The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1 (of 6)
[America’s Best Comics $2.95 US $4.70 CAN]
Written by Alan Moore / Illustrated by Kevin O’Neill
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1I must admit to being really excited about the America’s Best Comics line and after reading issue one of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen I’m looking forward to these comics even more.

In this series Moore brings together a remarkable group of fictional (in our reality anyway) characters: Mina Murray formerly known as Mina Harker, one-time "bride" of Vlad Dracula; Mycroft Holmes the mysterious organizer, "M," of the League; Alan Quatermain, renowned adventurer turned dissolute opium addict; and Captain Nemo, mysterious Indian pirate.

In this issue Mina Murray and Alan Quatermain are sent to Paris to investigate the mystery of a hulking monstrosity who’s been seen snatching prostitutes. Assisting them is one Auguste Dupin who had the honor of investigating a similar series of murders on the Rue Morgue some 50 years back. I won’t reveal who the monster turns out to be but it’s yet another famous fictional character and he looks to be slated for the League.

The artwork in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen fits the story perfectly with easy to follow panel placement and wonderfully stylized illustrations that capture the spirit of the story and time. Moore and O’Neill have crafted an excellent comic here, folks. Run, do not walk to your local comic shop and buy it.

Place a reorder with your local retailer if you can’t find this issue on the shelves. But if you have trouble, write America’s Best Comics, 7910 Ivanhoe Street, #438, La Jolla, CA 92037 or go to and pester them.