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Funnybook Heart of Darkness: If You Could Only Have Ten Comics, What Would They Be?

December 19, 2017 // 3 Comments

So I know I promised the second part of our look at Alan Moore’s Twilight of the Superheroes this week, but well… There’ve been some technical difficulties. I had that column almost entirely written, but it was lost in a hard drive malfunction, and I don’t have time to recreate it tonight. So instead, I thought I’d plug in a question a friend asked last week on social media that completely distracted me for two or three days: If you could only have ten single [...]

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

December 12, 2017 // 4 Comments

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 to insert adult themes into super hero stories, and still of the belief that he could work with DC to [...]

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 this week I should maybe take some time to discuss something that I think responds to Watchmen well. [...]

Geoff Johns and the Ashcan of DOOM!

October 10, 2017 // 6 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 Comics snookered Alan Moore on the Watchmen rights, sticking to the letter of their agreement while [...]

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 likely going to get a bit SPOILERY, just so you know. So if you’re uninitiated… if you [...]

The Multitudinous Mister Black: My Poor Reading of Providence (Hopefully) Redeemed

March 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

  So Alan Moore’s Providence… …has been kind of a vexing title for me. My reading of it has been a comedy of errors, from my underestimation of it in its earlier issues, to my many wrong ideas about where the story might be going, to (perhaps most embarrassingly) my mistaken belief that it was ending with issue ten. Well, now it really is ending, with the TWELFTH issue, which is due out this week. (EDIT: And the parade of mistakes continues! It looks like issue 12 got [...]

Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: The View at One Percent

September 13, 2016 // 3 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 considered a genuine epic. Heavy enough to be considered for use as a doorstop. It took Moore ten years to [...]

A Very Lovecraft Apocalypse: Alan Moore (Doesn’t) Bring Providence to a Close

August 16, 2016 // 2 Comments

So I was going to devote this week’s column to whittling down this giant stack of unreviewed funnybooks I’ve got sitting on my desk, a full month’s worth of comics I just haven’t gotten around to talking about. But then Alan Moore released a new issue of his meditation on HP Lovecraft, and well… That’s worth a whole column on its own… Providence 10 by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows Before we begin… I have a confession to make: I read this issue, and [...]

“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 talk about two of my very favorite subjects: Alan Moore and Batman! So here’s what I’m [...]

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 bunch of money, but it also delivers on a great set-piece, a spiffy done-in-one that starts off tense [...]