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This Hugo Award Winning Graphic Novel Chronicles The Fall From Grace Of A Group Of Super Heroes Plagued By All Too Human Failings Along The Way, The Concept Of The Super Hero Is Dissected As The Heroes Are Stalked By An Unknown AssassinOne Of The Most Influential Graphic Novels Of All Time And A Perennial Best Seller, Watchmen Has Been Studied On College Campuses Across The Nation And Is Considered A Gateway Title, Leading Readers To Other Graphic Novels Such As V For Vendetta, Batman The Dark Knight Returns And The Sandman Series

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    Since the movie came out, I ve found myself having to explain why Watchmen is important and interesting Despite being the most revered comic book of all time, it never really entered the mainstream until the film Now, people are rushing to read it in droves, but approaching Watchmen without an understanding of its history and influences means missing most of what makes it truly special.The entire work is an exploration of the history and purpose of the superhero genre how readers connect to it, and what it means philosophically Moore stretches from fond satire to outright subversion to minute allusion, encasing the once simple genre in layers of meaning Even as he refines and compresses the genre, he also constantly pushes its boundaries Watchmen is unapologetic, unflinching, and most miraculous of all, freed from the shame which binds so many comics.Moore never stoops to making an entirely sympathetic character There is no real hero, and none of the characters represents Moore s own opinions Superhero comics are almost always built around wholly sympathetic, admirable characters They represent what people wish they were, and they do the things normal people wish they could do.It is immediately gratifying escapism, which many people attach themselves to, especially the meek who lead tedious, unfulfilled lives Many people also do the same thing with celebrities, idolizing them and patterning their own lives on the choices those famous people make But in this modern age of reality TV and gossip media, we know that celebrities are not ideal people.Indeed, their wealth and prominence often drives them mad While everyone else views the world from the bottom up, they view it from the top down, and this skewed perspective wreaks havoc with their morality and sense of self Moore s superheroes represent something even beyond this celebrity Not only are they on the top of the heap, but they are physically different from other human beings Their superiority is not just in their heads and pocketbooks, but in their genetics.They are not meant to be sympathetic, they are meant to be human They are as flawed and conflicted as any of us, and while we may sometimes agree with them, as often, we find them distant and unstable.Many people have fingered Rorschach as the hero of this tale, but that is as flawed as pinning Satan as the hero of Paradise Lost Following the classic fantasy of power, Rorschach inflicts his morality on the world around him But, since he is not an ideal, but a flawed human, we recognize that his one man fascist revolution is unjustified.We all feel that we see the world clearly, and everyone around us is somehow confused and mistaken Often, we cannot understand how others can possibly think they way they do Sometimes, we try to communicate, but there is often an impassable barrier between two minds no matter how much we talk or how pure our intentions, one will never be able to convince the other.We all feel the temptation to act out if only those disagreeable people were gone, the world would be a better place While this justification may be enough for most comic writers, Moore realizes that the other guy thinks everything would be better if we were gone Rorschach lashes out because his ideas are too out there and he is too socially insecure to convince anyone that he is right He is unwilling to question himself, and so becomes a force of his own violent affirmation.Most who sympathize with him are like him short sighted and desperate, unable to communicate with or understand their fellow man Many are unwilling even to try Rorschach becomes a satire of the super hero code, which says that as long as you call someone evil, you are justified in beating him to death This same code is also commonly adopted as foreign policy by leaders in war, which Moore constantly reminds us of with references to real world politics.The rest of the characters take on other aspects of violent morality, with varying levels of self righteousness Like the British government of the 1980 s, which inspired Moore, or the American government of the beginning of this century, we can see that equating physical power with moral power is both flawed and dangerous Subjugating others for their own good is only a justification for leaders who feel entitled to take what they can by force.The only character with the power to really change the world doesn t do so His point of view is so drastically different from the common man that he sees that resolving such petty squabbles by force won t actually solve anything It won t put people on the same page, and will only create conflict and inequality Dr Manhattan sees man only as a tiny, nearly insignificant part of the vast complexity of the cosmos Though he retains some of his humanity, his perspective is so remote that he sees little justification for interference, any than you or I would crush the ants of one colony to promote the other.The ending presents another example of one man trying to enforce his moral solutions upon the entire world Not only does this subvert the role of the super hero throughout comic