Moore, Gaiman & Miller


While Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller may not be the the three best writers in comics, such a claim would not be without merit. They are certainly three of the most popular and influential. The amount of material on this page alone should serve as some indication of this. These are all exceptional works of fiction, and all come with my highest recommendation.

V FOR VENDETTA by Alan Moore & David Lloyd
Very much like Orwell's 1984, "V FOR VENDETTA" takes place in a grim alternate world's fascist England. But rather than trying to hide from the system, the mysterious harlequin "V" is openly defying it. One of Moore's earliest works, this is only a hint of things to come.



Miracle Man: Book One by Alan Moore & Alan Davis
If you're familiar with the Captain Marvel comics, wherein young Billy Batson says the magic word (that would be "Shazam!" for the comics illiterate) and becomes the mighty Captain Marvel, well, this is sorta that. And it's sorta like the Robin Williams "Hook", because Billy grew up and forgot that he was ever a super hero. But this is Alan Moore here, so its not really like that at all.


The Saga of the Swamp Thing by Moore, Bissette & Totleben
Don't laugh. Whatever opinions you may have of the Swamp Thing, forget it. Whatever you may expect, this isn't it. In the early 80's, Alan Moore began the modern era of fantasy/horror comics that allowed others like The Sandman to follow. Harsh and beautifully drawn.

Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Along with Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns, this book helped redefine the genre of superhero comics in the mid '80s. This is an increadibly complex, multi-facetted work, and one of the classics in the field. A must-read for any serious comics enthusiast.



Daredevil by Frank Miller & Klaus Janson
This is where Frank MIller got his start in comics. This is his first stint as a writer, and so is not as polished as his later work. However, they're still great comics (especially for superheros), and well worth a look.

Ronin by Frank Miller
This is Miller's first experimental work outside the superhero genre, and a major step forward for the comics medium. The story follows a ronin from feudal Japan and his battle against an immortal demon in a bleak New York of the near future.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Miller, Janson & Varley
"...probably the finest piece of comic art ever to be published in a popular edition..."
-Stephen King.
'Nuff said.



Batman: Year One by Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli
Another great Batman tale by Miller, this one looks at the other end of Batman's career. This is an origin story, but it's more than just a retelling of the familiar version. It's a detailed, "realistic" look at the beginnigs of a career in crime-fighting.


Elektra: Assassin by Frank Miller & Bill Sienkiewicz
A psychotic ninja assiassin and a government cyborg killer (the good guys) go after a presidential candidate under the control of The Beast to prevent a nuclear war. One of the more derranged comics in my collection. Certainly one of the most entertaining. Bill S.'s art, varying from photo-realistic to grossly cartoony, sets the mood perfectly.

Sin City by Frank Miller
Follow Violent Marv as he hacks his way through the Basin City underworld to avenge a dead call girl. This is Frank Miller's latest on-going project, done is stark black & white (no greys), with a 50's crime/noir style. Immensely entertaining!



Sin City: A Dame to Kill For by Frank Miller
Sin City actually consists of numerous stories from the City. Some are related, and some aren't. But all are self-contained. Like all Sin CIty stoires, this one's full of guns, booze, hookers and fast cars. Oh, yeah... and killler ninjas (hey, it is Frank Miller!)



Sin City: Family Values by Frank Miller
More hard-boiled crime noir full of babes, bullets and revenge.


The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Gaiman, Keith, etc
This fantasy/horror series about the immortal Dream of the Endless, inspired (at least indirectly) by Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing, is a sequence of short stories that weave together into a single 75 issue piece of art. In this first volume, Dream of the Endless escapes from 70 years of imprisonment and reclaims his throne.



The Sandman: The Doll's House by Gaiman, Dringenberg & Jones
(From back cover) "The Sandman is the most acclaimed and award-winning comics series of 1990s for good reason. It is a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy, in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven." In this volume, how to live forever, and a serial killer convention



The Sandman: Dream Country by Gaiman, Jones, Vess & Doran
This volume reprints four self-contained stories, only one of which features Dream prominently. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is about Shakespear's play of the same name... commisioned by Dream and performed here for the first time with the Faerie court as an audience. This story won the 1991 World Fantasy Award for best short story.



The Sandman: Season of Mists by Gaiman, Jones, etc
In this volume, Lucifer kicks everyone out of hell, locks the place up, and gives Morpheus the key, knowing full well this will cause the Dream King no end of trouble.


The Sandman: A Game of You by Gaiman, McManus, etc
An aparently minor (but very interesting) chapter in the story of the dreaming, wherein we revisit Barbie (from "A Doll's House") and the land of her dreams. Several recurring characters are introduced, and Murphy puts in an appearance.


The Sandman: Fables & Reflections by Gaiman, Talbot, Woch, Russell, etc
Another collection of short stories, reprinting eight individual issues (not entirely in their original order). Most of these stories put historical events in a mythological context. In them we see the footprints of Dream in ancient Greece & Rome, the French Revolution, Baghdad, and Marco Polo's journeys to the East.


The Sandman: Brief Lives by Gaiman, Thompson & Locke
Dream's younger sister Delerium pays a visit, and wants Dream to help her find their lost brother.


The Sandman: Worlds' End by Neil Gaiman & Various
Trapped at an inn between worlds by a reality storm, a collection of strange travellers pass the time by telling stories.


The Sandman: The Kindly Ones by Gaiman, Hempel & Various
The story of Morpheus comes to a conclusion in this 12-issue volume that ties up many loose threads and revisits many old characters.


The Sandman: The Wake by Gaiman, Zuli, Muth & Vess
The 6-issue epilogue to the series in which a wake is held. In my opinion, this volume contains the best artwork of the entire series. Plus: Hob visits a Ren fair.


Death: The High Cost of Living by Gaiman, Bachalo & Buckingham
This volume collects the three issue mini-series, wherein Death (Dream's older sister) takes a holiday. Plus: a public service announcement.


Death: The Time of Your Life by Gaiman, Bachalo & Buckingham
This volume collects the follow-up mini-series, wherein old characters from "Sandman: A Game of You" are revisited.

Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
-thanks to Tracy van Court

Stardust by Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess
Not a comic book at all, but a prose story profusely illustrated by comic and fantasy artist Charles Vess. It's a fairy tale about a young man who falls in love with a falling star and wanders into the Fairey lands to find her. And if you happen to own the vile, text-only edition of this book, throw it out immediately and get yourself a copy of the illustrated version!




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