Alan Moore, et al.: The Complete Alan Moore Future Shocks
As most people who read comics know, Alan Moore is one of the best writers ever to grace the medium. My first encounter with this amazing writer was in 1987, when Watchmen was published in norwegian for the first time. Since then I've read most of his work and been blown away time and again by books such as From Hell, Swamp Thing, V For Vendetta, Promethea, Miracleman and so on.
The Complete Alan Moore Future Shocks collects the Future Shocks and Time Twisters stories that Alan Moore wrote for 2000 AD in the early eighties. These were short science-fiction stories, usually with a twist ending, which ran regularly in the magazine. The features served as a kind of training ground for new creative talent, including people like Grant Morrison and Peter Milligan, and a laboratory for new ideas which sometimes evolved into regular strips of their own. This volume collects all the stories Alan Moore wrote for these features and they are a blast to read.
The tone of most of these stories is pretty humourous. Several of the two-pagers are little more than jokes built around a single idea or word association. Other stories explore the nature of time, the relationship between physical an abstract reality (both recurring themes in Moore's later works) and the various paradoxes of time travel as well as familiar tropes and cliches of speculative fiction. There is also a bit of political satire. One gets the impression that Moore is feeling his ground, exploring the various themes and ideas that would later permeate his major works. But they are great stories in their own right and far better than almost anything else in the genre.
A lot of artists collaborated with Moore on these stories and most of them are top notch. You simply can't go wrong with people like Dave Gibbons, Ian Gibson, Garry Leach, Jesus Redondo and Alan Davis.
I really can't recommend this book highly enough. It's brilliant stuff by an author I won't hesitate to call a genius. Be sure to pick up The Ballad of Halo Jones too. Superiour space opera from the pages of 2000 AD illustrated by Ian Gibson.