Alan Moore – a writer who changed peoples perceptions of what comics are and can be. The legendary creator of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman: Killing Joke, and many more, retires.
In a career spanning more than four decades, few comic book fans won’t have heard of Alan Moore. The British writer helped to guide a genre away from superficial heroic comic strips and establish it as a respected literary art-form.
With an extensive body of work under his belt, the sixty five year old writer will now retire from comics. His final book will be the, very overdue, concluding instalment of ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’.
Even those unfamiliar with the world of comics will have encountered Moore’s work in one form or another. The writer has provided the source material for more than a few film and television adaptations. Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing and From Hell to name only the most notable.
Alan Moore’s influential body of work.
[Batman: The Killing Joke / Watchmen / V for Vendetta/ Swamp Thing]
Moore has a unique talent for breaking down every detail in his comic book scripts. Not content with penning the story, the writer would provide extensive notes to whichever artist he was working with, describing every minutia of every frame. His scripts could famously run for hundreds of pages, crammed with detail.
Providing a dark twist to his characters, Moore has always been able to explore, even established, characters so as to dissect their motives and ask hard questions of them. Batman: The Killing Joke, a one shot published by DC Comics in 1988, is widely recognised as the seminal origin story of The Joker. It’s a twisted tale of loss and isolation driven by insanity.
One couldn’t possibly begrudge a writer of so many great works the chance to relax in his latter years. But the day Alan Moore finally lays his pen to rest is a day the comic world should reflect on a significant creative loss.