Alan Moore’s impact on the comic book world cannot be overstated. With outings like Watchmen or V for Vendetta, Moore is a synonymous name amongst comic book readers the likes of which very few other writers and creators can ever hope to achieve, after having given a new level of credibility and critical attention to the graphic novel format, specifically with his work in the 1980s.
Sooner or later, this day was going to come though, and it’s still the kind of sad news that’ll have you re-reading your Moore comics again this weekend probably.
Speaking with The Guardian about his upcoming book, Jerusalem, Moore announced that he is retiring from writing comics now, saying that he believes he’s “pretty much done.”
“I think I have done enough for comics. I’ve done all that I can. I think if I were to continue to work in comics, inevitably the ideas would suffer, inevitably you’d start to see me retread old ground and I think both you and I probably deserve something better than that.”
“So, the things that interest me at the moment are the things I don’t know if I can do, like films, where I haven’t got a clue what I am doing, or giant literary novels. Things I wasn’t sure I’d even have the stamina to finish … I know I am able to do anything anyone is capable of doing in the comic book medium. I don’t need to prove anything to myself or anyone else. Whereas these other fields are much more exciting to me. I will always revere comics as a medium. It is a wonderful medium.”
As for how Moore feels about the state of the comic book world now though, the writer revealed a desire to see new characters and artists emerge in today’s culture now, instead of continuing to just create new stories for characters that have been around for decades now.
“I am sure there is probably a very good reason for the hundreds of thousands of adults who are flocking to see the latest adventures of Batman, but I for one am a little in the dark for what that reason is. The superhero movies – characters that were invented by Jack Kirby in the 1960s or earlier – I have great love for those characters as they were to me when I was a 13-year-old boy. They were brilliantly designed and created characters. But they were for 50 years ago. I think this century needs, deserves, its own culture. It deserves artists that are actually going to attempt to say things that are relevant to the times we are actually living in. That’s a longwinded way of me saying I am really, really sick of Batman.”
Of course, in addition to all of his original properties and titles like the ones mentioned above, Moore worked very famously within the DC Comics world as well, creating iconic stories for characters like Batman, Superman, and Swamp Thing, in addition to creating the now beloved character of John Constantine.
Of course, Moore had a very well-publicized falling out with DC, and it seems like the writer and creator is focusing mostly on working in formats that he’s not as familiar with, like novels and film, so while we likely won’t see Moore’s name on any new comic books for much longer, we can at least (hopefully) look forward to more content from him in other formats moving forwards.
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