At the same time I'm sort of fascinated just a bit more with the kind of zeitgeist that was capable of producing an artist like Moore in the first place. It helps to understand that Moore was just one of several names to appear in a brief moment of artistic activity that may have started somewhere around the mid to late 70s, and gained it's peak notoriety during the 80s before disappearing into separate elements by the mid 90s. This activity consists of at least two discernible shared traits. The first was that most of it was centered in Britain, though I guess a few Americans were able to make some contributions here and there. The second was that it revolved around a kind of minor vogue in both the graphic, literary, and performing arts.
It's difficult to talk about this moment of history. Modern pop-culture is familiar with the names of the individuals associated with this creative explosion, such as Moore, Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, Terry Gilliam, etc. However I still haven't seen any attempts to look at these artists as a kind of semi-group which formed as parts of a bigger creative enterprise. This is explainable in that it was all fairly recent, and most of it's participants are still alive as of this writing. It could be that not enough time has passed for anyone to take proper stock of this historical moment. Still, the creative time span was there, however brief, and sooner or later some efforts should be made at trying to trace out the larger patterns of the artistic undercurrents that gave us V for Vendetta, The Sandman, and lesser known productions, such as Peter Straub's Shadowland, or Kim Newman's Diogenes Club.
I'm not sure this group deserves to be called a movement or anything like that. On the whole, they all seem too individualistic to be considered anything like a unified front. However, lack of unity doesn't perhaps rule out a certain degree of shared or thematic overlap. If it's at all possible, what I'd like to do here is see how far I can trace out any hint of these underlying patterns and themes by examining individual novels or comics from this brief period of time, along with exploring the lives of their respective authors, and seeing whether or not they help to form a greater thematic whole.