Graphic Novel Round-up: Beginnings and Endings
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier (Moore): The first two volumes of Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen are pure, unadulterated brilliance. Moore is simultaneously at his most clever and his most welcoming - creating two adventures that both comic book lovers and comic book newcomers could enjoy. His spectacular literary wiles made for rewarding stories, more than ably backed up by the terrific art and coloring.
Unfortunately, with The Black Dossier, Moore relinquished his hold on accessibility and succumbed to the peculiar arrogance that occassionally takes hold of great writers.
While the rest of the series challenged and rewarded the reader, this volume spirals into vanity, madness and despair. Moore relies on world-building instead of character development - a mistake that he warns against in his own essays on writing for comics. The error is compounded further - the majority of the book is so wildly experimental and devoid of plot as to completely alienate the reader.
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