League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969

Posted: November 13, 2012 in Crossover Reviews, Crossovers
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Century: 1969 opens with a British Pop Star murdered by members of a mysterious cult. Evidently this is related to an attempt to bring the Moonchild/antichrist into the world which was detailed in the previous edition. Quatermain, Mina, and Orlando are contacted by the Blazing World (this is just mentioned in passing) to try stopping it again. Along the way we briefly meet the daughter of Captain Nemo, who we met in the last chapter. She is now a grandmother.

Oliver Haddo, the Aleister Crowley type character from the last edition has apparently died but his presence is still felt in the narrative. Norton, the time traveling prisoner of London also appears giving more cryptic information, among other things that they’ll meet again in 2009 and by then it will be too late. (The third edition of Century is set in 2009.)

Apparently a recent attempt to make an anti-christ failed. A reference to the novel/film Rosemary’s baby is made, it’s mentioned that the devil child was stillborn. The gang manages to stop another ritual from taking place, but it’s not exactly what they think, and has dire consequences for Mina. Her fate is a chilling consequence of being immortal. The closing scene leaves us in the early 70s/punk era, with the group now in shambles.

The prose story Minions of the Moon continues, and the preceding narrative gives us a hint of where these stories are coming from. We get a wide range of fictional references from the Frankenstein Monster to the fiction of H.G. Wells to the B movie classic Amazon Women on the Moon.

At this point the this story is much more reliant on prior knowledge of the previous edition, as well as the Black Dossier, and the pop culture references in general.

I don’t get as many of the pop cultural references in this edition, but there’s one I’d like to mention. One of the more obscure novels referenced in this story is Vril: The Power of the Coming Race, published in 1871 by Edward Bulwer Lytotton. It is about a underground race of beings that have mastered this energy called Vril. The book has a sort of cult following and some allege that the Nazi party believed Vril to be real. Anyway, there’s one scene in Century 1969 where there’s a live sex show featuring a woman and a creature from this novel. I happened to have read this novel, and know that the Vril were not portrayed as hedonistic. Hence I’m curious why Moore chose to portray these creatures in such a way. I’m sure there are plenty of other fictional creatures to be used for hedonism, like those of the Shaver mysteries for example.

My review of book one below.

https://jemurr.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/league-of-ext-gentlemen-century-1910-a-late-review/

Review of book three coming soon.

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