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Alan Moore is widely considered to be the greatest comic book writer of all time. With over thirty years dedicated to the medium, his body of work includes Watchmen (the best-selling graphic novel in history), From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Swamp Thing, Tom Strong, Promethea, V for Vendetta, and Lost Girls, just to name a few.He is the nine-time winner of the Eisner Award for Best Writer, and recipient of a Hugo Award. Avatar Press has published numerous Moore projects in recent years, including his seminal guide to graphic storytelling, WRITING FOR COMICS. His other Avatar projects include HYPOTHETICAL LIZARD, YUGGOTH CULTURES, and the highly anticipated Fall 2011 release, NEONOMICON.
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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Avatar Press (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592910629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592910625
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The summaries I've read for Alan Moore's LIGHT OF THY COUNTENANCE, and even the back cover of the book, make it sound as if the entirety of the story focuses on a character named Maureen Cooper. Well, that's certainly not the case. Many authors have tackled the question of what gods make up our modern pantheons. From Harlan Ellison to Neil Gaiman, it's a subject that seems to fascinate writers just as much as readers. LIGHT OF THY COUNTENANCE is one of the better examples I've read of this particular subgenre, in which we are treated to a monologue from the great god Television, and "Maureen Cooper" is only one facet of it.

Originally a prose piece written for an anthology, LIGHT OF THY COUNTENANCE has here been adapted as a 48-page comic by writer Antony Johnston and artist Felipe Massafera. Seeing the price, you may wonder why you should pay so much for a comic. Well, for one thing, it's dense - this is not a book you'll finish in 5 minutes, and if you do, you're certainly not focusing on what Moore is saying. We follow Television's own account of its birth, evolution, power, and place in our lives, culminating in a beautiful yet unsettling 2001-esque moment that leaves just as many questions as the conclusion of that classic film.

While this story was not originally intended for a comic format, Johnston does a solid job of adapting it to the medium. The same can be said of Massafera's beautiful painted art, which resembles the early work of Alex Ross. Those readers who follow Moore primarily for his superhero work may be in for a disappointment, but if you have marveled at From Hell,
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Poetry should always awake something in us. Reading a poem could cause many reactions, but indifference should never be one of them. Alan Moore's Light of thy Countenance is not a comic book per se. After all, comic books (just like films) are narrative. Visual and sequential narrative but narrative nonetheless.

Light of thy Countenance is more akin to poetry than anything else. Originally written as a text about television it was "a freestyle beat poem, a damning essay and historical treatise all in one, condemning both the bland, commercial and hypocritical disgrace that has usurped the medium's potential, and the sheep who accept such dross without criticism"; years later Anthony Johnston in collaboration with Moore turned that into a comic script; and artist Felipe Massafera accepted the challenge of putting all these crazy ideas and notions into images of incomparable beauty.

Television is something we all take for granted. We never seem to think about what it actually means. Do we trust blindly on mass media? News networks and public share the same opinions about everything? Could we survive without TV ads, without publicity? How many hours do we spend each day, month or year watching TV? As the narrator of this graphic novel announces, had it been a god, Television would have amassed more devotion than any deity one could think of.

Obviously this isn't a simple criticism on consumer's behavior. After all, we watch TV (even Alan Moore does) but with different criteria. Whereas television is mind-numbing entertainment for some, for others it's simply a fun and relaxing alternative to spend time. One thing should remain clear, though. Television deserves to be analyzed as a cultural manifestation.
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I hate television programming. I really dislike how TV has invaded our homes and worked against the family structure. Alan obviously has an eyes-wide-open view of how TV has been able to spin our worlds and mutiliate human experiences. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book when I bought it, but I find it really enjoyable. I do not care for the actual artwork as much as the story that is told.
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The Captain lays it on a bit thick, with his "modernistic" view (sour, high-browed--god, i want to put everything here in quotes); but it's a good idea for even today, when the TV has lost its mass focal power with the explosion of channels and programs, and the fragmentation of targets into multiple segments which (who, that is) have gone on to other gadgets: we are all still mesmerized by glowing screens. The postmodern celebration of kitsch and pastiche and reruns and pop etcetera is another, sunnier way of looking at things. At any rate, what's up with British Nihilism? Beer coasters "blazoned with the label crests of piss-insipid beers, a heraldry of vomit, washroom fights, and incapacitated sex"--I'm going to write my dissertation on why Punk could only emerge from the class-conscious, layered grime of Industrial Revolution era ironbrass Royal-Familied junkheap chimney sweepers Local No. so-and-so and so on, am I. It's like trying to follow John Constantine's existential crises in the old Hellblazer issues I've been reading--are the socio-economo-environmental bleaknesses sufficient root causes of all this Dark Angst? I wonder to myself . . . (see above re: quotes). All that said, ya gotta love the ideas and artwork in this beautiful Artwork. The planetary view of the TV globe is at least food-for-thought, and may be somewhat scary from a world history perspective. Maybe, farts and burps and underarm/pubal scratching and yawning--other ubiquitous habits--are just as dangerous as the disembodied electromagnetic cathedral of ether, maybe not. Iron weapons and honed blades certainly have caused more physical damage. Pens and swords, psyche and body, writing on walls of flesh, death and ta-DUM! feotuses!!
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