In a league of his own: The extraordinary gentleman that is writer Alan Moore
An admirer of Alan Moore has called him “the Orson Welles of comics” and the undisputed high priest of his craft. That’s not the only extravagant praise this remarkable English author has inspired. When Moore writes storylines for comic books he does it in a way that excites a passionate international fan club. People write books about him, blog about him, imitate him and idolize him.
Moore’s stories often deal with normal comic fare, such as superheroes and global conspiracies, but he brings to these familiar themes an abrasive anger and a densely complicated morality. The series called Watchmen, for instance, seems to be partly about a vigilante named Rorschach (he wears an ink blot mask) who fights evil with an ethical sense that’s not entirely clear. Mark D. White, the New York professor who edited a recent academic book, Watchmen and Philosophy, views Moore’s writing as “an embarrassment of riches to the comics-obsessed philosopher.”