book history, but reflects upon the political themes touched on throughout the book Man is already under the subjugation of men they may not be superhuman, but still hold the lives of countless billions in their hands It is no coincidence that Moore shows us president Nixon, a compulsive liar and paranoid delusional who ran the most powerful country in the world as he saw fit.Moore s strength as a writer even than creating flawed, human characters is telling many different stories, which are really the same story told in different ways, all layered over each other Each story then comments on the others, presenting many views His plots are deceptively complex, but since they all share themes, they flow one into the next with an effortlessness that marks Moore as a truly sophisticated writer.Many readers probably read right across the top of this story, flowing smoothly from one moment to the next, and never even recognizing the bustling philosophical exploration that moves the whole thing along The story within a story The Black Freighter winds itself through the whole of Watchmen, and for Moore, serves several purposes Firstly, it is another subversion of comic book tropes Moore is tapping into the history of the genre, when books about pirates, cowboys, spacemen, monsters, and teen love filled the racks next to the superhuman heroes before that variety was obliterated by the Comics Code yet another authoritarian act of destruction by people who thought they were morally superior But in the world of Watchmen, there are real superheroes, and they are difficult, flawed, politically motivated, and petty So, superhero comics are unpopular in the Watchmen world, because there, superheroes are fraught with political and moral complexity These are not the requisite parts of an escapist romp We don t have comic books about our politicians, after all We may have political satire, but that s hardly escapist fun.So, instead they read about pirates Beyond referencing the history of comics, The Black Freighter works intertextually with Watchmen The themes and events of one follow the other, and the transitions between them create a continuous exploration of ideas Moore never breaks off his story, because even superficially unrelated scenes flow from one to the other, in a continuous, multilayered, self referential narrative.I continually stand in awe of Moore s ability to connect such disparate threads Many comic authors since have tried to do the same, but from Morrison to Ellis to Ennis, they have shown that striking that right balance is one of the hardest things an author can do Most of Moore s followers end up with an unpalatable mish mash instead of a carefully prepared and seasoned dish.Unlike most comic authors, Moore scripted the entire layout for the artist every panel, background object, and action Using this absolute control, Moore stretched the comic book medium for all it was worth, filling every panel with references, allusions, and details which pointed to the fullness and complexity of his world Moore even creates meaning with structure, so that the size, shape, and configuration of panels tell much of the story for him One of the volumes is even mirrored, so that the first page is almost identical to the last, the second page to the second last, and so on That most readers don t even notice this is even remarkable That means that Moore used an extremely stylized technique so well that it didn t interfere with the story at all.But therein lies the difficulty if a reader isn t looking for it, they will probably have no idea what makes this books so original and so remarkable This especially true if they don t know the tropes Moore is subverting, or the allusive history he calls upon to contextualize his ideas.While many readers enjoy the book purely on its artistic merit, the strength of the writing, and the well paced plot, others disregard the work when they are unable to recognize what makes it revolutionary One might as well try to read Paradise Lost with no knowledge of the Bible, or watch Looney Toons without a familiarity with 1940 s pop culture.It is not a perfect work, but there is no such thing Moore s lead heroine is unremarkable, which Moore himself has lamented He did not feel entirely comfortable writing women at that point in his career, and the character was forced on him by the higher ups Luckily, she s not bad enough to ruin the work, and only stands out because she lacks the depth of his other characters.His politics sometimes run to the anarchic, but often this is just a satire of violence and hubris Moore gives no easy answers in his grand reimagining His interlocking stories present many thoughts, and many points of view In the end, it is up to the reader to decide for himself who was right or wrong as if anyone truly could be.Moore never insults the intelligence of his readers, and so creates a work with depth than anyone is likely to plumb even after numerous readings Likewise, he does not want you to hold on for the ride , but expects that you will engage and question and try to come to terms with his work, yourself No one is necessarily the hero or villain, and many people find themselves cowed and unsure of such an ambiguous world, just as we do with the real world.Watchmen is not instructional, nor is it simply a romp This book, like all great books, is a journey that you and the author share The work is meant to connect us to the real world, and not to let us escape from it This is Moore s greatest subversion of the superhero genre, and does even than Milton to justify the ways of God to man , for many men delude themselves to godhood, yet even these gods cannot escape their fundamental humanity My Suggested Readings in Comics

