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Old 11-26-2013, 09:49 PM   #1
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Watchmen writer Alan Moore disses The Avengers and modern superhero comics/movies

Alan Moore has been talking about the state of superhero comics and films in the 21st century, stating that he no longer likes the genre, and saying that he finds audiences going to see The Avengers in their droves “alarming.”

"I haven't read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen,” the writer told The Guardian while promoting his latest work, Fashion Beast. “I hate superheroes. I think they're abominations. They don't mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine-to-13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently.
“These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it's nothing to do with them. It's an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it; they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal.
“This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience. I don't think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it's a rather alarming sign if we've got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s."

Source: http://m.ign.com/articles/2013/11/25...ngers-alarming

Written by Chris Tilly of IGN UK


Just curious what you guys think.
The man is a good writer in his industry although he always struck me as overly cynical of everything and that he takes himself (and possibly comics) a bit too seriously.
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:09 PM   #2
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I think I agree that the target audience isn't what it's supposed to be anymore. Isn't the whole reason Batman doesn't kill so kids will look up to someone who isn't a murderer?
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:17 PM   #3
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So in other words he's saying that he's disgusted by the 30+ men and women that still like comic book characters and that they should grow up?

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Old 11-26-2013, 10:22 PM   #4
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I think I agree that the target audience isn't what it's supposed to be anymore. Isn't the whole reason Batman doesn't kill so kids will look up to someone who isn't a murderer?
In the original comics he killed villains all the time. Most of the morally black and white good superheroes try not to kill though it isn't just Batman.

He said he hasn't even read any superhero comics since he finished writing Watchmen so it seems like an unfair statement for him to make.
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In the original comics he killed villains all the time. Most of the morally black and white good superheroes try not to kill though it isn't just Batman.

He said he hasn't even read any superhero comics since he finished writing Watchmen so it seems like an unfair statement for him to make.
Well, shows what I know.
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Old 11-27-2013, 03:45 PM   #6
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You could say the same thing of videogames - in the early 90's there were less adult oriented games than there are currently. The reason for this, though, is simply that the audience has grown up, and I think the same thing happened with comics.
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You could say the same thing of videogames - in the early 90's there were less adult oriented games than there are currently. The reason for this, though, is simply that the audience has grown up, and I think the same thing happened with comics.
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But seriously, though, this is kinda like the pot calling the kettle black. Moore's written some mature comic books before - hell, Batman's Killing Joke was his baby and it covers some pretty controversial stuff that affects the Batman lore.
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