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The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The year is 1898, and Mina Murray is recruited by Campion Bond on behalf of British Intelligence and asked to assemble a league of other extraordinary individuals to protect the interests of the Empire: Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, Dr. Jekyll, and Hawley Griffin the Invisible Man. They help stop a gang war between Fu Manchu and Professor Moriarty, nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. Following this they take part in the events of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds. Two members of the League (Mina Murray and Allan Quatermain) achieve immortality, and are next seen in an adventure in 1958. This follows events that take place after the fall of the Big Brother government from Nineteen Eighty Four.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen


Moore's work includes references to previous leagues and suggests there will be others subsequently. In much the same way that the New Traveller's Almanac, an appendix to the trade paperback collection of The League Vol. 2, detailed much of the geography of the League's world, the third volume, The Black Dossier, set out an extensive history of the world of the League and each of its various incarnations, threading together hundreds of disparate works of fiction into a cohesive timeline.

Based on the comic book/graphic novel series by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN is about a team of iconic adventurers from 19th century English literature who are members of a "League" imbued with the task of protecting England. In this movie, Mysterious "M" (thought by the comic book characters to be Sherlock Holmes' older brother, Mycroft Holmes) recruits individuals with special abilities to protect England from a master criminal. These individuals are harvested from the writings of a rich crop of authors from H.G. Wells' "Invisible Man" to Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". Where vampire hunter Mina Harker (Peta Wilson) is the leader of this band of "gentlemen" in the graphic novel, great white hunter, Allen Quartermain (Sean Connery) is given the task in the movie. The group--once assembled--track the mysterious "Phantom", a man who looks like a cross between Genghis Khan and the Phantom of the Opera, to stop him before he can realize his goal of starting a global war.

On the bright side, the movie has potential and originality, with familiar legends placed together in an interesting situation. The rich, imaginative fantasy that the idea of this movie represents is ambitious and intriguing. It is a pity that the story does not realize even a fair share of what it could be, but it is entertaining and each of the characters deserves a second look, which is an extraordinary quality for any action movie.

In CHAPTER THREE, the narrative draws to its cataclysmic close in London 2009. The magical child whose ominous coming has been foretold for the past hundred years has now been born and has grown up to claim his dreadful heritage. His promised aeon of unending terror can commence, the world can now be ended starting with North London, and there is no League, extraordinary or otherwise, that now stands in his way. The bitter, intractable war of attrition in Q'umar crawls bloodily to its fifth year, away in Kashmir a Sikh terrorist with a now-nuclear-armed submarine wages a holy war against Islam that might push the whole world into atomic holocaust, and in a London mental institution there's a patient who insists that she has all the answers. -- an 80-page full-color softcover graphic novel, 6.625" x 10.125", Diamond: APR12-1232

The reboot will be based on 2003's feature film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The league comprises a group of literary heroes from Victorian England, including Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, and more characters from that era of literature. Stephen Norrington directed 2003's adaptation, which stars Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain in his final live-action role before he retired in 2006. Also in the film, Naseeruddin Shah as Captain Nemo, Peta Wilson as Doctor Mina Harker, Tony Curran as Rodney Skinner, Stuart Townsend as Dorian Gray, Shane West as Tom Sawyer, Jason Flemyng as Doctor Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, and Richard Roxburgh as Professor James Moriarty.

The plot follows Mina Murray as she assembles a team of extraordinary people to work for the British Intelligence Agency to take down Fu Manchu and Moriarty and stop a gang war. The story continues by following the League to the familiar events of War of the Worlds and has them witness the fall of Big Brother in 1984. Along the way, Mina and adventurer Allan Quatermain achieve immortality and go on to stop evil magicians from creating the Antichrist with ancestors of former League members long since passed.

