Alanmooreization YKTTW Discussion
Disclaimer: Okay, the title's up for discussion, obviously :) Though, I think it's somewhat justified due to Moore creating several defining examples of this trope - e.g., the Lo EG Basically, when you throw many (sometimes, almost all) characters belonging to a specific genre (or sometimes a distinct division of this genre - e.g., the works of a certain author, etc.) into a Massive Multiplayer Crossover, for the purpose of exploring and de- and/or reconstructing said genre from a modern viewpoint (which may or may not be Darker and Edgier). Note that the Massive Multiplayer Crossover itself here is just the means, while the goal is the aforementioned exploration/de/reconstruction. Also note that it's only one of the possible uses for a Massive Multiplayer Crossover, which may be implemented for numerous other purposes. The trope is named after Alan Moore, who friggin' loves to use it. He authored many solid examples of this trope's use: most famously, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which may or may not have actually started this trope's popularity. For more examples, see... well, "Examples". A subtrope of Deconstruction, Reconstruction and Massive Multiplayer Crossover.
- League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol.1&2 did this with Victorian literature.
- Black Dossier, the sequel to Lo EG, did this with mostly 1950s mostly British mostly literature.
- League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol.3 is going to do this with, consequently, early 20th century, 1960s and 1990s-2000s fiction.
- Albion (created with Alan Moore's assistance) did this with 1950-70s British comics published by IPC.
- In Twilight of the Superheroes, a script submitted by Alan Moore to DC, he wanted to do the same with the DC Universe.
- The original script for Watchmen was this: a crossover of several Charlton Comics characters intended for deconstructing the superhero genre from a modern viewpoint.
- Top 10, despite being written by Alan Moore, is NOT this. Here Massive Multiplayer Crossover is used just for comedy and to build a damn good story.
- Is Lost Girls this or not? I don't know really. Yeah, it features a crossover and redefines the crossovered books, but the similarities kind of end there.
- Kingdom Come. To some extent, it actually fulfilled the idea of Twilight of the Superheroes (though Your Mileage May Vary).
- Breakfast of the Gods does this with breakfast cereal mascots.
- Planetary kinda did this with various fiction characters and genres. "Kinda", because most of the characters there are pastiches or Expys, and most genres are deconstructed in self-containing stories, regardless of the series' Massive Multiplayer Crossover premise.
- J.Michael Straszynski's The Twelve did this with twelve WWII-era Timely Comics superheroes, centering on the differences between modern and 1940s culture.
- Fables does it with fairy-tales and nursery rhymes.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit did this with Toons.
- This trope, combined with the Literary Agent Hypothesis, is the main premise of P.J.Farmer's Wold Newton Universe.
- Most of Bleedman's webcomics (Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi, Grim Tales from Down Below) do this with various kids' cartoons. Though Your Mileage May Vary about how much of these comics is really Deconstruction, and how much is just Darker and Edgier and Author Appeal.
- The Web Original series There Will Be Brawl does this with Nintendo games. It uses a preexisting Massive Multiplayer Crossover established by the Super Smash Bros. franchise.