Who Watches The Watchmen?
Watchmen is one of the greatest comics I’ve ever read. From start to finish it’s a masterpiece. Incredible work went into every single panel. It’s written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons and was released in 1986-1987. Every thing from the deconstruction of superheroes, the world building, the layouts, the structure, the reoccurring imagery, it all comes together as this beautiful work of art. And it’s about to be released as a feature film.
I’m still not sure how I feel about this upcoming movie. Watchmen is a brilliant exploration of the comics medium. It was not only made for comics, I’m not sure how it will translate to another medium. It’s also firmly set in a cold-war era. I’m uncertain if it would have the same impact on an audience today as it did 20 years ago. The movie could either be brilliant or an embarrasment. I’m torn and therefore trying to keep my expectations low. It worked for Dark Knight, so hopefully it will work for Watchmen.
A few weeks ago, the trailer for the Watchmen movie was released. It caused such a big stir that copies of the book started to sell out all over the place. It got me thinking that it’s been too long since I’ve read it myself. I thought it would be fun to read to read it one chapter (or issue, but I’ve got the collected edition, so I’m calling them chapters) at a time and write what I’m thinking as I read. I won’t be spoiling anything that happens in future chapters, but anything in that chapter is fair game. So if you don’t want to know how it ends, don’t read the post on chapter 12.
There’s stacks of Bible quotes and Biblical imagery, so I’m sure I’ll be able to find something Pop Culture Christ worthy of saying.