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Friday, October 24, 2008

Who will be watching the Watchmen Movie?

“Watchmen” is a comic book for those who hate comic books. It’s a story devoid of heroes. One of the main characters copied his identity from another. He’s overweight and hides his paraphernalia in a “cave” of sorts. He’s impotent, until he has an affair with the wife of a friend, and only once they’re both in costume.

The wife is estranged from her mother, from whom she stole her “hero” identity. Her mother was almost raped by a team member, who kills while wearing a smiley face button; his murder is the mystery of the book. The husband of the philandering woman is turned into a god by accident. As a god, he is distant and unemotional; at the story’s conclusion he murders a friend who is the only one seemingly aware of the greater turmoil that the reader is made privy to; this man is revealed as a formerly abused child and psychopathic killer.

The only “successful” character is a multi-millionaire who devoted his life to bettering the world and his riches. He is the secret villain of the story whose plan results in the murder of millions of innocents.

A boy is shown reading a comic book throughout “Watchmen.” It is a pirate comic, superhero comics having been out of fashion since the 40’s. He is totally unaware of the world around him and awakens from his delusions just before his own death.

“Watchmen” has been called the greatest comic book of all time.

1 comment:

  1. You might enjoy this Mr. Media podcast interview with Dave Gibbons, co-creator and artist of Watchmen, as he discusses the Warner Bros./Fox dispute, being on the set during production, and what he thinks of the trailer and the rough cut he saw of Watchmen. He also talks about the possibility of working with Frank Miller and the message he took to Alan Moore from Will Eisner. Here's the link!


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