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Warrior #4 (Summer 1982)“The Yesterday Gambit” (A Miracleman Interlude)

We’ve introduced Miracleman and discussed its first, second, and third chapters. We now turn to the famous “The Yesterday Gambit,” from Warrior #4.

from Miracleman, Chapter 3, page 6 (Eclipse version)Miracleman, Chapter 3 Concludes

We’ve introduced Miracleman and discussed its first and second chapters, plus most of the third (part one, part two). We now conclude our look at this third chapter of Alan Moore and Garry Leach’s Miracleman… [more]

Before WatchmenWhen Adrian Veidt Owns Shakespeare: Why I’m Against Before Watchmen

DC Comics recently officially announced that it would be reviving the characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s revered graphic novel, Watchmen, for a slew of prequel spin-off comics. In my opinion, these prequels are… [more]

from Miracleman, chapter 3, page 2 (Eclipse version)Miracleman, Chapter 3: “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”

We’ve introduced Miracleman and discussed its first and second episodes, plus the first page of chapter three. We now continue our look at that third chapter of Alan Moore and Garry Leach’s Miracleman stories, which… [more]

from Miracleman, chapter 3, page 1 (Eclipse version)Sex and the Super-Hero in Miracleman, Chapter 3

Having briefly introduced Miracleman and discussed its first and second episodes, let’s turn to the third of Alan Moore and Garry Leach’s Miracleman stories, which appeared in the legendary British magazine Warrior.

Warrior #2 (Apr 1982)Miracleman, Chapter 2: “Legend”

Having briefly introduced Miracleman and discussed its first episode, let’s turn to the second of Alan Moore and Garry Leach’s earliest stories, which appeared in the legendary British magazine Warrior.

Miracleman #1Miracleman, Chapter 1: “A Dream of Flying”

Having briefly introduced Miracleman, let’s begin looking at Alan Moore and Garry Leach’s earliest stories, which appeared in the legendary British magazine Warrior.

Miracleman #16 side viewWhy Miracleman Matters

Everybody talks about Miracleman, but few have read it. Far more people know of Miracleman’s importance than understand why it occupies such a crucial role in the history of super-hero comics.

The Stars My DegradationParody in Alan Moore’s The Stars My Degradation

Alan Moore’s early professional work (such as Maxwell the Magic Cat, Roscoe Moscow, and The Stars My Degradation) was firmly rooted in comedy, which may seem at odds with the more later dramatic work he became… [more]

The Stars My DegradationAlan Moore’s The Stars My Degradation

The title of Moore’s second strip for Sounds Magazine, The Stars My Degradation, owes its inspiration to a famous science-fiction novel by Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination (1956). In the novel, Gully Foyle is… [more]

Superman Annual 11Moore, Gibbons, and Superman Annual #11: For the Story that Has Everything

Superman Annual #11 is a comic that stands as a classic for all the right reasons.

11-22-11 - Get OutPacing and Punch in Watchmen #2

Watchmen is commonly thought of as one of the greatest graphic novels of our time, but it’s actually a reprint collection. The work originally came out as 12 separate issues, although they were all planned… [more]

27061-4034-30027-1-v-for-vendetta_superV for Vendetta Provides a Face for the Frustrated

If you follow my twitter feed at all, you might notice lately that I have been retweeting several updates from various professional journalism and citizen journalism sources regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Comic Book Guy from The SimpsonsWhy Comics Have Failed to Achieve Real Respect

It might superficially seem as if comics have finally achieved respect. They’re covered by the mainstream press. They’re increasingly taught in colleges. Their adaptations account for a huge percentage of Hollywood blockbusters. Hey, even nerd… [more]

Dramatic storytelling or violent misogyny? You decide. Panel from Batman: The Killing Joke. Copyright DC Comics.Adding Insult to Injury

As a comic book character, Batgirl only really took flight once she became permanently grounded.  

reaction to jokeLight Can’t be Translated: Alan Moore and the Green Lanterns as Colonizing Force

Is there anything more intensive and fundamental to learning a language than vocabulary? Of course not. To learn how to use language without vocabulary is like learning to play hockey with out a puck, stick,… [more]

Superman Annual #11 (1985)Sex and “The Man who Has Everything”

Long before Alan Moore delved into literary pornography with Lost Girls, he was infusing his work with a broad understanding of human sexuality as natural. And this wasn’t limited to auteur projects like Lost Girls… [more]

Tales from the Black FreighterFrom the Deck of the Black Freighter

My wife outright refuses to read the Black Freighter portions of Watchmen. Every time I press her on the issue, she complains, “They’re boring! I don’t want to read about pirates!”

Roscow MoscowAlan Moore’s Roscoe Moscow

The edition of Sounds magazine dated 31 March 1979 saw the publication of Alan Moore’s first instalment of Roscoe Moscow in “Who Killed Rock n’ Roll?” Unlike Maxwell the Magic Cat, which is largely composed of self-contained joke strips, Roscoe… [more]

Maxwell the Magic CatAlan Moore’s Maxwell the Magic Cat

Maxwell the Magic Cat was both written and drawn by Moore, and this strip, along with those he drew and co-wrote with Steve Moore for Sounds magazine, would support Alan and his family financially, allowing… [more]

Natalie Portman in V for VendettaThe Two Faces of V

With a movie having just been made of V for Vendetta, it’s inevitable that comparisons are drawn between the original and the adaptation. What is surprising is that many seem to consider the movie equal… [more]

juddrainWhen Winick Attacks! (or, How I Gave a 16-Year-Old Prostitute HIV)

Hey, there, gorgeous! Welcome to the latest installment of Tact is for the Weak, the article that’s gonna cut you up the middle if you don’t stop interrupting me! Let’s face it, folks; controversy sells.… [more]

v forV for Vendetta… as One Londoner Sees It

I’m sure there will be a lot of talk on this site and across the web as Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta is brought to the big screen. But, I thought I’d give my perspective… [more]

judge-dredd_02The Evolution of a UK Comic Fan

Over here in the UK, comics aren’t as enmeshed in our psyche as our US counterparts’. For us, comics all began with The Beano and Dandy, with Dennis the Menace (not that one, ours was… [more]

Showcase #17 (Nov-Dec 1958)Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: A Brief History of Adam Strange

It’s hard to claim that Adam Strange has a particularly glorious history, but he remains one of the DC’s most beloved science fiction characters.