The elaborately decorated library, where M (Richard Roxburgh) begins to assemble the league, is the Theological Hall of Strahov Library in the Strahov Monastery in Strahov, a district of Prague on the west bank of the Vltava. It appears again as the interior of 'Buckingham Palace' in Albert and Allen Hughes's From Hell, with Johnny Depp, as the 'Vatican library' in the 2006 remake of The Omen, and you can see the adjoining Philosophical Hall, being used by a very different M, in the 2006 Bond movie Casino Royale.

There have been several incarnations of the League throughout time. Each league being composed of the most extraordinary people of their time. These are not always characters of noble or heroic character. For example Christian is a profoundly good character and Fantomas is a serial killer. There are also character who are everywhere in between

The League a a super secret group so if there are more they have yet to be revealed. The first known league seems to be composed around the 1680's. They were known as Prospero's men. The team consisted of Don Quixote, Captain Robert Owe-Much, Ariel, Prospero, Caliban, Christian, Amber St. Clair and Orlando.

In the 1780's it was called the Society Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Many trophies of their adventures can be seen all over the headquarters of the league and MI6. This League was composed of Gulliver, The Scarlet Pimpernel and his wife, Dr. Syn, Fanny Hill and Natty Bumppo.

There is a lot of evidence of another league. Paintings of these characters can be seen everywhere. The speculated league came about in the mid 19th Century. They most likely consisted of Sir Francis Varney, Count Allamistakeo, The Blue Dwarf, Jack Harkaway, Phileas Fog, and Dorian Gray.

In the late 19th Century the League was reformed again. This was put together with the help of MI6 and the unlikely Wilhelmina Murray. Wilhelmina was the first and leader of this group as she contacted Captain Nemo to join her league and found Allan Quatermain in Africa, helped capture Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde and brought in the Invisible Man ( Hawley Griffin). This would compose the members of their team.

In the early twentieth century the previous league had disbanded due to the death of two of the members Edward Hyde and Hawley Griffin. The league would be reformed in the new century with Wilhelmina still as the leader of the team. Allan Quatermain Jr. took his father's place. Other members are Thomas Caracki, A. J. Raffles, and Orlando.

Another league in the early 19th Century was known as Les Hommes Mysterieux. This was the French counterpart to the League in England. They were a league that started in 1910. The five members of this league were Nyctalope, Arsene Lupin, Robur The Conquer, Zenith the Albino and Fantomas.

Another league called Der Zwielicht-helder most likely appeared about ten years later. This was the smallest league and consisted of only four members. Doctor Mabuse, Doctor Caligari, Doctor C. A. Rotwang, and Maria.

The most recently known league was a mid 20th Century League. This league is was in effect during World War II. The league consisted of Peter Brady, Professor James Gray, Worrals, Wolf of Kabul and The Iron Warrior.

NC (vo): Based on the comic by Alan Moore, the guy who did Watchmen, directed by Stephen Norrington, the guy who directed Blade, and starring the guy who inspired the greatest Celebrity Jeopardy! episodes ever made, (A still from the Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Sean Connery, played by Darrell Hammond, at Jeopardy!, hosted by Alex Trebek (Will Ferrell), is shown) how can this not be friggin' amazing? Well, it found a way, and folks have been regretting this extraordinary dumbhood for 15 years. Has it warranted all the hate it deserves? Well, if Connery decided he had one more film in him after this, (A scene from The Avengers with Sean Connery dressed in a bear costume and surrounded by several other ones, is shown) I guess it can't be that bad, can it?

Witness the fall of an empire and the emergence of an extraordinary band of adventurers as the groundbreaking miniseries continues! Paris, 1898. Our intrepid group makes the acquaintance of the most dastardly of villains, the nefarious Mr. Hyde. Upon convincing the brute to join their number, they journey to London to begin their great mission. Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, two of comics' greatest creators, invite you to join them on what will surely be the thrill of a lifetime! Written by Alan Moore. Art and cover by Kevin O'Neill. FC, 32 pg.Cover price $2.95. 041b061a72

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