The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 2009

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009 by Alan Moore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now this is more like it. After the wheel-spinning of Century’s second installment, the third and final volume, 2009, rockets forward to the finish line. Mostly due to the fact that it’s the final volume, so Moore actually has to pay attention to the plot instead of going off on his frequent masturbation-fantasy tangents. The turn of the previous century spawned far more indelible literary/pop culture characters to choose from than the turn of this century, but Moore makes due in some very amusing ways. Keep an eye out for references to 30 Rock, Doctor Who, numerous James Bonds, John Steed’s multiple partners from The Avengers, even Harry Potter. Plot-wise, Moore wraps up the trilogy in a way that is mostly satisfying, although after three volumes I wanted more from (and more to happen to) Aleister Crowley stand-in Oliver Haddo. All in all, though, I found 2009 to be the most enjoyable of Century’s three volumes.

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The Christmas Haul, Part 3: Baconpocalypse

A late-arriving Christmas gift from my brother and his fiancée:

Baconpocalypse

A bacon sampler from Nueske’s! That’s three whole pounds of bacon: applewood smoked, wild cherrywood smoked (uncured), and pepper coated. Let the baconpocalypse begin!

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969 by Alan Moore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The second volume in the Century trilogy, 1969, is disappointingly lightweight. The plot doesn’t advance much, and Moore’s obsession with sex and nudity is now completely intruding on the narrative, shoehorned in at every opportunity and derailing the story. It’s not a terrible book, Moore’s mad genius is still clearly at work in the details, and I did kind of love the Rolling Stones and “Sympathy for the Devil” homages. The ending is interesting, too, setting up an unexpected roadblock for the conclusion. But the whole thing felt like Moore spinning his wheels. Here’s hoping the third and final volume in the trilogy, 2009, is a return to form.

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