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Sunday, 8 June 2014
"WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW?" (IS HE NOW MERELY YESTERDAY'S MAN?)
ALAN MOORE is the saviour of the modern comicbook according to the opinion of some. Total tosh of course! He's written some good stories and quite a few more underwhelming ones. Anyone who regards The Invisible Man being sodomised by Mr. Hyde as 'good writing' needs to widen their reading tastes. It's just the sick product of a seemingly emotionally-stunted mind, as is his "exercise in pornography" (his own description), the much and deservedly maligned graphic (in more ways than one) novel, LOST GIRLS.
Aside from a few SWAMP THING mags and "WHATEVER HAPPENED To The MAN Of TOMORROW?" (and one or two other tales), I've never been overly impressed by Mr. Moore's outpourings. He's been wise in his choice of which giants' shoulders to stand on, but if he set the pattern (as he claims) for how comicbooks are written these days, it's a pattern for how not to do them in my opinion. Tedious talking heads, grim and gritty storytelling, dark and disturbed plotlines. I remember when comics were fun, and I reckon they'd sell more if today's current crop of writers would bear that in mind.
However, give the man his due. SUPERMAN #423 and ACTION COMICS #583 are extremely gripping, entertaining and poignant in all the right places, and remain true to the spirit of the Silver Age - a fitting farewell to the character that those of us of a certain age grew up with, before JOHN BYRNE took the helm of the world's greatest superhero for a (then) new era. (Which itself is now history.)
I've said before that when Alan Moore wrote within the parameters of the now-abandoned Comics Code, he was capable of turning out an entertaining yarn or two; given free rein however, and I find I've little or no interest in the result. So, enjoy these images of when Mr. Moore did things right - if only he could've continued in the same vein, both he and many a comic reader would probably be the happier for it. (I know I would've been.)
Posted by Kid at Sunday, June 08, 2014