Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century – 1969 (4 stars)

Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century – 1969

Groovy, psychedelic second entry into the League's Century series

(Top Shelf/Knockabout)

Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill take their science fiction and fantasy literature homage/parody into previously uncharted realms with their most contemporaneous jaunt yet. Part two of the Century trilogy takes the heroes into London at the end of the flower power era. The hippy dream has become a bad trip, a turn of events that dovetails neatly with the wicked wizard Oliver Haddo’s apocalyptic scheme to summon an anti-Christ (first hinted at in Century – 1910).

With the third and final instalment (set in 2009) yet to come, things don’t quite come to a head in part two. But en route to the finale, Moore and O’Neill have a hell of a lot of fun taking the mick out of late 60s London, rammed as it is with druggy pop stars, sexed-up occultists, gay gangsters and pornography. Almost every frame is stuffed with pop cultural references, from On the Buses to Get Carter. It’s groo-vee.

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