Of all the people that enjoyed Marvel's The Avengers—which is a lot of people, as it's earned over $1.5 billion worldwide—don't count Watchman creator Alan Moore as one of them. In a new interview with The Guardian, Moore completely ripped on modern comics, and commented that the success of The Avengers film is "a rather alarming sign." Well, it's better that he just explain:
On the current state of comics, and how modern superheroes are "abominations":
"I haven't read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they're abominations. They don't mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it's nothing to do with them. It's an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it; they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal. This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience."
Yikes. That enough shade for everyone? Don't worry, there's more: Moore brought up the success of 2012's The Avengers, saying it's "alarming" that grown men and woman are going to see the film:
"I don't think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it's a rather alarming sign if we've got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s."
It's not exactly surprising coming from a guy like Moore, as he has a tendency to say shocking things in interviews, but his statements are still pretty harsh—especially considering the amount of comics he's penned that have a following from the very demographic he's speaking of.
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[via The Guardian]