Oh, Alan Moore. Is there anything you don’t hate? The talented writer, seemingly the crankiest old man alive today, is once again voicing his opinion on why he disapproves of something. And this time around, it’s the popularity of super heroes that he’s bashing. Read on for all the fun times.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Moore had these loving words to bestow upon the comic book world:
“I haven’t read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations. They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13; it’s nothing to do with them. It’s an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it; they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal. This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience. I don’t think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it’s a rather alarming sign if we’ve got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s.”
Yes, once again Moore proves that he is unwilling to be flexible or account for anyone’s tastes but his own. Of course, by his reasoning, doesn’t that mean he wrote Killing Joke for a primarily pre-teen audience? Does he now dislike the older folks that enjoy that book because they should have moved on to something else by now?
I love your work Moore, but you’ve really become a bit of a dick in the last few decades. Or maybe you were always like that – who knows?
For a full look at the interview (where Moore talks about much more than just the things he hates), head over to The Guardian.