19 July 2019

Alan Moore retires

More than any other author, Alan Moore transformed the comic book genre from something (generally perceived to be) for ‘kids’ and ‘teens’ to a medium capable of telling adult stories (often quite dark, disturbing, and thought-provoking).

Now, it seems, he is done.

I’ve only read a fraction of Moore’s work—I’m not exactly a ‘comics’ guy, though I do enjoy them occasionally, and read many of the ‘greats’ (Moore, Gaiman, Miller, etc.) during the 1980s and 1990s. But I’ve probably read more of Moore’s work than that of any other ‘graphic novel’ author.

And I vividly recall reading The Watchmen series when it was first released in 1987—I was in high-school at the time—and being completely blown away by it. The Watchmen remains, in my view, the greatest single superheroes story ever told.


  1. Do look into back issues or a trade paperback of America’s Best Comics.

  2. I have to concur with your assessment of The Watchmen. It is such an outstanding work. That and The Dark Knight Returns really changed my view of what could be done with the medium.

  3. Any fan of Moore should also seek out Top 10, one of the best modern deconstructions of super heroes I've ever encountered.


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