Monday, July 22, 2024

A month of Moore #21: The necessary action.

- Swamp Thing #60. Art by John Totleben.

Massive space aliens getting it off with Swampy in a fusion of cosmic horniness, unfathomable technology and vast geography is just so fucking hot.

Sunday, July 21, 2024

A month of Moore #20: Machen somehow finds an exit.

- Snakes and Ladders. Adapted by Eddie Campbell.

Even in the worst moments of despair, and when crushing grief is rolling over you in waves, there is a way out of the wretched dark, if you can look up and see it.

Saturday, July 20, 2024

A month of Moore #19: We met ourselves coming back.

- Chronocops. Art by Dave Gibbons.

If time is a solid construct of interdimensional stuff, and all things are happening at once forever, then of course you constantly have to hide the potted plant to avoid confusion.

Friday, July 19, 2024

A month of Moore #18: So intricate, so insane?

- Promethea. Art by JH Williams III.

Throughout his comics career, Moore always had the good fortune to work with artists who were capable of drawing any madness we could shovel at them, and this may have reached its ultimate iteration with the remarkable work of JH Williams on Promethea, where he literally drew everything and anything.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

A month of Moore #17: This is where things start to get interesting!

- 1963 #6. Art by Rick Veitch.

Despite what Don Simpson thinks, nobody really was desperate to see how 1963 actually turned out. But there was still a pleasant shock of the new when fucking Shaft showed up on the last page. All that ironic retro bollocks was fun, and bringing in the new kids on the block to clash with those old vibes was actually fairly inspired.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

A month of Moore #16: A cup of eternity.

- Big Numbers #2. Art by Bill Sienkiewicz.

You can do anything with words and pictures, but only Alan and Bill could find unspeakable beauty in a teacup, with the endless wonder of the truly ordinary, right there on the kitchen table.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

A moment of Morrison #1: I'm ready to play with the grown-ups.

- The Invisibles #1. Art by Frank Quitely

Some people are very much into the idea that Moore and Morrison are engaged in a vast magickal war for the soul of pop culture, and I know Affable Al has gone on record saying that no reader of Gnarly Grant could truly be a fan of his, but I just think they're both neat.

Monday, July 15, 2024

A month of Moore #15: Thirty-five minutes ago...

- Watchmen. Art by Dave Gibbons.

It's utterly futile, and they're both doomed, but the way Bernard instinctively tries to shield the kid from  the bright light of death that envelops them both, it gives a tiny spark of hope in the face of an uncaring apocalypse.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

A month of Moore #14: Anybody could have done it.

- The Ballad of Halo Jones Book 2. Art by Ian Gibson

You don't have to find this kind of thing incredibly inspiring, but I bloody well do.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

A month of Moore #13: Kakahukkahuk!

- Brought to Light: Shadowplay - The Secret Team. Art by Bill Sienkiewicz.

America, fuck yeah!

Friday, July 12, 2024

A month of Moore #12: Now everyone is throwing shapes.

- Star Wars: Tiltotny Throws A Shape. Art By John Stokes

The other day, my four-year-old daughter was grooving to her favourite tunes, and said ' Look at the shapes I'm throwing!', and that's how I know we're really all living in a Moore comic.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

A month of Moore #11: Here's to a strong future!

- Tom Strong. Art by Chris Sprouse

Irony is so fucking over-rated, man.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

A month of Moore #10: I never saw her again.

- The Reversible Man. Art by Mike White.

Such a simple premise, given incredible depth through the tiniest change of perspective. Maybe my favourite Moore short story of them all.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

A month of Moore #9: I wish I could kiss you.

- V for Vendetta. Art by David Lloyd.

That's how you beat the bastards, that's how you never give in. You love all the people going through the same thing you are going through, and you never stop loving them. They can never take that away from you.

Monday, July 8, 2024

A month of Moore #8: But, like, I didn't write it down or anything.

- DR and Quinch Get Drafted. Art by Alan Davis.

Moore disowned the puerile humour and mega-violence of DR and Quinch 10 minutes after he finished writing them, but as a 9-year-old kid, I thought they were the funniest fucking comics in the whole world.

Sunday, July 7, 2024

A month of Moore #7: Let's talk about money.

- Miracleman #16. Art by that man John Totleben again.

Miracleman's fascist super utopia sure does look like fun, and while it might be nice to get some super-powers and float among the space babies, I'm more envious of the easy disregard for all the money in the world. 

Saturday, July 6, 2024

A month of Moore #6: 'E's just very difficult to buy for.

- The Bojeffries Saga: A Quiet Christmas With The Family. Art by Steve Parkhouse.

Vast and powerful entities from beyond the veil might be able to get comfortable in the garden shed, but they will not be placated by a gift voucher.

Friday, July 5, 2024

A month of Moore #5: Since yesterday.

- Swamp Thing Annual #2. Art by Steve Bissette and John Totleben.

This annual was my first taste of Moore's American comics, and Swamp Thing's quest from heaven to hell felt like a true revelation, but the casual horror of Arcane going through all that grossness, in just one day, really sunk its teeth into my head.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

A month of Moore #4: We are winning.

 - Top 10. Art by Gene Ha.

True Detective almost ruined it for everybody when it totally ripped off this part for the final moments of its first season, but the beautiful optimism of the thought still shines through.