Author: Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
Title: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Publication Info: America’s Best Comics (1999)
This novel brings together several fictional characters – Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, Dr. Jekyl, and the Invisible Man – to solve mysteries in an alternate universe London. The tone of the book is dark and the characters are highly-flawed and untrustworthy. Moore unsettling writes in style that reflects the racist and jingoistic attitudes of the time. On the other hand Mina is a strong female lead, and although the other characters grumble about her, they still follow her lead. I’ll definitely read more in this series.
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