Watchmen’s Alan Moore says superhero fans are ’emotionally subnormal’

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Here’s something that will really piss off a lot comic book fans out there. In an interview with The Guardian, Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta) has stated that he hates superheroes and thinks that adult superhero fans are “emotionally subnormal”. Wow, way to insult a lot of your fans (then again, fans should expect this from Moore). With the popularity of superhero movies like The Avengers and Man of Steel, Moore is surprised about the whole thing, because he thinks that superheroes should be just for young boys.

“I haven’t read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen,” said Alan Moore while promoting his recent comic, Fashion Beast. “I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations. They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine-to-13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently.”

As for Moore wanting superhero comics to stick with just young boys, screw that! Look at the state of video games right now. The consoles, when it first emerged, were catering towards young males. Now we have video games made for people of all types. As gamers grow older, we also want our games to grow with us. Imagine if Moore’s opinion was implemented to video game culture, we wouldn’t see games like God of WarThe Last of UsGrand Theft AutoTomb Raider (2013), and more.

“These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it’s nothing to do with them. It’s an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it; they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal.”

Even though a lot of properties were made for young boys, these properties have found major successes with other demographics. Some examples include Transformers and Batman. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is coming out to theaters very soon, and a lot of people are going to go in droves to watch that movie. Should we stop because the source material was meant for children? Hell no.

“This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience. I don’t think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it’s a rather alarming sign if we’ve got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s.”

If Alan Moore doesn’t like the fact that comic book creators aren’t creating comics for adults, maybe he shouldn’t have done Watchmen. Unless he’s trying to expand the imagination of 9-year-old boys with the subject of rape and naked blue men.

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