#5: Red in Tooth and Claw
Writer: Alan Moore
Artist: Kevin O'Neill
Colors: Ben Dimagmaliw
Lettering: William Oakley
Design: Todd Klein
Cover date: July 2003
Red weed, an alien plant imported by the Martians, is growing everywhere in London. So the Nautilus is stuck on the river Thames and can't move on. Mr Hyde decides to step back to the League HQ where he encounters Hawley Griffin, the invisible traitor. Thanks to a kind of 'heat sense' Hyde can see him and doesn't hesitate to punish Griffin for his betrayal. And what he does to him is really hard punishment. Later in the evening, at a dinner with Hyde, Nemo and the coachman, blood is appearing slowly everywhere - Griffin's blood.
Meanwhile, Mina Murray and Quatermain are still on their quest for the unknown scientist. After another amorous play, the couple encounters the scientists' creatures: strange chimeras, mixtures of human beings and animals. These creatures take them to Dr. Moreau (known from H.G. Wells' novel 'The Island of Dr. Moreau'). Mina and Allan want him to give them one of his beasts that could help them fighting the Martian invaders.
Moreau's impressive Beast Folk is not drawn after the descriptions in Wells' novel. Moore and O'Neill used various characters from (childrens') literature such as 'The Wind in the Willows'.
The most important scene of the issue is of course Mr Hyde's utterly brutal murder of his former team-mate Griffin. But following this event we can read an interesting monologue by Hyde explaining his torn character.
© 2003 LeGuy.
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