DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (DC Comics) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/1/4
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Written by Alan Moore Art by Jim Aparo, Jim Baikie, Brian Bolland, Paris Cullins, George Freeman, Dave Gibbons, Klaus Janson, Kevin O'Neill, Joe Orlando, George Perez, Kurt Schaffenberger, Curt Swan, Rick Veitch, Al Williamson and Bill Willingham Cover by Brian Bolland Don't miss this exhaustive collection featuring the World's Greatest Super-Heroes as interpreted by one of the most acclaimed authors in comics! The work of Alan Moore (WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN) in the DCU during the 1980s is considered a benchmark for great stories with fresh approaches to iconic characters. Collected in this volume are all of Moore's Superman and Batman stories, including the long out-of-print "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" as well as, for the first time in trade paperback, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE (illustrated by Brian Bolland, who provides a new cover). This volume - which no comics fan should be without - collects stories from ACTION COMICS #584, BATMAN ANNUAL #11, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, DC COMICS PRESENTS #85, DETECTIVE COMICS #549-550, GREEN LANTERN #188, THE OMEGA MEN #26-27, SECRET ORIGINS #10, SUPERMAN #423, TALES OF THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS ANNUAL #2 & 3, SUPERMAN ANNUAL #11 and VIGILANTE #17-18. On sale January 2
"All the ABC comics by Alan Moore are phenomenal," - Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer)." --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
While the selling point is clearly the writer, the art here is, occasionally breath-taking. Much of it feels very standard, in the vein of Dave Gibbons, but a few stories do stick out. "The Killing Joke", "Night Olympics", and "Mortal Clay" would be stunning even without Moore's writing, whereas the other stories at least do justice to the author.
The version I received from Amazon is the 2006 edition, which includes "The Killing Joke" and "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?". These stories have been removed from subsequent editions, as DC decided they would sell on their own. Finding the 2006 edition in bricks and mortar stores is a crap shoot, and the price does not reflect the removal of these stories. I highly recommend the book, and purchasing from Amazon.
What sets Alan Moore apart is that when you begin to read one of his stories you know that something special is going to happen. One story features a flashback of Hal Jordan's predecessor Abin Sur performing a rescue mission on a hostile planet. Seems the Green Lantern Corp locked up its hyper-powerful residents to quarantine their maliciousness. The strange aliens fruitlessly try to tempt and trick the Emerald guardian until one offers an inestimable prize, no strings attached. He will answer ANY three questions for free. Having read Alan Moore enough I knew that this would not turn out well for Abin Sur and I wasn't let down. Mr. Moore's endings are almost invariably surprising and satisfying.
No other writer has ever had Alan Moore's consistency of quality. This is a terrific collection and it's a shame that Alan has vowed never to write for DC comics again but then again it always seemed like having Alan Moore as a staff writer was more than any mainstream comic could ask for. My favorite story of the batch is the two-part `Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow?". The artist, Curt Swan, had a consistent and recognizable style indelibly associated with the Man of Steel but his style also had a goofiness that contrasted perfectly with Alan Moore's dark story. It felt like a coming of age as Superman sheds his campy roots and moves into the 90's. Some stories are better than others but there isn't a clunker in the batch. This is definitely a collection that every comic book reader should own.
I am Swamp Thing fan and that is best one Moore wrote in my opinion. I am not such a superhero fan nowadays, but this is good book, with many short stories that are real good!