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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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