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Who Watches the Watchmen?

Apparently, millions of people.  “Watchmen”, written by Alan Moore, is one of the most critically acclaimed superhero comic books of all time, and is included on the list of 100 Greatest American Novels since 1927.  The story opens with the death of a ‘costumed adventurer’, the Comidian, and the doomsday clock just five minutes from zero.  While most of the novel is told through objective third person narration, first person is sometimes used, and is used for the first half of the first chapter.  It is told from Rorschach’s point of view, a mentally imbalenced conspiracy theorizing vigilante.
“The streets are filled with gutters and the gutters are full with blood and when the drains finally scab over all the vermin will drown,” he writes in his journal.  “All the accumulated filth of their sex and murders will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!” and I’ll look down and whisper “No.””  He is the dark side of the superhero’s moral absolutes.

He then tries to warn his fellow crime fighters of the danger this murder symbolizes; Laurie Juspeczyk or “Silk Spector”, the daughter of Sally Jupiter, who was forced to follow in her mother’s footsteps, and Dr. Manhattan, the only true ‘super man’ in the novel.  He was disintergrated by the equivalent of a nuclear explosion, but his conciousness remained.  He manifests as a blue man, and exists outside of normal time and space.  He breaks into his former partner Daniel “Nite Owl” Dreiburg apartment and tells him what he saw, but Dan dismisses it as Rorschach’s paranoid delusions.  He finally stops by Adrian Veidt, formerly known as Ozymandias, the smartest man alive, and is ignored as well.  However, as more and more odd things begin to happen and other tradgedies befall those who once fought for the city as heros, Dan begins to give his credit theory and investigate with him.

I cannot reveal more of the story, because it is best if you don’t know what is going to happen the first time.  It is definetly the most epic story I have ever read, and puts the ‘novel’ in ‘graphic novel.’  It surpasses even the genius of ‘Sandman’ by Neil Gaiman, largely because it too has a large and intricate universe, but it also has a much more tightly wound plot.  This is not to say that ‘Sandman’ is bad for it’s rambling story- It was written over the course of seven years with over 75 issues, while ‘Watchmen’ is only twelve.

The time to read ‘Watchmen’ unspoiled is winding down.  It is slated for a movie release in March, 2009, and from the trailer it looks amazingly good:

What are you waiting for?  Go read it for yourself!


Written by therewasanincident

September 9, 2008 at 8:23 pm

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