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Alan Moore | 8 Comic Book Writers You Should Be Reading

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Part 7

Alan Moore is the second one of the three hired to revive DC’s old titles. Alan Moore was hired to revive the Swamp Thing, and revive the swamp thing he certainly did. With a run that many including some friends of mine have cited as their favourite work by Moore. Unfortunately, I have not actually read Saga of the Swamp Thing and as such I’m not going to talk anymore about it. I’m also not going to talk about Watchmen, From Hell or the equally acclaimed V for Vendetta as I don’t want to continuously right the same article. (That and my Watchmen analysis will be coming soon).

What I will do, however, is talk more about Alan Moore style as a writer. One of the key things with Alan Moore’s work is it is nearly always a criticism or deconstruction of something or someone. V for Vendetta was a jab at Thatcherism, Watchmen deconstructed common themes and tropes behind superhero comics and The Killing Joke did away with the notion that Batman was a straight up hero, and instead opted to explore whether he was actually just as insane as the Joker.

These sort of ideas are slightly more commonplace now, with writers deconstructing tropes and the medium has become far more post-modern on the whole, however Alan Moore was doing this far earlier than most. The tone of Moore’s work is usually pessimistic or nihilistic, with great suffering always seeming to loom over the heads of the characters.

The pessimism isn’t always a good thing however, as sometimes that combined with the often very political subject matter, Moore’s work can come across as preachy, and pessimism is not always the most realistic view of the world. That being said I still think Moore is one of the greatest writers who ever lived. His understanding of characters is so great that he’s even managed to make proper use of Superman, and used him to tell a deeply touching and shocking final instalment to the silver age Superman that paid respects to the characters long history.

His work is legitimately fantastic and he helped pave the way for a lot of other writers, and that is something that whether you like his work, him as a person or not, should be respected.

Recommended work:

Watchmen

V for Vendetta

From Hell

The League of Extraordinary Gentleman

Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

 

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Syphon Filter on PlayStation Plus Premium: Dark Mirror and Ape Academy 2 Have Awards

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Even though trophy support for older games on PS Plus Premium isn’t always great, you can always count on Sony’s first-party games to have it.If you like collecting these digital trinkets, you’re in luck, because today’s big PlayStation Plus update includes two classic games that can now be used to earn Trophies.

Each trophy list for Ape Academy 2 and Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror includes the platinum cherry on top. You can look at their respective listings here and here if you’re interested.

The list for Dark Mirror appears to be quite simple—you can basically earn them all by finishing the game. The trophies in Ape Academy 2 appear to be a little more complicated, requiring you to complete particular objectives in card battles and advance to specified rankings. Nonetheless, it doesn’t seem too difficult, so we’re looking at a couple of quite simple platinums.

Ridge Racer: Type 4 is this month’s other premium classic game; sadly, it does not offer trophies. But it makes up for it by being a complete banger.

However, will you be obtaining some of these trophies with a nostalgic flavor?

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Beautiful New Book Teaches About the Art of Horizon Forbidden West

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This year, Sony produced some truly outstanding work, releasing four high-profile games on the PS5 and PS4 (not to mention the numerous PC ports). The earliest of these, Horizon Forbidden West, arrived in February of 2022 and got the year off to a strong start. One of Aloy’s sophomore journey’s greatest strengths, among the many other things we like about it, is its excellent art direction. The Art of Horizon Forbidden West allows you to now delve deeply into the game’s visuals.

This coffee table book, which was published by Dark Horse Books, contains 200 pages of concept art and developer commentary. It provides an inside look at the process used to develop engaging characters and settings, and Forbidden West is certainly not lacking in either.

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There will be two editions of the book: standard and deluxe. Both are hardback books, with the deluxe edition having pages with metallic edges and a unique slipcase. These are now up for pre-order and will go on sale on April 25, 2023.

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Details and gameplay for The Witcher 3 PS5 Version will be released on December 14th

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Bloody hell, it took a while, but The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s long-awaited PS5 release date has been announced. The updated role-playing game will go on sale on December 14th, and CD Projekt Red reiterates that PS4 owners can get a free PS5 upgrade.

The “next-gen” game will have a physical edition at a later, as of yet unspecified time.

Though we still lack specific information about what the current-gen version will offer, don’t worry; it appears that all of our most pressing questions will be resolved soon. Next week, the developer says, will feature a livestream that will feature gameplay and more details. Hence, something to anticipate.

But in all honesty, we’re just relieved that this PS5 edition won’t be delayed any further. Will you play through The Witcher 3 again right before Christmas? Post your thoughts in the section below.

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