Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Walking the Beam of Light

While we're on the subject of Alan Moore........

I thought a little more information could possibly be helpful or insightful or interesting or, well, you get the idea. Anyway, after writing about Watchmen, yesterday, I realized that it would be easy to be familiar with Alan Moore's work even if you've never read anything he's written.

For example, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Constantine and From Hell were all written by Moore (graphic novels) before becoming films. In fact, the adaptations were treated so poorly, Moore had his name removed from each project and has basically sworn off film versions of any of his work that he owns the rights to, which is unfortunate for 'Extraordinary Gentlemen' fans since Moore has continued that series and the next book should be out later this year. Thankfully (maybe), Watchman had been sold long ago and has the potential to become the best complete adaptation of Moore's work. I say 'complete' because there is a rumor that another story of Moore's has been a big influence on Christopher Nolan (Director of Batman Begins) and he plans to incorporate certain aspects into his upcoming Batman sequel. The story that I'm referring to is the single-issue, Batman: The Killing Joke, first published in 1988. That story, along with Brian Bolland's art, created several shifts in the comics universe as well as providing us with some iconic images. The biggest shift created would have to have been the shooting and subsequent paralyzing of Barbara Gordon, which was a huge shock and, obviously, altered the character dramatically, effectively killing Batgirl. It is an intense read and tells a superb origin story for The Joker. If you're a Batfan or simply want to familiarize yourself with Alan Moore, I highly recommend this book.

By the way, the graphic representation of The Joker that acts as my sentry for this blog (upper right corner), and also alludes to a little of my inner workings, is the cover from The Killing Joke.

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