J. Clay Moore

Battle Hymn 4 (September 2005)

Full disclosure, Erik Larsen rejected my comic for Image. I feel a little better. He apparently just can’t read, since he published Battle Hymn.

This comic book might be the worst thing I’ve read in a long time. I’m actually going to make a note of Battle Hymn being the worst-written nonsense I’ve read so I don’t forget.

Moore’s a lousy, lousy writer. He’s actually not terrible at the dialogue, only painfully mediocre, but his plotting is seriously some of the worst I’ve ever read. It’s not just incompetent, it’s some adjective “competent” isn’t even a part of.

I think Moore thinks he’s being really cool by not telling a story, by not having a real narrative, just a hodgepodge of sensational, melodramatic scenes.

I’m surprised Jeremy Haun did this kind of series. Maybe he can’t read either. His art’s just so good and the comic’s so indescribably awful.


Over There; writer, B. Clay Moore; artist, Jeremy Haun; colorist, Dave Bryant; letterer, Greg Thompson; publisher, Image Comics.

Battle Hymn 3 (June 2005)

Ah, yes, ok… the U.S. government–FDR’s administration–is killing superheroes for being cads. Wow, it’s so inspirational. I’m shocked Moore didn’t break the internet in half demonizing the U.S. government.

It’s sensational tripe, the kind no one would ever really notice because no one read Battle Hymn. I can’t figure if Moore hates FDR or if he thinks he’s somehow writing an anti-government piece not about the Bush administration (it’s from 2005, after all). I’m guessing Moore doesn’t know enough about FDR to even have an opinion. I imagine he just thinks he’s being really subversive. Even though Mark Millar basically already did all this stuff with The Ultimates, or at least hinted it could be done.

I’m also trying to figure out if Moore’s ever going to comment on his only female character being around as a sex toy for his superheroes. I doubt he ever noticed.


Writer, B. Clay Moore; artist, Jeremy Haun; colorist, Dave Bryant; letterer, Greg Thompson; publisher, Image Comics.

Battle Hymn 2 (April 2005)

Oh, wow, give B. Clay Moore a honorary history degree from Bob Jones University… he uses “homeland” in a 1940s scene. Maybe he should have just used Vaterland.

I’m also not sure “blue movie” isn’t an anachronism as well.

What’s also interesting is how Moore’s demonizing the U.S. government. I mean, FDR comes off as a bad guy in this comic. While I’m a little curious how it’ll turn out and I’m all for dramatic license, it’s not particularly solid, in terms of its history. I’m wondering what Moore did for research? Watched the History Channel? On mute?

The art’s solid again, but the plotting is just as lousy as the first issue. Basically all this issue does is show the reader the government can’t be trusted and the superhero team, hte Watchguard (either Moores think alike or B. Clay is “homaging”), has internal problems.

It’s a lame, readable comic.


The Milk Run; writer, B. Clay Moore; artist, Jeremy Haun; colorist, Dave Bryant; letterer, Marshall Dillon; publisher, Image Comics.

Battle Hymn 1 (January 2005)

I wonder if Moore took this to Marvel and pitched it as a “Captain America is a tool” limited series. It’s too soon to really tell anything about the comic (always a good sign on a four issue limited, a wasteful first issue) but Jeremy Haun’s artwork is fantastic so it’s relatively painless.

Moore concentrates on how lousy the American government treats its citizens and its soldiers, whereas the British come off as civilized. I wonder if he’ll keep it up, given he’s doing a World War II comic. It’s not often one finds a World War II story where the emphasis isn’t on a bunch of people saving the world from bad guys.

Oh, wait, I forgot the other Marvel connection. It’s basically about the world discovering the sea-people, so it’s a Namor story.

Summing up–lovely artwork, lousy pacing. The issue takes about three minutes to read.


… The Awful Roar of Its Many Waters; writer, B. Clay Moore; penciller, Jeremy Haun; inker, Ande Parks; colorist, Dave Bryant; publisher, Image Comics.

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