Legendary writer Alan Moore’s catalog can be daunting to new
comic readers. Thankfully, DC Comics has
made dipping into his oeuvre nearly irresistible thanks to a new $0.99 digital
single issue sale (Available 11/5/2013 through 11/11/2013).
What follows below is a guide to his featured series and where best to
start given often complex nature of his narratives.
For fans of The Wire: In Top 10, Alan Moore explores a metropolis populated solely with
superheroes and villains, and someone needs to police them. Enter the Top 10 precinct, a diverse,
strange, and rich group of cops who spend their days battling gods and monsters
and solving mysteries. These first seven
issues introduce the huge cast and lay the groundwork for some of Moore’s best
relationships. (See also our Omni
coverage of the series.)
For Horror fans: Seriously, tread lightly into Swamp Thing’s realm because Moore
gets downright terrifying here. These
early issues capture Moore’s first stories in what would soon become a
definitive canon as he reboots the character from the soil up. It’s a perfect place to start your
For pulp action fans: Tom Strong! I encourage everyone to give this series a
chance, as it portrays positive and diverse family dynamics, great stories that
tap into nostalgia, and very beautiful artwork by Chris Sprouse. These first Tom Strong issues have so much heart that—OK, I should stop before
I gush too much. If you love comics, you
should please read Tom Strong. (See also our Omni
spotlight on the series.)
For Tom Strong
fans: Ha, once you start Tom Strong
you’ll soon be a fan, and Terra Obscura is a spin-off that
follows a parallel earth with its own heroes (Tom Strange, for one) and villains.
Plus, the Terra Obscura
characters feature heavily into the new Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril
miniseries. Yanick Paquette is the
artist—before he hit the big time.
For the adventurous and weird: I’ve called Promethea the “crown jewel” in Alan
Moore’s catalog, and these issues will quickly illustrate why. Promethea
represents Moore at his most personal and mystical. He explores magic, storytelling, creativity
and all manner of the metaphysical—while still following a young woman who can
turn into a warrior. J.H. Williams III
was born to illustrate Moore, and their collaboration on Promethea is one for the ages.
(See also our Omni
For the politically minded: Alan Moore does not shy from any
topic, and it’s in V for Vendetta where he delves into
politics and revolution. This is a
disturbing, dense story full of fire.
Whether you agree with Moore’s extreme views or not, you will not forget
For anthology fans: They don’t make them like this
anymore! Alan Moore’s Tomorrow Stories showcases a variety
of writers and artists as they told funny, poignant, bizarre, and scary stories
set in Alan Moore’s comic universe.
These work best as bite-sized palate cleansers, when you need a break
from the heavier stuff.
It doesn’t get any easier to explore the works by one of the
greatest writers in comics—ever. Take a
chance and discover what makes Alan Moore such a revered figure in the
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