This final issue seems to be not as inspired as part two was. (1969 was a masterpiece for both Moore and O'Neil)
I agree. I found it to be not as lasting of an experience as the previous two Century books. 69 is the strongest out of them all, but then again that time is Moore's favorite playground in terms of themes, setting and so on.
Was I the only one that felt that this book seemed short, or even rushed?
I really like the parts in Hogwarts. That sequence is very well set and paced. The scenes with Allan are forgettable though, I think we needed to see another moment before the suicide attempt. Just one really great Moore moment of character depth that signifies his eternal struggle with addiction.
And the minor characters were another thing that came short in my opinion when you look at it in comparison to the previous issues. I know, there is the common interpretation around that it reflects Moore's view on the direness of creativity. And the moment with the Bonds reflects that very well, yet there is a certain obliviousness in this particular book. Our characters are so wrapped into their own problems and the possible ending of the world, that they don't see the...
That is nice, if it was intended in that way. Haddo says to Minna, that she will bring the apocalypse in that one short scene during the fight. We see the freemasons, the red-eyed*, orwellian police everywhere and J. Nemo's hand in those conflicts around the world, but our characters just don't notice those occurences in their blues. They don't pay them no mind. And with Emma "M" Peel out of her position, who governs the british intelligence now?
I would interpret this as Moore's comment on the fact, that history starts repeats itself and the bad guys take over in those moments when we just seem to give up, like the League did, and that this Antichrist business was just a way to reassure us and them, like Harry Potter reassures their readers, that the worst did come and everything is better now.
That would explain why Prospero only needed the League to find the Hantichrist. Why Excalibur was in a toy box.
The worst is yet to come.