The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume II by Alan Moore is an excellent sequel to the first volume. Centered around the arrival of H.G. Well’s alien invaders from The War of the Worlds to Victorian London, it is up to the League to save the Empire from disaster.
As is to be expected in the League series, there is incredible attention to detail and the artwork is heavy with references to well known Victorian works. At the beginning of Part 6 “You Should See Me Dance the Polka,” there is a family of foxes gnawing on an unmistakable Peter Rabbit that literally made me laugh out loud. Indeed, the better well versed in Victorian prose and poetry, the more likely you are to enjoy The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series.
As with all of Alan Moore’s work (at least, everything that I have read so far), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume II is intended for a mature audience. This is not a comic book to hand to the miniatures and expect clean and wholesome fun. But for those who can handle a graphic novel that is at times, well, graphic… this is a marvelous read that will make you squee with delight as homage is paid to Victorian writers that may escape the notice of those less steeped in their influence.
Does anyone have any recommendations for Steampunk graphic novels? I recently picked up the new Sherlock Holmes publication by Leah Moore (Alan Moore’s daughter) and am intending to read and review it after I finish my present read, The Collector of Worlds. I won an gift card at a charity raffle to a local comics book store and would love to hear your recommendations if you have recently enjoyed a Steampunk title.