The Quietus has an insightful interview up with master comic-book writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, etc), discussing various elements of his body of work, as well as his use of magical ritual and psychedelics. I found his reply to this question particularly interesting:
Have you turned your back on superheroes now?
AM: I’m interested in the superhero in real life, but not the comic book version. I’ve had some distancing thoughts about them recently. I’ve come to the conclusion that what superheroes might be — in their current incarnation, at least — is a symbol of American reluctance to involve themselves in any kind of conflict without massive tactical superiority. I think this is the same whether you have the advantage of carpet bombing from altitude or if you come from the planet Krypton as a baby and have increased powers in Earth’s lower gravity. That’s not what superheroes meant to me when I was a kid. To me, they represented a wellspring of the imagination. Superman had a dog in a cape! He had a city in a bottle! It was wonderful stuff for a seven-year-old boy to think about. But I suspect that a lot of superheroes now are basically about the unfair fight. You know: people wouldn’t bully me if I could turn into the Hulk.
Reading the rest of that interview makes me *really* want to be at Randi’s London Meeting where Moore will be appearing alongside the likes of Richard Dawkins and P.Z Myers.
Previously on TDG: