“One of these people does not belong here.”
Snap: The ONE comic series I’d recommend to anyone who wanted to appreciate comics in a more serious light. Penned by Alan Moore with art by Dave Gibbons, this is a seminal piece of work that deconstructs the superhero genre, gives the characters excellent character motivations, all coupled with an art style that Moore himself has claimed to be “unfilmable.” [5/5]
Love: I absolutely adore the writing. Each character is so distinct, even the bit players, and all of them come together into one very believable alternate history, and you end up being sucked into this imaginary space where vigilantes are celebrated and then martyred. Monologues by Rorschach are intense, psychosis-fueled affairs, yet you are drawn into the diary and mind of this madman. Characters like Dr Manhattan open up your mind to other universes beyond our own and bleak anti-heroes like The Comedian cause you to question your own outlook on the world. Yet, through it all, with careful writing, you have a sense of each character’s motivations, you root for them as you would any other superhero in this endless / inane genre, yet you know what makes them stand apart from you, and you find yourself wanting to be just like them, warts and all. Most comics have never been taken seriously within the literary fraternity, but this series will have you applauding the accomplishment of seamlessly combining text with still images, each panel an infinite window into another world that balances reality and fantasy upon the precipice of fiction.
Hate: Talking about this with people who didn’t enjoy the series.