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    I didn t read this until last year I saw the film about six months later I m a new convert still radiant with that just converted glow Along with the Sandman graphic novels this is my favourite work in the medium Zenith and Preacher get honourable mentions Watchmen wins over all of the other candidates in ambition This is a work of vast ambition It doesn t deliver on every level, it isn t perfect, but it contains so much that succeeds, and comes so close to fulfilling its promises that it would be churlish to mention any failings.Alan Moore is a great writer He s not a great writer for comics, he s a great writer period, who happens to have made the graphic novel his medium Watchmen is at times literary, funny, erudite, tragic, exciting, intriguing it s written for intelligent grown up readers This is a deconstruction of the superhero, an examination of the overlap between man and Superman, a recognition that we re none of us capable of handling the responsibility that comes hand in hand with power, and that talent, or strength, whether human or superhuman do not somehow erase or overcome the moral and mental frailties that are a part of the human condition The plot sprawls, it s convoluted, it spans generations and a large cast What keeps it together are the deeply personal stories on various scales Its scope was what kept it from the big screen for so long, and in truth the movie whilst good fun and well done, I thought is just a 2D projection of this complex multi dimensional work That same complexity is stopping me from doing it justice in this short review Rather than try I m just going to back off the grandiose praise and return to the punchline This is a fun read It s exciting The artwork ROCKS It s as deep as that hole Alice fell down, but you never notice you re falling Pick it up Read it with pride If someone sneers at you for reading a comic book hit them with it It s nice and fat Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes..

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    A 88% Extraordinary Notes Continually drawn in by its brilliance, it s a comic tour de force, with meaty dialogue and a complex, layered storyline.

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    Morality is a fickle bitch This is, simply put, iconic When any one mentions comics graphic novels the first thought that enters is an image of the Watchmen I think there is a strong reason for it It made me question morality on a scale rarely seen in fiction Indeed, when considering the characters it is incredibly hard to consider any of them truly good or truly bad They are simply people who are convinced that they are right Take Rorschach, he follows the law to the very letter, but never stops to consider, for a single moment, that there are actually problems with the law yes, he is violent, but his unique form of vigilante justice is an embodiment of the law s order He works outside the law to bring the law in a strange sort of way Then is he not worthy of the justice he administers Does he go too far Is he, too, not worthy of punishment These are hard questions to answer because there are no real answers There is simply opinion and debate it all depends on how you view the world One thing remains certain though, the characters in here are so devastatingly flawed On the other hand, you have Ozymandias who looks at the big picture He sees the world for what it is, and tries to plan accordingly Except, unlike Rorschach he attempts to tackle the bigger problems To many, he is simply the villain In reality he is as obscurely heroic as Rorschach and just as morally grey Who has the right to sacrifice life Who has the right to dictate people and make such a monumental decision Well, nobody really Yet, Ozymandias actions, essentially, save the world Who can question his results His methods are clearly debatable, though it was the only route open to him There is simply no quantifiable right or wrong in this world there is only neutrality and hypocrisy This is where the self actualised Comedian comes in Unlike Rorschach, he is fully aware of his faults and corruptness Unlike Ozymandias, he perceived that the world has no hope So, what does he do He embraces himself and indulges in his own overbearing personality He knows what he is, and what he reflects, so he relishes in his own nature He offers no guilt and feels no remorse he simply doesn t care about anything or anyone In this he is neutral than any other character he isn t in denial he isn t convinced he is right he just knows that the world is, essentially, doomed So, why not enjoy it It s all a joke, after all Right There are so many conflicting and self defeating morals in here Never before have I read something in which so many people have been wrong, but at the same time so absolutely right Then there is Jon, the so called God of America, the supreme Dr Manhattan He is something else entirely He could have changed everything His power was practically limitless, but he barely lifted a finger until the last possible moment And the pointing of that finger was an action that was both terrible and completely necessary The answer became clear as to the question of his inaction why should he bother with man The Comedian got to him in this he saw something in humanity that wasn t worth saving Rorschach saw it too, but he still tried to salvage the remnants of society through brutalising the brutalisers Dr Manhattan, however, was simply too complex and too important to waste his time on the common man He came through in the end though, surprisingly Well, kind of I thought he d watch the world burn, but humanity did have another protector albeit one who committed necessary evils This was such a great piece of fiction I don t think I could ever do it justice in a review Parts of this felt too intricate to put into words This is a complete subversion of the entire genre and a full questioning of the flawed, and hypocritical, nature of humankind It is a piece of work that will, simply put, never be forgotten by those that have experienced its mortifying splendour This is the first comic book I ve seriously considered to be great it has become a gateway for me to explore the comic book universe that I ve barely touched in the past So I ask you this what comic book should I read next Can any other comic really compare to this

