When Alan Moore was crap (Violator Vs. Badrock, Part 2)
Before we continue our trek through the absolute low point of Moore's career, here's an excerpt from an interview where he explained how he came to be working on projects such as this for McFarlane and Liefeld in the first place. I figured some people might be interested. Here it is:
Moore: "Sometime--obviously before 1963 came out, after I'd been approached for it--Todd McFarlane, who I didn't know, phoned up and asked if I wanted to do an issue of Spawn. At the time, knowing very little about this, my thinking was that all I really knew about Image was that they're the opposite of DC and Marvel and that sounded pretty good to me, you know? That was really all I needed to know. I figured that if they're making mischief, then I'm generally in favor of them even without having necessarily seen the books. Todd McFarlane called up and asked if I'd want to write an issue of Spawn, which I really didn't know what Spawn was. But I said, "Yeah I can write one," and I said that before he'd offered me any money for it, you know? When he started to tell me how much money he'd give for doing it I kind of demurred and said, "Look, I'll do this for whatever the going rate is," just to be generally supportive of something which at the time I saw as fighting back against the big companies. "So yeah, I did a couple of other stories for Todd McFarlane, for Rob Liefeld. . ."
And thus were born some truly awful stories. Well, speaking of which, onto the second half of Violator Vs. Badrock...
When we left off, Badrock and the Whiteside Parsons Institute had been transported to Hell.
Badrock throws the giant squid monster into the counterfeit angel, sending it crashing down.
These are Violator's brothers: Vaporizer, Vindicator, Vandalizer, and Vacillator. They're Moore creations. They absolutely hate Violator.
Violator takes the opportunity to skedaddle.
Badrock discovers that Dr. McAllister, the blonde scientist, has left the building to collect plant and soil samples from Hell. Now he needs to go find her.
He's devised a plan to lure Violator and his brothers into following him away from the building.
Badrock rescues her. The two head back for the Institute building, but Violator attacks them, wanting the guidance sphere. He in turn is set upon by his brothers.
Some of Badrock's lines, like the one above, make me wonder if Moore remembered that he's a kid in an adult body. Does that line really sound like something a kid in the 90s would say?
And yet, still better than Moore's Spawn/WildCATs mini-series.