In a take-down worthy of his anti-hero vigilantes V or Rorschach, comics legend Alan Moore has condemned his fellow comics writer Frank Miller as misogynistic, homophobic and “just completely misguided”.
Moore, author of critically acclaimed comics including V for Vendetta and Watchmen, was speaking about Miller following the Sin City author’s attack on the Occupy movement, which Miller described as “nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness” on his blog last month.
Asked by British independent publisher Honest Publishing for his thoughts on Miller, Moore said that he and the 300 author “have diametrically opposing views upon all sorts of things, but certainly upon the Occupy movement”. Calling the worldwide anti-capitalism protests “a completely justified howl of moral outrage” which have been “handled in a very intelligent, non-violent way, which is probably another reason why Frank Miller would be less than pleased with it”, Moore predicted that “if it had been a bunch of young, sociopathic vigilantes with Batman make-up on their faces, [Miller would] be more in favour of it”.
Miller’s comments, that Occupy “is nothing short of a clumsy, poorly-expressed attempt at anarchy” from “a bunch of iPhone, iPad wielding spoiled brats who should stop getting in the way of working people and find jobs for themselves” because “America is at war against a ruthless enemy [al-Qaida and Islamicism]“, are “about what I’d expect from him”, said Moore.
“Frank Miller is someone whose work I’ve barely looked at for the past 20 years,” Moore told Honest Publishing. “I thought the Sin City stuff was unreconstructed misogyny, 300 appeared to be wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided. I think that there has probably been a rather unpleasant sensibility apparent in Frank Miller’s work for quite a long time.” Miller’s most recent work, Holy Terror, sees new superhero The Fixer take on al-Qaida.
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