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Watchmen

Moore, Alan - Finished Nov 26, 2016

Run-on Sentence Summary

The ultimate classic in graphic novels.

Impressions

I went in to Watchmen with no expectations. Like a lot of people, I am exhausted by the super hero genre as Marvel continues to disdainfully pump out cookie cutter blockbusters year after year. I knew that Watchmen was supposed to be different, but WOW.

Everything about it is spectacular, from the art, to the immersive noir atmosphere, to the philosophy. It is an exploration of morality and a commentary on the super hero genre as a whole. The character’s moral philosophies diverge drastically, and none of them can really be called the hero of the story. Their tales, interwoven together and juxtaposed to the comic-within-a-comic pirate story element, make the whole much greater than the sum of the parts.

This is the first graphic novel I’ve read, and I am enamored by the medium. The author tells the story with both images and prose, and I discovered how having both tools allowed it to transcend both books and film. I can appreciate how hard it must be to write a good graphic novel, and I hope there are others that can live up to its high standard because now I have an appetite.

Final Thoughts

I like antiheroes so much that I’m probably a villain. Shit. Also, don’t watch the movie.

Favorite Quote

“Existence is random. It has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not god who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. Its us. Only us."