Now Reading: More Alan Moore stuff

My personal Alan Moore marathon continues with V For Vendetta, my other favorite Moore classic. While not as intricately designed as Watchmen, it still tells an impressively complex tale of a fictional “future” (you know, the futuristic late 90’s) where Britain has become an Orwellian fascist nightmare and one person’s bizarre, but effective plan to start a revolution. It’s certainly a much better story than the clumsy, watered down film version, but let’s not start making those comparisons or we’ll be here all day. I would simply say this is another “must-read” comic for just about anyone.

Another one that’s a bit like the earlier days of League of Extraordinary GentlemenTop 10 is about a city where everyone has superpowers, with the focus being on the superhuman police force that has to deal with all the crazy situations that arise from a bunch of people with powers all living together. None of it is particularly complicated, but it’s all extremely well-paced and written, with a great cast of characters. It’s a shame that it was such a short-lived series, as it set up such a huge, interesting world with so many possibilities.

As usual, the original From Hell is quite a bit different than the movie version. I actually kinda like the movie, but it’s definitely a very different version of the story. The comic spends most of the time focusing on the killer and his strange motives. There is a cop who finds the killer, but he’s not at all like the Johnny Depp character and there’s no more tragic romance subplot. The original story strongly suggests that the killer has some kind of strange visions of the future and that his magic-related reasons for the killings may not have been all in his head. It’s also got some very graphic sex and violence scenes, so watch out!

Promethea is an odd one. It starts out as a familiar enough tale of superheroism, but suddenly veers into some incredibly in-depth and complex material about the interconnected nature of existence and just about everything contained in it. The pacing could maybe be a bit better, as a good 40% or so of the plot, right in the middle/end, just turns into essentially an incredibly long lecture about magic/physics/reality/the mind/etc. It’s intresting stuff, but it kind of jumps off the rails of the actual plot of the book and becomes so dense and dry at points that it feels kind of like you’re suddenly reading a textbook or manual. You just have to keep in mind that Moore‘s beliefs on the presence of magic in the history of the world are a bit…literal, so to speak. Other than that, a fun and fascinating read.

That’s enough Alan Moore for now. Time to move on to other worlds…

4 thoughts on “Now Reading: More Alan Moore stuff

  1. Enjoyed reading about Alan Moore…I’m not a big comic teaser, but I used to have the V For Vendetta compilation and I really enjoyed it (though I did like the film too). I enjoy his bleak takes on the future

    I remember reading some of his shelved plans for Captain Marvel (I think that’s right…of ‘Shazam!’ fame? Sorry, I’m a comic novice…) and that was pretty dark and sordid. I’ve never forgotten them though….

      1. Ah, hadn’t heard of that one. Will have to read up on it.

        The one I was thinking of was a failed Moore pitch called ‘Twilight of the Superheroes’. Don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but I got reading about Alan Moore one night and ended up finding a site with all leaked notes/details on. The plot is on the below link.

        https://web.archive.org/web/19970411102407/http://www.hoboes.com:80/html/Comics/Twilight/twilite6.html

        I liked the idea – I like my superheroes to be flawed and I liked Moore’s idea that there should be a definitive end.

  2. From Hell has been on my TBR list for sooo long. I really should get around to reading it one of these days. It was interesting reading your comparisons between the comic and movie versions. I also liked the movie version. 🙂

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