The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
is a comic
written by Alan Moore
and illustrated by Kevin O'Neill
. The conception of the comic is that all of Victorian's literary
characters coexsisted in our world and presents this world in 1898. Sherlock Holmes
was once the greatest detective, strange experiements that shocked the public
come upon the world, and mystical creatures roam it
is a secretive fellow who works for a mysterious M
. This M fellow is collecting different people in the world together under the banner of the British Empire
. The first one collected and undeclared leader of this League of Extraordinary Gentleman (and one woman) is Wilhelmina Murray
. Her past is rather murky, other than the facts that she is recently divorced and returned to her maiden name. She is also mentioned as being ravaged by some foreigner
. Even among these other strange chaps she can hold her own.
Wilhelmina Murray: Preferable, surely, to Quatermain the opium-sot? I have, you may believe me, met with many deplorable specimens of humanity, but you...
, the great British explorer, is found by Ms. Murray in an opium
den in Cairo
. Washed up and heavily addicted to opium, Quatermain doesn't seem that useful at the time. He quickly breaks his addiction and tries to live up to the history books that list his many adventures.
Allen Quatermain: Madame, that's enough! I pray God that all Englishwomen are not now of your manly ilk...
, captain of the Nautilus
, has also been recruited by Ms. Murray. His reasons for "defending the Empire" are less defined. Perhaps, it is an agreement that his faked death on the Mysterious Island
shall not be revealed. But in any case, Nemo is a strong force to have on their side.
Captain Nemo: Bond believes we are his pawns. He thinks no-one observes his game. But I am no-one. I observe everything... and to play with Nemo is to play games with destruction.
When the group returns to Britain with Quatermain in hand, Campion is quick to send them after another chase. This time in France
, they meet with a retired detective by the name of Auguste Dupin
. Apparently, a murder case on the Rue Morgue
, that was thought solved, have returned. They find that no normal beast or human is causing these new murders, but some sort of changeling
. A Dr. Henry Jekyll
who had created a potion that had seperated his evil side, Mr. Edward Hyde
, from his own personality. Unfortunatly, they are still stuck in the same body and Hyde no longer requires the potion to come out. The government works hard on trying to get Hyde to work for them, while Jekyll with his impeccable morals joins almost immediatly.
Mr. Edward Hyde: A CURE? You'll cure me, will you, like a wart on Jekyll's arse? Why, you self-important TURD! Unfasten these confouded straps. I'll snap your neck in TWO!
Campion sends them on yet another mystery. A series of girls at the Miss Rosa Coote's Correctional Academy for Wayward Gentlewomen
have been mysteriously been becoming pregnant. On the night that Murray, Quatermain, and Nemo stay there, this "holy spirit" appears having rather carnal affairs with one of the girls. They quickly discover that it is some sort of invisible man
. Dr. Hawley Griffin
, who faked his own death, is eager to join the group in order for a pardon and perhaps a cure for his condition.
Dr. Hawley Griffin: "Oh heavens! He's harmed a poor policeman!" Well, forgive me. I'd rather thought we were a covert military unit, but it seems we are instead a knitting circle!
After gathering this amazing group, Bond gives them their first true mission. Their mission is to retrieve the cavorite
, an anti-gravity material, from an Oriental man known only as "The Doctor
." But there seems more in store for them than just a simple retrievel, a force long thought gone.
As of August 2002, the second volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has begun. In this new saga, our adventurers are moving into the league of the extraterriestial as aliens
crash in England