Despite their critical acclaim and comparisons to each other in regards to style and content, comic legends Alan Moore and Grant Morrison have rarely seen eye to eye, and their strong opinions about each other and their work are known to much of the comic book industry.
In the latest volume of Full Bleed, a quarterly comics magazine featuring original artwork, analysis and in-depth conversations with comics creators, The Green Lantern writer discussed his issues with Moore and why he dislikes Watchmen.
According to an io9, Morrison said that although his opinion of Moore’s famous collaboration with artist Dave Gibbons has softened over the years, his strong dislike of the material still stands.
“The fact that none of the characters were allowed to be smarter than the author, that really drove me nuts," Morrison said. "The world’s smartest man is an idiot. He makes a plan all his life that is undone by the end of the book in an instant. The psychiatrist sits with Rorschach for five minutes and Rorschach tells a super banal story of how he became a vigilante and the psychiatrist cracks. If you’re a criminal psychiatrist who deals with men in prison, you’ve heard a million of these stories. It was all to make a specific point about how the real world isn’t like superhero comics.”
Morrison would go on to criticize Moore’s writing style, stating the mechanics are too obvious throughout the series instead of being hidden for the reader. He also claimed the reason for the animosity between he and Moore was because he was the first person to publicly express his dislike for Watchmen, calling it “the 300-page equivalent of a sixth form poem." The trash talk upset Moore so much that he stopped talking to Morrison and would take his own shots at the Scottish writer and his work from time to time.
Despite their past, Morrison doesn’t consider it a feud but more like an ongoing disagreement. “I’ve had nothing to do with him and he’s got nothing to do with me," he said. "A lot of comic fans like to think there’s some feud but a feud would actually need to involve people’s interest.” Morrison acknowledged that he reads Moore’s work and assumes Moore does the same as well, even if he doesn’t admit it openly. In the end, Morrison recognizes they are two people who are so similar and yet so different that their conflict between each other is the only logical conclusion that makes sense.