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What’s Past is Prologue: Alan Moore’s Twilight of the Superheroes, Part One

December 12, 2017 // 1 Comment

So I recently stumbled upon a file I’d downloaded years ago, and tucked away on my hard drive for posterity: Twilight of the Superheroes, a proposal for a 12-issue mini-series, by Alan Moore. The great DC Comics crossover that never was! Written in 1987, before the Watchmen deal went sour, this is the work of a younger and perhaps even slightly naive Moore, drunk with the newfound freedom [...]

Pax Americana: The Watchmen Sequel Done Right

October 18, 2017 // 2 Comments

So I’m feeling a tiny bit under the weather this week, and will have to keep this short. That’s okay, though. Because I have a clever plan… As you may or may not remember, last week’s column was a take-down of the Doomsday Clock ashcan, Geoff Johns’ completely-missing-the-point sequel/response to Watchmen. But as I said then, I hate to be a hater. So I thought that [...]

Geoff Johns and the Ashcan of DOOM!

October 10, 2017 // 4 Comments

So at this weekend’s New York Comic Con, DC Comics released an ashcan printing the first six pages of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock, the upcoming Watchmen sequel that promises to give us the spectacle of Superman vs Dr. Manhattan. My response to this, of course, can be best summed up by Mr. Charlton Heston. Sigh. I’ve gone into my feelings before about how DC [...]

Charming and Appalling Wonder: Alan Moore’s Providence Ends Deep in the Heart of Lovecraft Country

April 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

So I probably shouldn’t have been surprised that ST Joshi appears as a character in the final issue of Alan Moore’s Providence. And yet, I was. Which just goes to show: never underestimate the ability of the Wizard of Northampton to keep his audience on its toes. Oh, and yes. Providence ended last week. After a brief delay, issue 12 finally hit the stands, and… This is most [...]

Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: The View at One Percent

September 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

So it’s been a busy few days in the world of Alan Moore news. Over the weekend, he announced his retirement from comics (which he’s done before, so we’ll see how that goes), and today saw the release of his second prose novel, Jerusalem (which is what I’ll be talking about today). It’s a massive thing, Jerusalem, weighing in at 1266 pages. Long enough to be [...]

“I Didn’t Hate It,” and Other Observations on The Killing Joke

July 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

So I’ve got far too much to talk about this week. On the one hand, last week was a great week for funnybooks, with new issues of Lazarus, Casanova, and Prophet alongside a new book from Grant Morrison and the final issue of Brubaker & Epting’s Velvet. An embarrassment of riches. But I also saw the film adaptation of The Killing Joke on the big screen last night, and that lets me [...]

Comedy! Violence! Despair! Batman!

July 12, 2016 // 1 Comment

So normally I’d preface this with a pithy introductory paragraph. But this time, I think the title says it all… Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses 16 by David Lapham  Holy shit what a great comic! I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a Stray Bullets more in quite some time. It furthers the on-going story of Beth and Orson’s master plan to free Nina and run off with a whole [...]

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Providence

June 2, 2016 // 3 Comments

So last night I fell asleep reading the new issue of Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence. It’s never a good idea, reading that book before bed. When your brain is tired. Impressionable. About to launch off into several hours’ worth of subconscious meandering. Not because it’s scary, necessarily, but because, especially at this advanced point in the run, I’m [...]