Re: Is Alan Moore the greatest comics writer ever?
on 01-15-2006 10:43 AM
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Still, none of the above writers have managed to master the one issue masterpiece, Denny O'Neil owns that category. [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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I dunno man...claremont is pretty important.. no one compares when it comes to serialized writing (as in loooong runs, 100s of issues). sure, his novels weren't so hot ... though, the one he cowrote with lucas... I entirely blame lucas for that..especially after seeing lucas' marvelous writing abilites come out in the new SWs.
And YES! Denny o niel rocks...I forgot he was still around! But Moore did do a few awesome single issue stories.. he wrote one issue of spawn, number 8, that changed the entire attitude of the series, and is one of the best standalone comics ever. The series on a whole sucks, but moore's work rocked. that single issue is in my top ten comics of all time list. Too bad all his other image franchise stuff was terrible though. [img]/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
I read once that the thing that makes moore so key is that he is the granddaddy of modern comic writing... all of it stemming back to his work on swamp thing. That was what spawned Vertigo and the entire 'dark' comic style (though swamp thing itself kind felt like a throwback to the Creepy and Eerie comics of the 60s). Miracleman was a pretty important comic as well, though it's harder to find.
If it weren't for him, I don't think miller, gaimen, morrison any of those darker guys would have a place in comics.
david lapham (stray bullets) is another good one who hasnt been mentioned... And almost everything Valiant put out during it's first year is worth reading, and almost all of it drawn by good old BWS