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The Complete Alan Moore Future Shocks Paperback – 5 May 2006

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Rebellion (5 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190426588X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904265887
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.9 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Perhaps one of the most widely respected writers of the modern era, Alan Moore's contribution to the world of comics is incalculable. His work for 2000AD includes The Balad of Halo Jones and Skizz and he has written many modern classics including V for Vendetta and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This collection also features the work of many respected artists including Bryan Talbot (The Tale of One Bad Rat), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) and Ian Gibson (The Balad of Halo Jones).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Cross on 15 Mar. 2009
The best introduction to Alan Moore's inventiveness - bar none.

From the fully-realised humourous story of the science fiction poem 'Lobelia Cloam' to the man who lived life backwards to the school for super-villains, there is something for everyone here. Something, but in fact, quite a lot, if like me you have been hooked on comics and science fiction throughout adulthood.

As an example of a classic story uniquely realised, see the 'idea as contagion' storyline - a great theme exquisitely topped off by the twist at the end of the tale. If this were personalised it would be a great storyline for movie or book.

'Lobelia Cloam' shows the same mastery. Be thinking 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy', as a poem. The closest example I can think of is John Cooper Clarke's 'I Married a Monster from Outer Space' (with that all-time great put-down, when C-C observes the small-minded onlooker: "It's bad enough with another race - but fook me! a monster from outer space!")

School for Supervillains is a similarly well-executed nice idea. You've got to wonder about where those endless lackey's come from that are the essential cannon-fodder at the villain's island fortress. Well, here's the recruitment advertisement for them: good pay; excellent prospects; must have own insurance.

The most subversive story is the Man who Lives his Life Backwards. Again, another blockbuster theme explored simply and economically to leave an indelible memory. The theme is explored elsewhere by eg Harlan Ellison as thriller but not as here. It is difficult to see this story working as well in anything other than the graphic medium.

The only disappointment is the book cover. What on earth were they thinking with a (cheap) detective inference? For my money, this collection beats Watchmen and Swamp Thing and V - the last thing it needs is unederrating...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Mark W. Stephens on 15 Aug. 2008
Some of Alan Moore's earliest work, this is a collection of - mostly - unconnected short stories published in "2000AD" in the early 1980's. Considering their age, they remain remarkably fresh and inventive, with flashes of dark humour. What sets these tales out from his later work is a certain economy of style; in a few pages Moore can make readers laugh whilst prompting some quite profound questions in their minds.
Thoroughly recommended - if only as light relief whilst working through the "Travellers Almanac" in volume 2 of the LoEG!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Massey on 29 May 2007
This is one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I've ever had, and that goes for any kind of reading. Be it novel, graphic novel, anime etc, this for me has stood out as being a genre at its best. The science fiction is intelligently explored, while maintaining a consistent level of humor. I've read Watchmen, V for Vendetta and The league of extraordinary Gentlemen, and this is worthy of being on a shelf next to them.

Even if you don't like Alan Moore, you'll love this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H P Camper on 14 April 2009
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For me this is all our yesterdays - before the name Alan Moore was of significance. I just absorbed all of the familiar sights and sounds of my 2000 A.D. youth - and recognised a few story lines I have come back to see elsewhere.

I don't know if it's an essential look at the author's early work or a key stone to any Moore collection, but it is fun with some great and some quaint and cheesy old sci-fi stories.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By RD on 30 Dec. 2006
When I first saw this, I thought that it would be interesting, as it was by the great and mighty Alan Moore, creator of such works as "V for Vendetta", "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and "Watchmen". But when I realised that this was some of his earliest work, when he wrote for the small UK comic 2000ad, I thought it might be fairly poor. Then I read it. While each story in this is rarely over two pages long, and they all end in a twist, they are amusing and incredibly thought provoking.
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