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    I can understand why this is considered a holy tome in the field of graphic novels The plot is complex, it s unique, and it s well drawn Also, it s got the Holy Grail of every geeky comic book fan s wetdreams lots of cool gadgets and stuff.I ain t knocking that Imagination abounds, and I am thoroughly impressed I love that comic books and graphic novels create their entire world but BUT then again every piece of art creates it s own world And ALL OF THOSE OTHER ARTS MAKE EMOTIONALLY ENGAGING STORIES I get frustrated because my graphic novel friends keep foisting these things on me They love me, they see me as very imaginative and very supportive of their creativity, but they cannot seem to get why I go cold at graphic novels.This one was thrust upon me, because I was affected by the movie The Dark Knight I got emotionally engaged I felt hopeless with Batman I got a knot in my stomach when that horrible, unspeakable thing happened two thirds of the way through the film I was troubled by Joker s logic, and I was frustrated with the people in the ferries In other words, I WAS EMOTIONALLY ENGAGED A lot of these graphic novels and stuff seem to think that if they simply tickle your creative brain, they ve succeeded I want I want to laugh and cry and cheer and feel despair I want a core of true human story Gadgets and colors and costumes and superpowers don t make me weep or shout or ponder or giggle or sigh Well, they make me sigh with frustrationa nd boredom.I know I sound angry at these things I get frustrated, because I don t think this is so hard to understand that I need emotional stimulation And yet, my graphic novel friends still press these books in my hand, hoping to unlock my wonder and amazement I was full of wonder and amazement at The Adventures of Kavalier Clay, a novel about a superhero and the super human who spawned him I am not above the magical, mystical, and fantastic I love Harry Potter , but there has to be than just gadgetry and explosions There has to be honesty and the courage to plumb the human experience I felt terribly at Kavalier s struggles with violence and anti Semitism in Eastern Europe Sam Clay s secrets were heart breaking Kavalier s search for revenge and Sam s search for respect were emotionally engaging In Harry Potter, I rallied behind Mrs Weasley s maternal drive I loved Harry s indignance at cruelty I thought Hermione s concern for elves was sweet, and complicated who know they wanted to be slaves Chabon succeeded at making me feel, and so did Rowling Watchmen did not.Watchmen is about two generations of heroes One was human using costumes, strength, and cunning The next was led bys a superhuman, Dr Manhattan they were both human and somewhat superhuman Then a law was passed making their work illegal, and they went underground It s only when someone starts bumping off the old retired heroes that a mystery starts, a mystery that asks the esoteric and totally intellectual read unemotional question of why humans can be drawn to the edge of doom, and what they need to do to stop just at the edge.Oh for the people who know and love Watchmen I felt bad for how Dr Manhattan couldn t have a human relationship And I understood why Laurie got infuriated The thrill of Laurie and Dan becoming superheroes again was honest and wonderful But that was it I didn t feel the panic of the world ending mostly because if it did happen, there d be no story I didn t care for the casual use of rape as a plot point None of the long winded, theoretical discussion about whether humanity was worth saving had any emotional pull to me I didn t care In all 413 pages, I had four honest emotional reactions One of my reactions was anger at the tangential pirate story don t ask it doesn t have any emotional or thematic reason for being there it was just added because someone thought it was cool Cool There s the problem Cool things don t make me feel People can imagine and draw all the cool things in the world, and it won t make me emotional engage Cool things don t make my heart race or break or pause They leave me cold Graphic novels are mostly cool.

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    I realize that what I m about to say is as close as you can get to comic book blasphemy, but I think that 1 Alan Moore is the most overrated comic book writer ever and 2 this graphic novel is overblown, pretentious and most unforgivable of all, boring.To be fair, I m somewhat of a snob when it comes to my reading habits First and foremost, I want to be entertained If the story happens to be deep, thought provoking or groundbreaking as well, that s icing on the cake And the bottom line is that this book simply did not entertain me It was too busy trying to be Deep and Meaningful and Teach Us A Lesson to actually do anything as lowbrow as make compelling characters the reader can identify with and have them do interesting and entertaining things.While I love characters who are sucky human beings in small doses, stories where damn near everyone sucks like this one get on my nerves I don t like reading stories filled with a bunch of irredeemable emo asshats who do shitty things to each other and to humanity in general , and where the the themes of the story are pounded into your face with the delicacy of a sledgehammer So clearly not my cup of tea, but I m obviously in the minority on this one.

