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Monday, December 15, 2008

A Confession (Stealing Post Ideas from Blog@ since 2007)

So the new Blog@ has a post called "Comic Book Confessionals" where the point is to confess embarrassing facts about yourself as a comic fan. Well, since a) I need a blog post and b) this is much too embarrassing to ever admit on Blog@, I'm going to admit mine here.

I actually liked the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie better than the comic.

Yes. I know it was objectively speaking a terrible movie. Yes, I know that.

But I really HATE the comic. I like most of Alan Moore's stuff, I do, and I like the idea/concept behind the League. But I absolutely despise the execution. I spent the whole time reading it feeling as though I could sense the smugness wafting up from the pages. If a book could have feelings, I would have thought it was far too impressed with itself.

And don't get me started with the death of the Invisible Man. There're are scenes that are shocking, scenes that are darkly funny, and scenes that just spark the comment: "Huh, well. That was unnecessary."

I'll let you guess where my reaction was.

As for the movie, well, it made no sense. The characterizations were trite. The acting was terrible... but heck, everyone got to do something vaguely cool and contribute to the end, and that's really what I like in team movies. (It's actually where I thought the first X-Men movie disappointed. I mean, that movie was objectively much better, and great if you like Wolverine and Rogue, but well...I don't really. I'd have liked to see the others do a bit more cool things too.)

So yep. That's my confession. Feel free to mock and jeer. :-)


  • At December 15, 2008 9:25 AM, Blogger SallyP said…


    You monster!

  • At December 15, 2008 9:58 AM, Blogger Rich said…

    I like the League comics, and while I actually agree that Hyde's raping of the Invisible Man was completely unnecessary, I really like the scene where he actually expires and his blood becomes visible.

    That said, I have an unnatural fondness for the movie too, no matter how awful it is.

  • At December 15, 2008 10:47 AM, Blogger Saranga said…

    I quite liker the's fun if rather rubbish, but then again that is what I look for in a movie.
    I also didn't like the comic. I feel no shame in this.

  • At December 15, 2008 11:32 AM, Blogger Legible Susan said…

    Well, I spent too much of the movie being annoyed at the changes that made no sense (esp. how they completely missed the point with Mina) to really enjoy it, except where the effects were cool. But hey, cool effects.

    I thought the books were very clever, and I know we're meant to not like most of the characters, so that works. But I assume I'm "supposed" to want to get hold of the third one, and I've heard things, about the golliwog in particular, that put me off rather. So he's examining the prejudices embedded in the original material, but maybe not enough?

  • At December 15, 2008 11:51 AM, Blogger Zaratustra said…

    Black Dossier reads more like extended porny fan fiction. Which is pretty much what most of Alan Moore's recent work is.

  • At December 15, 2008 3:37 PM, Anonymous suedenim said…

    I enjoyed the first two series, though the second somewhat less than the first, and I'm not sure I'd dig either as much on a second pass. I did buy the third, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

    It's probably the best fan fiction ever written, which evades the question of whether that accolade is worth pursuing in the first place.

    It's obviously written with far more craft and ingenuity, but Moore's basically pursuing the same goal as the guy who posts a Star Trek/Sailor Moon/Highlander/Dukes of Hazzard/Land of the Lost/Airwolf crossover to the Internet.

  • At December 16, 2008 12:53 AM, Blogger Technocracygirl said…

    I enjoyed the first two books. I'm such a Victoriana fangirl that I'll take almost anything with a whiff of steampunk in it.

    The Blackk Dossier, on the other hand? Tepid, confusing, and very meaningful if you wanted to read every single fripping style Moore decided to s/h/o/w/ o/f/f/ squeeze in. I finished the thing (exhaustedly, because those 3-D glasses aren't made for nearsighted, glasses-wearing people) and have never even bothered to look at it since.

  • At December 16, 2008 2:11 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    3d glasses? Eek. Even if I wanted to read it then, I couldn't. :-)

  • At December 19, 2008 6:24 PM, Blogger Ununnilium said…

    I really liked the first two. Interesting point on the smugness, though I didn't feel it meself. I agree with Rich's agreement - rape bad, inviso-blood good.

    Haven't gotten my hands on the Black Dossier yet.

    (And as far as fanfiction goes... yep, it's fanfiction -- but so is, for instance, 75% of all superhero comics.)


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