When Alan Moore Was Crap (Violator Vs. Badrock, Pt 1.)
I originally said I was going to post Spawn/WildC.A.T.s, surely the nadir of Moore's sub-par Image work, next. But I've decided that I'd rather build up (down?) to it first. So I'll be posting some of the other projects Moore did for Image during the mid-90s that, while not as bad as Spawn/WildC.A.T.s, are still pretty durn bad. Here's Violator Vs. Badrock.
Yes, Alan Moore really wrote this.
Before reading this mini-series, all I knew about Badrock was that he was actually a kid in the body of a hulking monster-man, and that he's a member of Youngblood. After reading this series, that's still pretty much all I know about him.
Violator is Spawn's arch-enemy or something like that, a demon who sometimes transforms into a fat clown.
As the story begins, Violator's been committing a string of murders in Washington, DC. On his latest excursion, he gets lured into an ambush by Badrock and some guys working for something called the Whiteside-Parsons Institute.
The Whiteside-Parsons Institute, as it turns out, investigates on the border between the scientific and the paranormal. They're named after John Whiteside Parsons, the noted scientist and occultist. They want to use the Violator's body to power a portal into Hell. They've hired Badrock as security.
Badrock asks the Violator just who this trespasser is.
Celestine, by the way, is a Moore creation. Badrock agrees to free the Violator so that he can help out against her.
"...kingdome come." And that's when Celestine busts in.
While she's pummeling Badrock, the Violator ambushes her from behind and rips out her heart. He asks her to guess the title of the the Robert DeNiro movie he's thinking of.
So, yeah, she uses her own body to power up the gateway to Hell that the scientists have made. Oddly, however, the machine doesn't seem to work.