#3: Mysteries of the East
Writer: Alan Moore
Artist: Kevin O'Neill
Colors: Benedict Dimagmaliw
Lettering: William Oakley
Cover date: May 1999
The League members start looking for the "Doctor" who has stolen the empire's Cavorite. While investigating, they learn how mighty, demonic and dreaded the Doctor is in the East End's underworld. Quatermain witnesses the Doctor writing Chinese letters on the belly of one of his opponents - but he uses acid instead of ink! Some hints of a tea dealer as well as Mina's powers of deduction lead to the assumption that the Doctor has a secret production plant. Based in an abandoned tunnel under the river Thames, the plant is used by the Doctor and his people to build a flying machine with the help of the Cavorite's anti-gravitation.
Quatermain, Mina Murray and the Invisible Man manage to find and enter the plant without being recognized.
It's impressing how Moore manages to build the threatening nature of the evil Doctor (a character who is based on "Doctor Fu Man Chu" but couldn't be called by this name due to copyright problems). The rest of the story is not very breathtaking. It's sort of an interim chapter which sets the ground for the events in the next issues.
© 2003 LeGuy.
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