Writer: Alan Moore
Artist: Kevin O’Neill
Allow us to sell you on League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009: In it, Harry Potter is the Antichrist and he kills people by shootings lightning bolts from his penis. No joke.
For some writers, that's a story detail too devious to ever be put to paper, but for Alan Moore it’s actually par for the course. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009 is the last chapter of the third volume of Moore’s literary mash-up, and it deftly ties together plot threads from the previous Century books in style.
This volume sees Orlando, the sex-changing lead from Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando: A Biography, tasked with finding Mina Harker in order to help her stop the rise of the Antichrist. Along the way, Moore sprinkles in thinly-veiled character cameos from the pantheon of literature from Shakespeare to Disney. For the eagle-eyed lit fanatic, these cameos should be one of the joys of this book.
Easter eggs aside, this is a brilliantly told, dense read that's more unabashedly fun than anything else on this list. It further proves that Alan Moore still has a knack for giving us exactly what we don’t expect, and that’s exactly what we want from him.
Artist Kevin O’Neill also delivers some brilliance here. O'Neill's illustrations are more than up to the task of going toe-to-toe with Moore’s scripts, thanks to his ability to tell a story simply through facial expressions.
Obviously this is the third part of a much grander epic, so before you dive into it, you should really catch up on the previous Century books. Once you do, try to mentally prepare yourself for a comic book that's unlike anything else you’ve ever opened up before.