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DC Universe by Alan Moore Paperback – April 9, 2013
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Alan Moore is perhaps the most acclaimed writer in the graphic story medium, having garnered countless awards for works such as WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA, SWAMP THING and MIRACLEMAN. He is also the mastermind behind the America's Best Comics line, through which he has created (along with many talented illustrators) THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, PROMETHEA, TOM STRONG, TOMORROW STORIES and TOP TEN. As one of the medium's most important innovators since the early 1980s, Moore has influenced an entire generation of comics creators, and his work continues to inspire an ever-growing audience.
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While there were a few merely average stories contained here, there are plenty of good ones as well. Some special mentions include:
'For the Man who has Everything', Moore's famous Superman story adapted for JLU.
'Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow", his two-part farewell to the Silver Age Superman.
'Vigiliante' A two part story about a lesser known hero, who is a more down-to-earth Batman.
'Footsteps', A possible Phantom Stranger Origin Story.
'In Blackest Night', a very funny Green Lantern Story.
'Mortal Clay' A fabulous Batman story that perfectly blends horror, romance, and humor.
'The Big Chill' One of his works for WildCats that does the best job standing on it's own. Features a group of immortals present at the heat death of the universe.
I can still recommend this volume to people, so long as you know what you'll be getting.
FULL LIST OF COMICS INCLUDED:
This is the full list of comics ACTUALLY included in this volume (in the order they are printed). Many of these are short stories that were published as complements of the main stories in the original comic-books (for example the Green Lantern and Omega Men ones). For each of these I'll provide the page-count detail.
- Superman Annual #11 (1985): "For The Man Who Has Everything", with Dave Gibbons.
- Detective Comics #549 (1985): "Night Olympics - part 1", with Klaus Janson. 7 pages Green Arrow short story, cover not included.
- Detective Comics #550 (1985): "Night Olympics - part 2", with Klaus Janson. 7 pages Green Arrow short story, cover not included.
- Green Lantern #188 (1985): "Mogo Doesn't Socialize", with Dave Gibbons. 6 pages short story, cover not included.
- Vigilante #17 (1985): "Father's Day - part 1", with Jim Baikie.
- Vigilante #18 (1985): "Father's Day - part 2", with Jim Baikie.
- Omega Men #26 (1985): "Brief Lives", with Kevin O'Neill. 4 pages short story, cover not included.
- Omega Men #27 (1985): "A Man's World", with Paris Cullins. 4 pages short story, cover not included.
- DC Comics Presents #85 (1985): "The Jungle Line - featuring Superman & Swamp Thing", with Rick Veitch.
- Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 (1986): "Tygers", with Kevin O'Neill. 12 pages short story, cover not included.
- Secret Origins #10 (1987): "Footsteps - feating Phantom Stranger", with Joe Orlando. 10 pages short story.
- Green Lantern Corps Annual #3 (1987): "In Blackest Night", with Bill Willingham. 6 pages short story, cover not included.
- Batman Annual #11 (1987): "Mortal Clay", with George Freeman.
- Superman #423 (1986): "Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow? - part 1", with Curt Swan.
- Action Comics #583 (1986): "Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow? - part 2", with Curt Swan.
- Wildstorm Spotlight #1 (1997): "The Big Chill - featuring Majestic", with Carlos D'Anda.
- Voodoo #1 (1997): "Legba", with Michael López.
- Voodoo #2 (1997): "Erzulie", with Al Río & Michael López.
- Voodoo #3 (1998): "Samedi", with Al Río.
- Voodoo #4 (1998): "Damballa", with Al Río.
- Deathblow: Byblows #1 (1999): "Byblows - part 1", with Jim Baikie.
- Deathblow: Byblows #2 (1999): "Byblows - part 2", with Jim Baikie.
- Deathblow: Byblows #3 (2000): "Byblows - part 3", with Jim Baikie.
- WildC.A.T.S #50 (1998): "Reincarnation", with Travis Charest. 8 pages short story, cover not included.
ABOUT THE EDITION:
- This is a glued binding hardcover book. It's a very solid binding but it has gutter loss issues, which is a shame.
- The paper stock is glossy and heavy weight, great quiality.
- The printing is high quality, with very crisp reproduction of both ink line and color.
- The trim size of the volume is "standard comic book size", this is not an oversized edition.
The Killing Joke would have been the most brilliant jewel of this crown, but it's shamefully missing and that really hurts the book. It's a bitter omission that brings down to a mediocre 3-star rating what should have been a 5-star review.
I'm not a huge Batman fan anyways, so that's really of little consequence. It's got some of the best Superman stories (For the Man Who Has Everything / Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?) along with decent GL annuals and a fun single.
This is a must buy if you're looking to get some tales with emotion and characterization as much as action and adventure.
because i saw this i did not bother reading the reviews. shame on me. this does not come with the one reason i got the book. the killing joke is not in it as advertised which is a huge problem for me. i almost want to return it. i was waiting to get it with almost all of moore's other pieces so when i saw it was included i went for it. dont make the same mistake. i love amazon, but im not happy