Across the Universe
The DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore

Author: Alan Moore
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP: £12.99
ISBN 1 84023 731 7
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Hailed as one of the most influential writers in comics today, Alan Moore is the man behind some of the most critically-acclaimed titles. These include
Watchmen, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: The Killing Joke, Swamp Thing and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Now, collected for the first time, some of his hard to find stories can be enjoyed anew...

This collection includes stories revolving around the exploits of superheroes including Superman, Batman and Green Lantern.

If you are not a huge fan of traditional comic books, then give this a large berth. For there is very little in here that will excite the current generation of comic readers. However, if are huge fan of Sups and Batty, then some of the stories here will certainly appeal to you.

I, personally, have always thought that Moore was overrated as a writer. While there is no disputing that The Dark Knight Returns and The Killing Joke represent some of the best examples of why the comic industry has such a wide appeal, the majority of his work I have found to be rather dull. I was never a huge fan of his Swamp Thing work, nor his writing on the Tomorrow's Stories collections.

But, taken at face value, this collection is fairly interesting reading. Although, unlike the aforementioned Dark Knight Returns, I doubt it is a graphic novel that I will be revisiting in a hurry

Very average.

Nick Smithson

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