The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Century: 1969 by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, CENTURY: 1969 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. Knockabout Comics/ Top Shelf Productions £7.99

Reviewed by Mike Chinn

Moore brings his saga of a re-imagined 20th century into the Swinging Sixties. Mina, Allan and Orlando (now going by the much hipper Lando) are dropped off at Dover by the Nautilus and arrive in a psychedelic London populated by more 60s icons than you can shake a bong at. The Saint, James Bond, Thunderbirds, Adam Adamant, Callan, Steptoe & Son… The Deep Fix is playing at the very club where The Rutles had their first gig; just round the corner there’s a certain Jerry Cornelius (The Cure for Cancer incarnation: white hair, black skin and teeth, panda skin coat); in Hyde Park there’s going to be a free open air concert fronted by the Purple Orchestra.

The plot’s pretty slight, once again centring on the pursuit of a certain Crowleyesque magician who has gone by many names over the decades – Carswell, Mocato, Haddo – but it’s the ride that matters. O’Neill’s artwork is complex but stark, filled with cameos and jokes – this is one comic where each panel rewards close scrutiny. Even before Mina goes off on a bad trip there’s a vaguely nightmarish aspect that the garish, neon-lit capital can’t outshine.

Roll on the next instalment.