Eclectic British author Alan Moore is one of the most acclaimed and controversial comics writers to emerge in the past thirty years. Author Annalisa Di Liddo argues that Moore employs the comics form to dissect the literary canon, the tradition of comics, contemporary society, and our understanding of history. The book considers Moore's narrative strategies and pinpoints the main thematic threads in his works: the subversion of genre and pulp fiction, the interrogation of superhero tropes, the manipulation of space and time, the uses of magic and mythology, the instability of gender and ethnic identity, and the accumulation of imagery to create satire that comments on politics and art history.
Di Liddo analyzes his best-known works - Swamp Thing, V for Vendetta, Watchmen, From Hell, Promethea, and Lost Girls - and highlights lesser-known works such as Voice of the Fire, Big Numbers, and others. This volume reveals Moore to be one of the most significant and distinctly post-modern comics creators of the last quarter century.