Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"Man Reversible The" Moore's Alan

Here’s a great little "Time Twister" from Alan Moore, originally written for 2000 AD. Before Watchmen and the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Moore worked on short science fiction stories for the the long running U.K. weekly, even then playing with time and sequence in his storytelling. Of course, the idea of a person living his life backwards isn't completely Moore's - I'm sure I've read an old science fiction story somewhere with the same premise, at least - but Alan Moore always manages to make great comics from whatever he starts with, and "The Reversible Man" is no exception:





"The Reversible Man"
Script: Alan Moore
Art: Mike White
Story scanned from The Complete Alan Moore Future Shocks, Rebellion, the Studio, 2006

7 comments:

buzz said...

So apparently Alan Moore read Philip K. Dick's COUNTER-CLOCK WORLD...

ALFRED said...

Also done in Martin Amis' TIME'S ARROW and the Backwards episode of RED DWARF (which was the funniest iteration). The problem with the premise is as Alan Moore shows, you can do it in FOUR PAGES and you say the same things that, for example, the screenwriter of BENJAMIN BUTTON take 2 1/2 hours to say.

Joe Crawford (artlung) said...

Wonderful economy to the story, indeed. Thanks for sharing this!

jlroberson said...

And this is an obvious early stab at some of what would eventually mutate into THE BIRTH CAUL. All the way down to the structure.

Anonymous said...

I love these wonderfull stories from Alan Moore Future Shocks. I hope you post more up.

Just8 said...

There's also a beautiful dutch poem by famous (at least in the Netherlands) poet Jan Hanlo called 'Wij komen ter wereld', which tells of lives lived backwards.
It starts something like 'we enter the world, mourning, from graves...', and later mentions, among other things: 'The healing bullet, sought after by guns' and 'the schools take care of learning to forget'. If this sound awkward, blame my translation.

Just bought 'Alan Moore's Complete Future Shocks', which is very funny. Great post.

Anonymous said...

"Regurgitate a light meal"
O god...that means that his poop shoots upwards?