The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a comic book series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Kevin O'Neill. The series was launched in 1999 as part of the America's Best Comics imprint of Wildstorm Comics. The series spans two six-issue limited series and a hardcover graphic novel, with a third miniseries due to be published by Top Shelf Productions. According to Moore, the initial concept behind the series was initially a "Justice League of Victorian England" but quickly grew into an opportunity to merge all works of fiction into one world. Says Moore: "The planet of the imagination is as old as we are. It has been humanity's constant companion with all of its fictional locations, like Mount Olympus and the gods, and since we first came down from the trees, basically. It seems very important, otherwise, we wouldn't have it." Moore and O'Neill have revealed that they plan to map out many different eras in the League series with Allan Quatermain and Mina Murray (of Bram Stoker's Dracula) being the two constants.
At the behest of Campion Bond, Mina Harker begins recruiting members of the new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. After recruiting Captain Nemo on Lincoln Island, Mina goes to Cairo to locate Allan Quatermain, then on to Paris in search of Dr. Jekyll; finally in London she contacts the Invisible Man, who completes this incarnation of the League. Volume I deals with a power struggle between Professor Moriarty and Fu Manchu.
Placed during the events of H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, the League split up into two groups; with Mina and Allan sent off to find a reclusive doctor in the woods, Nemo and Hyde remain to fight the first wave of tripods, but what is Griffin up to? Featuring John Carter and Gullivar Jones on Mars and a surprise ending to the invasion.
The Black Dossier
The Black Dossier centres on the eponymous fictional book (that provides a comprehensive review of all of the previous leagues over the centuries) which is stolen by a young man and woman in 1958 in a post-Big Brother England where they are pursued by a trio of ruthless government agents. This release also includes a variety of extras including a 3-D section and glasses, a Tijuana Bible, and the Absolute edition will include an LP record.