The first two volumes of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is probably my favourite metafictional comic, outside of Grant Morrison. The idea of Victorian fiction stars forming a team to combat the supernatural is just too great a premise to miss out on, especially for me. At first it was simple name recognition. Most of the characters I had encountered in one form or another, thanks to the numerous movies and reinterpretations of those 100 year old works. When I got a hold of it, I realized what Alan Moore had done. It was the literal opposite of his previous work. Instead of forcing the real world upon fictional characters, he was making fiction the real world. That revelation immediately pushed the League into my list of top comics.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969 expands on that premise but in doing so, reveals its fundamental flaw: Continuity. Yes, the flaw that plagues superhero comics, the one that alienates new readers and contributes to overall confusion is the star of this Alan Moore epic. Read the rest of this entry
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[You know what I love? 3 am. Three AM is this magical time of the day that you can do anything and talk to anyone without fear of being reproached and told that your writing is messy, confusing or written in the wrong language, because if they do you can always respond I did it at 3am, jerk-wad and suddenly it all makes sense. They will be keen to admit that this is not your best work or the reason that you beat little Jimmy with a hammer was not because you’re a psychopath. It’s because you’re a psychopath who works at 3am. And really if you’re not going to go on a murderous rampage afterwards, why bother starting anything past 1am. It’s just too much effort without the insanity.]
Wait. This was supposed to be about Eureka Seven wasn’t it? Read the rest of this entry