about his work. Love him or hate him you can’t ignore the influence of this crazy genius on modern comics. I found it interesting that he has firm roots in literature and is very pleased that League sometimes directs comic readers to the ’old masters’ of adventure fiction who worked with prose alone, as well as to cult writers like Flann O’Brien. Is this worth buying? For 1,299 pennies you get 132 pages of detailed annotations and 93 pages of interesting supplementary material which will give you a long list of books to read to increase your knowledge of Victorian pulp literature and your appreciation of the League. I enjoyed the essays but, for me, ploughing laboriously through the annotations is not fun. However one might just dip into them if something in a panel aroused one’s curiosity. Not a book for everyone but dedicated fans will love it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Billy Hogan

    A great book about the first volume of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, complete with "easter eggs" that can be found in its pages. The book also talks about the origins of the main characters in literature and their influence in popular culture, ending with an interview by the author with Alan Moore. A great book about the first volume of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, complete with "easter eggs" that can be found in its pages. The book also talks about the origins of the main characters in literature and their influence in popular culture, ending with an interview by the author with Alan Moore.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bodicainking

    Highly recommended, as well as a great guide to the layers of reference in Moore and O'Neil's work, it is also a fantastic jumping-off point for a whole range of interesting (and often half-forgot) literature. Highly recommended, as well as a great guide to the layers of reference in Moore and O'Neil's work, it is also a fantastic jumping-off point for a whole range of interesting (and often half-forgot) literature.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Helmut

    Für Detektive und Neugierige Dass Moore mit "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" einen modernen Klassiker des Comicgenres erschaffen hat ist wohl nicht anzuzweifeln. Das herausragende an diesem Werk ist die Einbindung von so vielen Quellen, versteckten Hinweisen, dass selbst bei intensiver Lektüre dem neugierigen und inquisitiven Leser Fragen offen bleiben. Diese Fragen beantwortet dieses Buch hier für den ersten Band von LoEG. Welcher Vorlage folgt dieser Charakter auf Seite 23, Panel 2? In einem Für Detektive und Neugierige Dass Moore mit "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" einen modernen Klassiker des Comicgenres erschaffen hat ist wohl nicht anzuzweifeln. Das herausragende an diesem Werk ist die Einbindung von so vielen Quellen, versteckten Hinweisen, dass selbst bei intensiver Lektüre dem neugierigen und inquisitiven Leser Fragen offen bleiben. Diese Fragen beantwortet dieses Buch hier für den ersten Band von LoEG. Welcher Vorlage folgt dieser Charakter auf Seite 23, Panel 2? In einem Panel ist im Hintergrund eine Plakatwerbung, was hat es damit auf sich? Diese Andeutung auf Seite 10, Panel 5, verstehe ich nicht, was bedeutet sie? Detailbesessen verfolgt der Autor hier praktisch jeden einzelnen Faden und bietet eine einmalige Einsicht in die Menge an Recherchearbeit, die Moore für sein Comickunstwerk geleistet hat, wodurch man es auf einer ganz neuen Ebene erfahren und schätzen lernen kann. Nur zur Sicherheit: Es ist ein Nachschlagewerk, ein Lexikon. Es ist nicht als alleinstehende Lektüre geeignet, sondern nur im Zusammenhang mit LoEG Band 1 benutzbar.

  7. 4 out of 5

    The other John

    This is a read once kind of book--"The Unofficial Companion to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." If you've read LOEG, you know that is is packed full of characters from and references to other works of fiction. Mr. Nevins has gone through and made notes about them all. Since I'm not quite as well read as him, I loved paging through the book and finding out about the references I didn't catch. But now that I'm done, well, I doubt if I'll read it again. I mean, occasionally you get a referen This is a read once kind of book--"The Unofficial Companion to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." If you've read LOEG, you know that is is packed full of characters from and references to other works of fiction. Mr. Nevins has gone through and made notes about them all. Since I'm not quite as well read as him, I loved paging through the book and finding out about the references I didn't catch. But now that I'm done, well, I doubt if I'll read it again. I mean, occasionally you get a reference book that's entertaining to read despite the information it contains--like The Joys of Yiddish or Phil Farrand's Nitpicker guides--but Heroes and Monsters ain't one of them. Sorry, Jess.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Zac

    A great, and quite necessary, companion to the first LoEG volume, which has definitely piqued my interest in 19th century (and older) fiction. The annotations are a little more detailed and refined than on Nevins' website, but I did like seeing the guest contributions and the kind of progress and piecing together of the puzzle that I got from reading the web version. The essays were interesting, but tended to just refer to a list of other titles a bit much. The interview with Moore was excellent A great, and quite necessary, companion to the first LoEG volume, which has definitely piqued my interest in 19th century (and older) fiction. The annotations are a little more detailed and refined than on Nevins' website, but I did like seeing the guest contributions and the kind of progress and piecing together of the puzzle that I got from reading the web version. The essays were interesting, but tended to just refer to a list of other titles a bit much. The interview with Moore was excellent and very insightful, as they always are.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    Heroes & Monsters: The Unofficial Companion to The League of Extraordinary Gentleman reprints all of the information from Nevin’s popular website plus biographies and analyses of all the major players, commentary by Kevin O’Neill, introduction by Alan Moore, and an interview with Moore. All this wrapped in a gorgeous John Picacio cover. Nevins’ book is not needed to enjoy League, but it will greatly enhance your reading pleasure.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    Jess Nevins attempts to catalogue all the literary characters, places and things Alan Moore included in his 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comics. He's a brave man and has created a reference book that is almost as much fun to read as the source. As a literature geek, I knew a lot of this, but was glad to find out about the ones I missed or guessed wrong about. Jess Nevins attempts to catalogue all the literary characters, places and things Alan Moore included in his 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comics. He's a brave man and has created a reference book that is almost as much fun to read as the source. As a literature geek, I knew a lot of this, but was glad to find out about the ones I missed or guessed wrong about.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Jess Nevins is my kinda man - a humble librarian interested in Victoriana and sci-fi/fantasy. Hot! This book is, of course, fun only if you've read the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen graphic novel, which I admit might not be for everyone. But it's for me and Jess! Jess Nevins is my kinda man - a humble librarian interested in Victoriana and sci-fi/fantasy. Hot! This book is, of course, fun only if you've read the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen graphic novel, which I admit might not be for everyone. But it's for me and Jess!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    A very helpful way to get the full experience out of the first volume of League of Extraordinary Gentleman. The essays in the back are a little less strong and ever towards the pompous a few times, but overall, they're informative and interesting. A very helpful way to get the full experience out of the first volume of League of Extraordinary Gentleman. The essays in the back are a little less strong and ever towards the pompous a few times, but overall, they're informative and interesting.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Worth reading along with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume One by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill. Worth reading along with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume One by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Variaciones Enrojo

    Anexo informativo del primer volumen de League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    The unofficial companion to volume I of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, with panel by panel explication of the numerous literary and cultural references.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cleolinda

  17. 5 out of 5

    David

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    Zachary Eddinger

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    Katie May

  20. 4 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

    Neil Sarver

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sean Belt

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Mealey

  27. 5 out of 5

    chris pender

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    David

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alberto López Aroca

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Tindall

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