Comics as Performance, Fiction as Scalpel.
In "Alan Moore: Comics as Performance, Fiction as Scalpel," Annalisa Di Liddo argues that Moore employs the comics form to dissect the literary canon, the tradition of comics, contemporary society, and our understanding of history. The book considers Moore's narrative strategies and pinpoints the main thematic threads in his works: the subversion of genre and pulp fiction, the interrogation of superhero tropes, the manipulation of space and time, the uses of magic and mythology, the instability of gender and ethnic identity, and the accumulation of imagery to create satire that comments on politics and art history.
Examining Moore's use of comics to scrutinize contemporary culture, Di Liddo analyzes his best-known works--"Swamp Thing, V for Vendetta, Watchmen, From Hell, Promethea," and "Lost Girls." The study also highlights Mooreas lesser-known output. Fiction as Scalpel" reveals Moore to be one of the most significant and distinctly postmodern comics creators of the last quarter-century.