Alan Moore: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 (2000, America's Best Comics) 4 stars

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier is an original graphic novel in the comic …

Fun adventure story with a team of awful people

4 stars

Not sure why it took me so long to get to this. I'd already been a fan of Watchmen and V for Vendetta. I know there was a poorly-received movie some time ago which I haven't seen. Maybe that's what put me off.

I have a passing familiarity with the characters from their original stories, and that was enough to grip onto as everyone was introduced and we got to see how they got on. I did probably miss out on something by not having read the entirety of 19th century British literature before this, but one only has so much time for homework.

The story itself is quite good. It's fast paced, and the banter between the team is snippy and sharp. I liked the pastiche of a contemporary action serial magazine for boys, which added a bit of fun in the literal margins.

There's unfortunately plenty of casual racism and sexism, which I hope was meant as part of the pastiche but even if it was it doesn't land so well in 2024.

Despite that it was a fun read and I'll probably head to the library soon for volume 2.