Biff here and now that the holidays are over and everyone is reeling from all the joy and the presents that were spread around now we have to accept the fact that the winter season has only just begun. We had such a great time recommending things during the 12 Days Of Geeks-Mas we decided to give you a little more.
If you don’t know, all my comic allegiance goes to Marvel…it always has. It’s what I started with and what I picked back up on (except for a brief in between period where Image Comics ruled my life). The Marvel universe just feels comfortable to me. Even for the 15+ years I wasn’t reading comics, things may have changed but it was easy to dive back into. I know the characters, I know the history, I’ve formed bonds with them. To me it always seemed that since a lot of DC’s flagship characters were created in the 1940’s and 50’s they always seemed a little more dated and dull compared to the bulk of the Marvel characters that were created in the 60s.
I’ve read exactly three DC books, Watchmen, Batman: Year One and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, all of which I enjoyed. I’ve never read any Superman but I do have a copy of Allstar Superman and Superman: Red Son at home waiting for me. When I heard the premise of Red Son I was intrigued enough that I had to pick it up.
That’s it, that’s the entire extent of my DC reading. Obviously, I know about other prominent characters in the universe but nothing in great detail. So we figured we would let our in house DC experts Big Evil, Martian Luthor Kang and Arthur Harkness recommend some series and trade paperbacks for me.
Remember, remember the Fifth of November! We take our holidays pretty seriously at the evil lair. I was decorating for our Guy Fawkes Day party, and as I was hanging the effigy from a gargoyle the idea hit me: Today’s Novembeard inductee should go along with the theme! And while Guy Fawkes himself was definitely be-whiskered, he was not exactly a pop culture figure. The masks in his image? “V”, the mysterious Guy Fawkes-themed protagonist from “V for Vendetta” was definitely a closer match. But then I says to myself, I says “Kang! You’re being a dunderhead… what better beard is there in all of Glycon’s creation than that of Alan Moore, the writer of the aforementioned graphic novel!” !
Alan Moore is pretty much universally recognized as one of the finest writers in the comic book medium. His credits include a seminal run on Swamp Thing, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell, and He’s also kind of universally thought of as a big ol’ jerk. But I respect his stance, actually… It would be a far classier move to leave this stuff alone and have new ideas than it is to try and squeeze every last dime out of the old ideas, cheapening them in the process. The problem is that it’s their decision to make, and not his. So, we’ll continue to see things like the Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill one-shot and Marvel’s continued attempts to get actual Miracleman comics back into print. Also, if you ask me, DC really seems to be building up to Twilight of the Superheroes, Alan Moore’s fantastic crossover event that never made it past the proposal
The thing, I could write a whole article in defense of Alan Moore. And I could title that thesis “In Defense of Alan Moore“. And I could probably get published. But that’s not why I’m here today. Today is a celebration of the beard on his face, not the content of his character. I am not at all convinced that there is a finer beard in the world than Alan Moore’s. He’s had this beard my entire life, and while the shape and volume have not changed, it has become wonderfully grizzled. This adds to much character to the face of a man who is already widely believed to be a wizard.
Alan Moore, we salute you!
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