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Any Mangaka/s similar to Alan Moore?

Discussion in 'Akihabara Lounge' started by Drsoe08, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. Drsoe08 Active Member

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    Alan Moore is an English writer known primarily for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta & Batman: The Killing Joke. Frequently described as the best graphic novel writer in history, he has been widely recognized by his peers and by critics.

    Some of his works include the following:

    1. Batman: The Killing Joke: Batman: The Killing Joke is a 1988 DC Comics one-shot graphic novel featuring the characters Batman and the Joker written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland. The Killing Joke provides an origin story for the supervillain the Joker, loosely adapted from the 1951 story arc "The Man Behind the Red Hood!". Taking place over two timelines, The Killing Joke depicts the Joker attempting to drive Jim Gordon insane and Batman's desperate attempt to stop him. The story tackles the psychology of both Batman & the Joker, on how Batman and the Joker are mirror images of each other, by delving into the relationship between the two. The story itself shows how the Joker and Batman came to terms with their respective life-altering tragedies, which both eventually lead to their present lives and confrontation and how both Batman and the Joker are creations of a random and tragic 'one bad day'. Batman spends his life forging meaning from the random tragedy, whereas the Joker reflects the absurdity of life, and all its random injustice/s. The story can also be interpreted as a deconstruction of the superhero genre.

    2. Watchmen: Watchmen is an American comic book limited series by the British creative team of writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins. It was published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987, and collected in a single volume edition in 1987. Moore used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to deconstruct and satirize the superhero concept. Watchmen depicts an alternate history where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s and their presence changed history so that the United States won the Vietnam War and the Watergate break-in was never exposed. In 1985, the country is edging toward World War III with the Soviet Union, freelance costumed vigilantes have been outlawed and most former superheroes are in retirement or working for the government. The story focuses on the personal development and moral struggles of the protagonists as an investigation into the murder of a government-sponsored superhero pulls them out of retirement.

    3. V for Vendetta: V for Vendetta is a graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd and published by DC Comics as 10-issue limited series. The story depicts a dystopian and post-apocalyptic near-future history version of the United Kingdom in the 1990s, preceded by a nuclear war in the 1980s which had devastated most of the rest of the world. The Nordic supremacist and neo-fascist Norsefire political party has exterminated its opponents in concentration camps and rules the country as a police state. The comics follow its title character and protagonist, V, an anarchist revolutionary dressed in a Guy Fawkes mask, as he begins an elaborate and theatrical revolutionist campaign to kill his former captors, bring down the fascist state and convince the people to abandon democracy in favour of anarchy, while inspiring a young woman, Evey Hammond, to be his protégé.
    Similar in terms of the following:

    1. Writing Style

    2. Characters/Character Development

    3. Plot Development/Story

    4. World Building

    5. The complex use of Philosophy and Socio-Political Commentary
  2. root eltiT resU motsuC

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    Their works are very different, but I'd say Yoshihiro Togashi has a similar style. He also has a tendency to dive deep into text walls of commentary and world building. He also sticks with genres that are usually very pulpy and superficial, and tries to subvert that. And he's celebrated among his peers and has been about as influential.

    Inio Asano does the whole grim commentary and philosophizing thing and treats his characters similarly. Sorta. Though he's not on the same level as Alan Moore.
  3. Brian           

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    Naoki Urasawa