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    So I ve been super busy trying to figure out my life now that I ve graduated and it s terrible and I ve literally read nothing in weeks but I actually ended up taking a day to read this because someone lent it to me My boyfriend was saying that it was ridiculous that I hadn t read this yet and insisted I finish and even though now I m like behind on this online class that I ve been taking it was totally worth it Usually I write like some kind of synopsis but not sure how to go about that here I would rather just say how I felt and babble about how good this ended up being so instead of like trying to summarize I m just going to go through it which for anyone who tries to avoid spoilers means you should probably stop reading from here.Anyway I really did like the artwork for this and I m not an avid reader of graphic novels though so that might not really mean much as an opinion What was really good was the writing though and the way things all came together through the story, like the research center featured near the news stand coming back to being important to the climax The writing was really good and I just really loved the depressing gloomy tone of things Especially that second comic in the comic with the pirates Oh man when that dude goes home and thinks he s killing the pirates but it s his wife like damn, I saw it coming but it was still so heavy Also the way everything in the comic book unfolded so that it was foreshadowing as well as highlighting the main plot line a well And aw man why is Rorschach s life so terrible, just seeing his childhood made me upset, and when he goes back to the apartment and is about to say something to the landlady and see s her kids oh jesus I was just like WHY Him in general though, even though he s abrasive as a person he s such a great character, like in jail he tells the other prisoner, i m not locked in here with you, you re locked in here with me that made me freak out I was pretty upset that Dr.Manhattan fried him there at the end Speaking of which the whole ending makes me so angry, because like why does one person get to decide unilaterally what to do I get that things were spiraling out of control but I still don t believe that the answer was to kill millions of people and pin it on aliens, and I sure as hell don t see why the whole world shouldn t know what happen It doesn t mean that things would go back to devolving, if anything hatred can be just as uniting and I m sure everyone s anger could have come in between the impending war I know at the end his journal is there and they might find it but I just find it highly unsatisfactory that it hinges on something so uncertain I don t think anyone should have all the say on how things progress, no matter how intelligent And also for someone who is supposed to be the most intelligent man on earth his morality is pretty childish as well as his idolization of people like Alexander the great Also last comment, the whole handling of the rape situation between Sally Jupiter and Eddie was really interesting I thought Relationships do tend to be much less clear cut and dry in real life and it was nice seeing that unfold in the story It kind of made me think of how people can have a hard time understanding rape in a consensual relationship like a marriage but how context can really change things and how things aren t always as clear cut as being wrong and right necessarily for the person who is raped.Anyway definitely one of the best things I ve read regardless of how angry I am about how things end.

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    Not a fan of the graphic novel but this epic actually moved me It tells of the human drama, the DNA that is passed down generations, the hopelessness of modernity, and which side we ll choose when the apocalypse is neigh It is pessimistic, dark, sometimes silly as a staple of the genre it wouldn t be a success if it wasn t SOMEhow ridiculous The Incredibles Best Pixar Picture Ever touched upon many of the themes presented here, mainly about the humanity of Superheroes Can a rapist actually save lives Can the past be altogether discarded so that one can live a normal life whether its superhero or human This menagerie of misfits Nite Owl, Dr Manhattan, the Comedian, Ozymindas, Silk Spectre live breathe, that is a FACT Also, the match cuts are cinematic in a work that is, ironically, dubbed unfilmable A character in a comic book tells of his fate, which matches the action that occurs in the comic book WE are reading Its postmodern complex Let us hope the film comes close to matching its genius.

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    Hmm, what to say I read this AFTER I saw the movie, which was sacrilege according to some fellow geeks on Twitter, but my definition of Geek is someone who doesn t do what people PRESSURE them to do P They love what they love So anyhoo I read this and I can summarize this way The Movie did a great summary of the plot while formulating a story that missed the subtext of the graphic novel entirely I enjoyed both, but after reading the graphic novel, it s almost sad how the impression you take away from the movie is nothing of what Alan Moore was trying to say about the world, society or these characters So interesting.

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    What s this Unpopular opinion time Most of my friends and most of Goodreads love this book I did not I read for pleasure I don t care if reading makes me smart I don t care if reading makes me pretty I just want that escape into other worlds If I went to this world I would die from boredom I actually like the darker books so I thought this one would sweep me up into the fandom of it But, alas, it just made me sleep quite well last night.I didn t even know there was a movie made from it until someone mentioned it while I was reading it My hubby would probably like the movie so we may try that at some point But I ain t in no hurry Oh, and for the trolls that I m sure I will attract with this review Because everyone has their own opinion Go write yours on your own frigging review