Published On: Mon, Jun 16th, 2003

‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ coming, Alan Moore legacy

The_league_of_Extraordinary_Gentlemen_movieJust around the corner is “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (a.k.a. LGX, it has become very important to use an “X” wherever possible) hitting theaters on July 11. The protagonists are classic literary figures such as: the Invisible Man, Mr. Hyde, and Captain Nemo. Sure, it’s another comic book send-up, but it’s an Alan Moore comic book. Moore is one of the best comic book writers of all-time. What? I’m nuts?

You need to read: Watchmen, From Hell, his run on the Swamp Thing, and more recently, Tom Strong, Tomorrow Stories and Promethea.

Now, if you haven’t been privy his work, let me point out the most enduring part of Moore’s work: he has never sold out, conforming to some sub-par monthly title. His Swamp Thing took a mundane muck monster into an innovative creature with powers over all flora (not to mention the creation of John Constantine of Hellblazer fame.) The Watchmen is an intense apocalyptic tale and has become one of the most critically acclaimed and influential comic series in history. It is truly extraordinary, so read it again – you find something new. From Hell is an investigation into the crimes of Jack the Ripper, based on the theories of Stephen Knight, and was made into a feature film by the Hughes Brothers.

Sure he’s dabbled in some mainstream titles (Batman, Superman, Spawn and even Star Wars), but Moore has always avoided conformity. Mad Love was Moore’s publishing company that began with a gay rights benefit book called Aargh! – it’s a protest to a British law reform discriminating against homosexuals.

Early Image creators were pushing the envelope of acceptable violence (remember Shadowhawk pummeling bad guys) Moore’s 1963 was a throwback to classic 60’s superheroes.

LGX may be a hit, it may not, but one thing is for sure – this won’t be the last Moore work adapted to the big screen — David Hayter (X-Men movies) is the screenwriter/director for the “Watchmen” movie. Moore has been talking retiring from comics, so imagine a world without this British recluse delivering such amazing stories.

More on Alan Moore and his popular works HERE

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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