By Silkcuts 18 Comments
I think I finally figured out why I don't always see eye to eye with the mainstream masses. It has to do with view point on the medium. Many see comics as a form of entertainment and that is why some people are okay with the direction of comics reverting back to the status of "funny books". Then the more someone appreciates the medium, the more they see the potential of storytelling within this unique and special medium. Some can be great silent storytellers like Jeff Lemire, who in works like Essex County and Lost Dogs say so much within the panels without really writing a word to read. Some compose masterful structure such as Alan Moore in works like Big Numbers, V for Vendetta, Lost Girls and Promethea. The medium means different to different people and that is a given, but my problem is that there once was a thread of sophistication, the fan-base understood where the medium was evolving and that is why after Alan Moore, so many masterful writers were inspired and pushed the medium forward. Odds are your favorite writer knows what I am talking about because Alan Moore opened my mind.
Somewhere down the line the market changed and the readers no longer want "Graphic Novels" like the epic of Grant Morrison's Batman, the masses wanted fluff and easy to digest pretty storyboards. This is where comics are de-evolving, the comics are intended to be purely entertainment rather then partly "art", since most readers either can't or don't want to decode the collection of information of semiotics known as the graphic medium.
Consensus is that Alan Moore is considered the greatest, if not greatest he is the most influential writer in comics. Grant Morrison would be a strong and solid number 2. There is something besides being male and part of the U.K. that makes them masters of the medium. Both see the correlation of Comics and Magick. Maybe this is where I differ from some of comicvine and why I love both their work so much and feel I understand it. From the many things I have written for this site, most were for personal reasons to explore this phenomenon of Magick and comics. This is why John Constantine is my favorite character, he is the purest form of magick in comics, I mentioned it in my Crisis #4 review as well as my BD #24 review, John Constantine lives synchronicity, I would also like to point-out the metaphysics Peter Milligan can do with John in my review of issue HB #273. Metaphysics is another amazing thing that can be done in "comics".
Issues #273 was Six months ago and Aztek can confirm I mentioned that it looks like Peter Milligan is explaining multiple Johns (in John's own history) months ago. Without my knowning, I knew John would return to the DCU. Synchronicity is shared between me and John, there is magick in the pages of comics if you want to find it. In recent news I have debated on giving up on trying to "teach" because there are some who choose to argue then listen. I am not perfect and I am not always right, but when it comics to John Constantine I am, when it comics to the medium I also feel I understand it better then most and that is why I try to "teach". This is where I know Flashpoint and the reboot will fail. It is driven by the wrong motives of money making and not storytelling. The karma is negative and stacked against them if they continue, especially if John is in use because he really is "living" and is the messiah archetype I speak of. His profile may increase because of the perversion of the abuse of Vertigo characters, but i fear that John Constantine will kill the DCU. He was Key to Alan Moore Twilight of the Superheroes and DC can like it or not Alan Moore built the infrastructure for their universe. John Constantine is also Alan Moore greatest creation. More "coincidences".....
I also once told Aztek that their is a thin line between sanity and insanity and only those who walk between the two can truly state what side they are on. Guys like Alan Moore and Grant Morrison are no longer mere mortals, they talk to the Gods and are on a different world then you or I. Hopefully I can join the discussion with the Gods. I hear the mumbles already.