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"Red in Tooth and Claw": In England, the Martians have stopped up the river with an overgrowth of red vegetation, effectively rendering the Nautilus useless until the vegetation can be cleared. Edward Hyde tells Captain Nemo that he is not waiting around all day and is going to the museum. H

Quote1 You're wrong. Why, I'm obsessed with the past. I simply can't let things go. Do you know what I mean. I'll see you later, I expect. Quote2
-- Edward Hyde

Appearing in "Red in Tooth and Claw"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • William Samson Senior
  • Dr. Alphonse Moreau


Other Characters:

  • H-9 (Rupert Bear)
  • H-11 (Algy Pug)
  • H-14 (Tiger Tim)
  • Broad Arrow Jack



  • Red Weed


Synopsis for "Red in Tooth and Claw"

In England, the Martians have stopped up the river with an overgrowth of red vegetation, effectively rendering the Nautilus useless until the vegetation can be cleared. Edward Hyde tells Captain Nemo that he is not waiting around all day and is going to the museum. He invites Nemo to join him there this evening for dinner.

Meanwhile, Wilhelmina Murray and Alan Quatermain are searching the woods for their scientist. Mina is giving Quatermain the silent treatment because he reacted badly to her neck scars last night when they were making love. Quatermain explains that he was not repulsed by the scars, they just brought back memories of his second wife, who was similarly scarred in a fire. The two begin to make love against a tree, when two legged animals powered with the gift of speech, detain them.

Back in England, the coachman William Samson drops Hyde off at the museum. Inside the museum, Hyde sits down and waits for Hawley Griffin to show. When he does, Hyde reveals that he can see Griffin with heat-sensing infrared vision. He then breaks one of Griffin's legs and begins torturing him.

Back in the forest, the animal-men have led Mina and Quatermain to the sanctuary of Dr. Alphonse Moreau. Dr. Moreau shows the two some of his experiments and Mina and Quatermain tell the doctor of the alien invasion and about MI5 look for H-142, as Moreau reacted with some concern on the latter. The doctor suggests they discuss things over dinner.

At the museum, Hyde leaves his torturing of Griffin, to join Nemo and the coach driver for dinner. In the midst of dinner conversation, blood appears on Hyde's shirt. When Nemo calls it to the beast's attention, Hyde tells his dinner companions the blood is from Griffin and if it is appearing now, it must mean that Griffin has expired. Nemo rushes to the next room to find Griffin's body. Horrified and disgusted, Nemo attempts to kill Hyde, but is held back by the coachman Samson, who urges him not to, as Hyde's incredible strength may be useful against the Martians. At this same time, the Martian tripods are beginning another attack on England.


  • The background to Nemo's comment that Hyde "can't walk through London, even if it's half-evacuated" is the state of London in The War of the Worlds. After the Martians display their technological superiority over humanity, most of the south of England (including London) is evacuated, so that in the latter stages of the novel the narrator meets only one or two humans as he wanders across London and its outskirts.
  • Allan's comments are a reference to his second wife, Stella Carson. Allan's first wife was Marie Marais, and in Marie Allan says of her “She was my first wife, but I beg you not to speak of her to me or to anyone else, for I cannot bear to hear her name.” Marie died saving Allan's life. Later, in the events of Allan's Wife, Allan meets his childhood friend Stella Carson, falls in love and marries her. Stella died giving birth to Allan's son Harry.
  • Dr. Alphonse Moreau is from H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau. Moreau's first name is never reference in the book, and his given name "Alphonse" is Alan Moore's creative license.
  • The animal men created by Dr. Moreau are mutated versions of Rupert the Bear, Algy Pug, Tiger Tim, the animals from Beatrix Potter's stories, Puss-in-Boots, Peter Rabbit (skinless); Joey the Parrot (being eaten by Peter Rabbit), Georgie Giraffe, and Jacko Monkey, who are friends of Tiger Tim; Mr. Toad, Mr. Mole and Ratty from The Winds in the Willows.
  • The reason that Rupert is upset with Tim for going on four and licking the water is that in The Island of Dr. Moreau, Moreau forces rules upon his Beast Folk which forbade them from going back into their animal instincts.
  • Griffin's death and development is similar to in The Invisible Man.


  • Mina's comment "As if I were some...native girl" is a reference to a common stereotype among upper class British during the 19th century. Native women, particularly Indian women, were seen as being sexually uninhibited, as opposed to proper upper class English women. This stereotype arose not because of the actions of Indian and African women so much as English men indulging themselves while abroad. One of the "benefits" for English men travelling abroad was the opportunity to indulge in sexual adventures that were not possible in England at the time. Rather than blame English men for this, however, English women shifted the blame on to the foreign women.
  • The drunken characters that Hyde passes by are British comic character Ally Sloper, Weary Willy (who is urinating in Tired Tim's hat), and Captain Kettle (created by C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne). The formers previously appeared in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #6.

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Recommended Reading

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 1

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