The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2 New Edition | Review


Published on Sep 16, 2019


A new threat looms on the Empire and on Earth in general just a month after the events seen in the first volume of a strange metal cylinders raining down from the sky and, according to the report the experts, it would be objects coming from the planet Mars. The group of Extraordinary Gentlemen finds itself again united to see actually what it is; the heroes are, however, a terrible discovery: from these cylindrical objects out of the alien tentacles begin to build machines of mass destruction in order to conquer our planet. After a few attempts to stop the invasion, the group must divide: on the one hand Captain Nemo and Hyde must stop the invasion of the aliens with the few means at their disposal, on the other hand, Allan Quatermain and Miss Murray are in charge of the search for the weapon that can destroy the aliens...

Alan Moore and Kevin O'neill returns after the excellent first volume; and engage in a continuation of a story so sought-after and appreciated is always a big gamble, because you are likely often to ruin than previously has been done; let's see if the two authors are successful or not.

Reading this volume, one thing immediately jumps the eye: Moore has chosen a plot much more linear; sure, there are subplots relating to individual characters, but they are much less complex than the general design that we could appreciate in the first volume of these Gentlemen. The second feature, which in reality is a restatement of what we have seen in the previous story, is the constant reminder to other famous works: already in the first pages we have a double reminder: first, to The Cycle of the Barsoom of Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose most famous character is John Carter of Mars, protagonist of the first three novels and the first one important in the other; the other is to Gullivar Joner, a precursor to the less well known of John Carter, character created in 1905 by Edwin Lester Arnold for the novel Lieutenant Gullivar Jones: His Vacation. Among the other characters are borrowed, it is impossible not to mention The island of dr. Moreau, the famous science-fiction novel of H. G. Wells, written in 1896, and The war of the worlds, originally published in 1897, and the protagonist, along with Orson Welles's famous radio announcement in 1938. The only negative aspect is that here some of the protagonists of famous novels are dropped here without a reworking of the evolutionary, as the characters cited in Vol. 1.

Coming to the protagonists, we will find the same faces seen in the first volume, with important variations in the course of history. The characters perhaps suffer less psychological insight than what is seen, but some of the links are strengthened, almost Moore decides to analyze his heroes as a result of bilateral meetings; this advantages then some of the reports, but it neglects others.

Kevin O'neill is very comfortable with these themes, giving its best in the scenes of mass destruction; the scenes of the alien attack on London, are very suggestive.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, it would be wrong to define this comic a disappointment; it is probably less than the first volume (unless you are looking for a plot more simple of course), but it was still a pleasant read, full of literary references.

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