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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Watchmen: Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Brutally depressing, kinda brilliant and believably groundbreaking for when it was first published in the ‘80s. The thing I like most about the Batman comics, especially the Dark Knight Returns when he’s old and achy, is his utter humanity. The crime fighters in the Watchmen, except for this almost-god Jon, are too just a bunch of humans dressing up in dorky owl suits and such. They live, they age, the get murdered. Throughout the story is a stressful end-of-the-world motif, by way of war in Afghanistan sparking WWIII or a former crime fighter looking to save the world by destroying it. Excellent use of the panels for suspenseful pacing, with a detail from one panel randomly shown pages later. I think if I read this again I’d be able to talk about tons more layers that were in there, but it was such a relief to be finished, to get away from those unhappy people and that horrible planet, that I won't be rereading anytime soon. But someday.

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4 Comments:

  • I think I've read this 3 times through so far, Great Book! Great Author.

    Did you see they are making V is for Vendetta into a movie?

    I wonder when they'll do the same for the Watchmen.

    By Jason, at 1:24 PM  

  • In a search for the image, a Watchmen movie came up on imdb for 2006. To be directed by the guy that did The Bourne Supremacy.

    IMDB trivia: During early development in the late 1980s, ... early casting rumors included Robin Williams as Rorschach and Sigourney Weaver as Silk Spectre.

    By evt1618, at 2:08 PM  

  • I just love this book. It's so very very good.

    By bshort, at 12:23 AM  

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    By Jason, at 8:58 AM  

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