A graphic novel review written by Lee Sonogan
Green Arrow: “That’s my whole point… it’s like Darwinism or something… we’re gradually weeding out all the just-plain-average goons, gradually improving the strain…”
For some of the earlier work by infamous comic book Alan Moore, this compiled assortment of various character stories just fit with what the best of DC Comics is all about. Tight plottings and a focus on the narrative, with each story becoming more diverse and will appeal to different people’s tastes for Superhero tales. Then there is some artwork that is spectacular as the style changes when you finish at least half a dozen to start another.
Moore’s work has defined the public’s expectations of the medium – The Los Angelos Times
Alan Moore may be one of the most impressive writers to ever write Superman and The Green Lantern. I remember fondly a story in this with Superman meeting Swamp Thing for the first time. And the complexity Green Lantern has in its comics is done in this writer’s vision. While I liked over half of the stories, there were a few dull ones in my opinion also maybe there was one or two that I can’t remember being of a quality that I have missed.
Collection of Moore contributions to DC Comics with the following comics of this graphic novel:
- For The Man Who Has Everything (Recommended)
- Night Olympics Part 1 (Recommended)
- Night Olympics Part 2 (Recommended)
- Father’s Day (Recommended)
- Father’s Day Part II (Recommended)
- Brief Lives(Recommended)
- A Man’s World
- The Jungle Line (Recommended)
- Tygers (Recommended)
- In Blackest Night (Recommended)
- Mortal Clay (Recommended)
- Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow? (Recommended)
- The Big Chill
- Byblows Part One (Recommended)
- Byblows Part Two (Recommended)
- Byblows Part Three (Recommended)
Phantom Stranger: “Blunting the sharp pebbles of memory with ten thousand years of footsteps, I walk.”
Dark and gritty to the core, while some may be disturbing, you can not deny how intriguing they get. The science-fiction elements are somewhat realistic, while the moral decisions are artistically subjective in a good way. Getting weird at points, you can point out some methods authorized by Moore that influenced his later would well-known work in Watchmen and/or V for Vendetta.
Overall, even though this is back when it was released as a cash-grab by DC spawning more collection books, it has the potential to be valuable one day soon. Being one of the last graphic novels on my shelf to review, I either need to buy more or am more likely to borrow from a friend who has some recommendations for me.