This week saw the release of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #6 and with it, Alan Moore’s 40 year long comic book writing career. He’s regarded as one of the best, if not the best, comic book writer in the English language.
Just a few of his legendary works include V For Vendetta (with artist David Lloyd), Watchmen (with artist Dave Gibbons), Swamp Thing (with various artists), From Hell (with artist Eddie Campbell), and Batman: The Killing Joke (with artist Brian Bolland) But with high-profile work comes Hollywood adaptations.
From Hell was adapted in 2001. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was adapted in 2003. V For Vendetta was adapted in 2005. Watchmen was adapted in 2009. Batman: The Killing Joke was adapted in 2018.
V For Vendetta has the highest rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 73%. Scores drop from there with Watchmen at 65%, From Hell at 57%, Batman: The Killing Joke at 48%, and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen is at a generous 17%.
Moore has been very vocal about adaptations of his work, especially when he has no control over it. (In his contract with DC Comics, the rights to Watchmen would revert to Moore and Gibbons when the book goes out of print. The book has never gone out of print.)
Moore once remarked that his comic work was unfilmable.
“If we only see comics in relation to movies then the best that they will ever be is films that do not move. I found it, in the mid 80s, preferable to concentrate on those things that only comics could achieve. The way in which a tremendous amount of information could be included visually in every panel, the juxtapositions between what a character was saying and what the image that the reader was looking at would be. So in a sense … most of my work from the 80s onwards was designed to be un-filmable.”
Moore has asked his name be removed from all comics he doesn’t own and doesn’t have his name associated with films based on his work, starting with 2005’s Constantine, based on a character he created in Swamp Thing.
Money isn’t the issue either, once estimating that he’s turned down “at least a few million dollars” by not being associated with the films.
“You can’t buy that kind of empowerment. To just know that as far as you are aware, you have not got a price; that there is not an amount of money large enough to make you compromise even a tiny bit of principle that, as it turned out, would make no practical difference anyway. I’d advise everyone to do it, otherwise you’re going to end up mastered by money and that’s not a thing you want ruling your life.”[
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #6 was released this week from Top Shelf Productions.
LOEG TEMPEST #6 ONEILL
(W) Alan Moore (A/CA) Kevin O’Neill
In Moore and O’Neill’s final comic book, this issue masquerading as a British science-fiction weekly, the plot-strands of our concluding volume and loose ends from twenty years of continuity are tied in an ingenious starry bow, as Mina Murray and her legendary confederates transition from the world of fiction past and present to the world of fiction future. Planets end in visual spectacle, lovers are united in the matrimonial event of the millenium, and deadly enemies draw close in the conclusion of their fatal dances. This is your last call for the immaculate crescendo of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. IV, The Tempest.In Shops: Jul 17, 2019