In the 80s Alan Moore wrote the most acclaimed graphic novel of all time - Watchmen.
His next project, working with Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, was for a screenplay ultimately never produced.
Now that screenplay comes to life as an incredible comic book series - a classic re-telling of the fable Beauty and the Beast set in a dystopian future city!
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Avatar Press
- Publication Date: 05/09/2013
- Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
- ISBN: 9781592912117
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Review by macha
genres and genders bend, there's a steampunk look to the future, plenty of social commentary floats by, and the pathology of the maitre's psyche gets a look so close it's claustrophobic. but then, an aesthetic of beauty based on deliberate isolation from the culture is a kind of pathology in itself. Dior's Nazi Paris translates scarily well onto the mean streets of a near-future metropolis, just before nuclear winter arrives. and of course, that's an opportunity for haute couture to distract the masses with a revolution in... right, high style. the dystopic vision shows Alan Moore in surprisingly playful mood, and the artist joins him there, splashing colour onto his dark canvas, ebulliently replacing the drab and downright dirty by painting his climaxes in blood and violence right off his palette onto his screen. and it all works: you can still tell it started from a screenplay, because the dialogue is sparse but the artistic detail is legion, giving the artist plenty of room to create gorgeous work. but the original concept came from Malcolm McLaren and commenting on Moore's elaborate screenplay translation he did suggest that Alan, calling the detail and angle to govern every shot, might consider leaving a bit of room for the director and the cameraman. as if. but Moore, notoriously disinterested in screenwriting (and of course fashion), seems to have been freed up by the alien form and subject matter to keep it loose and have fun with the material. written in 1985, it still looks contemporary, incisive, and even prophetic.