Watchmen Season Two May Not Happen, But…

Watchmen by Alan Moore, 1987.

…your interest in Watchmen does not have to end!

That’s right! The characters Alan Moore debuted in his seminal 1986-87 works, have traveled several different paths since their groundbreaking debut. Leading that charge is Geoff Johns creator of DC Comic’s Doomsday Clock. Having just completed his part at the helm of comic’s greatest achievement, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandius are back in the news for the foreseeable future.

Lucky for you, the library’s collection has all things Watchmen. Compare the characters’ paths in all phases (Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen movie, HBO’S Watchmen, Geoff Johns’ Doomsday Clock, and Azzarello & Straczyinkis’ Before Watchmen.

If you’ve never read Alan Moore’s Watchmen, save your money, and check out our hardcover or our online copy. Unfortunately, Moore’s relationship with DC Comics (owners of the Watchmen copyright), ended in 1988 in a bitter dispute that exists to this day. As a result, Moore never entertained a sequel or expand the universe he created. His career-defining work is now in the hands of a new generation of comic artists.

In 2012, DC finally releases the Before Watchmen comic series. Characters like Ozymadias, the Comedian, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan, and others were given richer backstories with titles devoted exclusively to each character. Respected comic authors Brian Azzarello, J. Michael Straczyinkis, and Len Wein would lead these series. Click the links to read the Before Watchmen titles.

Before Watchmen: Minutemen/Silk Spectre

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias/Crimson Corsair

Before Watchmen: Comedian/Rorschach

Before Watchmen: Nite Owl/Dr. Manhattan

As a result of Before Watchmen’s success, DC Comics greenlights and releases Doomsday Clock. Doomsday Clock is a limited comic run written by Geoff Johns from 2017-2019. This series is unlike any other in that it merges the world of DC Comic Superheros with the Watchmen characters. Superman meets Dr. Manhattan in this mashup that recently ended in December of last year. Click the links to read this series in order. (Doomsday Clock Part 2 will be released in the graphic novel format on May 12, 2020).

DC Universe: Rebirth

Batman/Flash: The Button

Doomsday Clock Part 1

You Will Not Be Ready to Watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker or The Mandalorian Until You Have Seen the Star Wars Holiday Special

I am lying, of course. I am a terrible human being with an even worse sense of humor. The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special is absolutely awful. This made for TV production is so bad it may ruin the entire Star Wars Universe for you.

If you are looking to purchase a copy online, don’t waste your time. To this day, George Lucas and Disney have never released a copy in any format. Don’t try to find it on TV, either. The special has never aired again on TV since its original air date of November 17, 1978.

So if you want to be a TRUE Star Wars fan and know the complete Star Wars story … you need to go through the punishment of watching this film. Channel your inner Jedi. You can do this. As Yoda said, A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind.

May the Force Be With You, Moraine Valley.

Prepare Now For Finals- Reserve a Study Room

Looking for places to study in groups or to practice speeches? Our study rooms are the answer! We actively encourage students, who want to study, to reserve one of our 8 study rooms in advance here. Make sure to book at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to reserve a room during daytime hours. It’s easy to do.

  1. Find the Reserve a Study Room or Lab Seat link on the main page of the library website. 

2) Select a Study Room session  of 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 2 hours.

3) Select a specific Study Room (A-J) and pick a date.

 

4) Select a time.

5) Type your First Name, Last Name, Moraine Valley Email, Student ID Number, and click Yes to consent to the study room policies (only 2 hours of reservations per student per day).

 

 

6) Once you received your confirmation page you are all set. (staff members will verify double bookings, student id’s, and will contact you if more information is needed).

If you have any questions, please call us at (708) 974-5235.

Are You Brave Enough to Listen to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark?

It’s a windy, cold, and dark Halloween this year. You may be staying inside, or you maybe travelling. In either scenario, set the perfect eerie tone  tonight by playing the audio version of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. This is the chilling childhood original.  The version with the skull smoking a pipe cover by Stephen Gammell. Click the link,  if you dare…

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12339508

Great Horror Stories on Hoopla

There is nothing like a good horror story to keep you awake late at night, and especially one that keeps you up long after you’ve finished the book. So in the spirit of the season, here is the best horror graphic novels that Hoopla has to offer.

Wytches– Currently in movie production, this soon to be Brad Pitt thriller is already a legend in horror graphic novels genre.

Ice Cream Man – A modern horror interpretation of the traditional one issue story lines. Read this if you are a fan of Black Mirror, and the Twilight Zone.

From Hell– Alan Moore of The Watchmen created this equally stunning title.

Here is an assortment of other notable horror titles available on Hoopla: Creepy, 30 Days of Night , Vault of Horror, Afterlife with Archie, Tales from the Crypt, Hellblazer, Locke & Key, Swamp Thing, Harrow County, American Vampire, and Nailbiter.

Here Are the Record Breaking Spawn #300 and #301 Issues

Spawn is officially in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest running independent comic in history. Read the record breaking #300 and #301 issues by clicking the links to Hoopla!

Spawn #300

Spawn #301

If you are not familiar with background of Spawn, watch this origin video.

If You Like The Twilight Zone, Then You’ll Love W. Maxwell Prince’s Ice Cream Man

If you took the best of the Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, and Black Mirror  you just might come close to the brilliance of W. Maxwell Prince’s Ice Cream Man.  This is existential horror and dread at its finest.  Read the first three volumes (12 issues) of this new Image Comics series in time for Halloween. You won’t be disappointed.

Ice Cream Man Vol. 1: Rainbow Sprinkles

Ice Cream Man Vol. 2: Strange Neapolitan

Ice Cream Man Vol. 3: Hopscotch Mélange

RIP Preacher and Vertigo Comics

This weekend saw the conclusion of the epic comic turned TV series, Preacher. Sadly, this summer also saw the end of legendary Vertigo Comics, DC’s edgy, mature, independent imprint. This is a sad time for comic book fans, writers, and artists of independent comics.

Now that Vertigo is gone, you can relive or read for the first time, it’s best publications online with our database Hoopla. Click the links to read Vertigo’s legendary titles.

Preacher by Garth Ennis

Swamp Thing by Alan Moore

Fables by Bill Willingham

V For Vendetta by Alan Moore

Ex-Machina by Brian K. Vaughan

100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello

Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan

Invisibles by Grant Morrison

Animal Man by Grant Morrison

If you’ve out grown super hero comics and want to read current independent and edgier titles like Vertigo, Hoopla has an incredible selection of titles from Image Comics.

Click the Image Comics link to read the best of independent publishing.