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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 65

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

In honor of the opening of Watchmen at the end of the week, here’s a special “Watchmen moments” week!

Today, in honor of opening night, we look at perhaps the most famous scene from Watchmen.


In Watchmen #11, Nite-Owl and Rorschach confront Ozymandias, who they have discovered is the “big bad” in this scenario.

He sits and details his elaborate plan to save the world. It’s some of the best written exposition dialogue I can recall seeing. Well done by Alan Moore.

Finally, we get THE line, when Nite Owl confronts him about his plans…

Amazing line and a great moment for the series.

This leads to a brilliant page by Dave Gibbons including the amazing human interaction between the newsstand owner and his young nemesis.

Such an amazing sequence and a great genre twist.


Oz the Malefic

March 6, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Slight film spoiler – well not really – but someone is bound complain if I don’t warn.

Even though there is very little seen of the 2 Bernies in the current edit of film, I am so glad they kept the “embrace” when all this goes down. It’s powerful here in the book, and powerful in the film. Might not mean as much to those who don’t know the two characters, but those of us who do, know what those two coming together like that meant.

The images are too big, they’re obscured by the sidebar. Never seen that happen on this site before.

Fix the images, Brian!

God I love that last page; from the Bernies to the “Hiroshima lovers” to the smiley face smear to white. I always get a little catch in my throat, every time I read it.

that is the one moment that really hooked me on how cool and deep watchman is . that and how Adrien just acts so smug over what he did like no big deal i just wiped out a bunch of people. earlier and the look on Nite owls face that says Adrien is completely out of his mind.

Was glad they kept most of Adrian’s line in the film. Was slightly disappointed that the film’s Adrian says “I triggered it 35 minutes ago.” Did notice the blue flash as Nite-Owl and Rorschach approached Karnak.

Also, it seems Rorschach-speak not too difficult. Just omit 1st-person pronouns and never compromise, not even in the face of armageddon.

Two moments from here are tied as my favorite
1″ I did it Thirty-Five minutes ago”.

2 The Vendor and the Kid with know where to go embrace each other, so not to be alone in the “end”.

Of course I also love the panels where we see many of our past supporting characters,, the Gordian Knot guys,, the taxi driver and her girlfriend, Doc and his wife, the 2 cops,the street hustler, and Vendor and Kid,,,,OK i take it back that’s my favorite part.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8SigyDTVnE Newest video inspired by this coluemn.

The vendor and kid embracing at the very end is just as memorable as Adrian’s “thirty-five minutes ago” line. And of course, far more moving.

Oh god, I hadn’t even noticed that it looked like smiley smear until just now.

Damn you Watchmen! All these years and I still discover new things.

Another thing I just noticed now (depsite having reread Watchmen at least 3 dozen times): Take a look at page 26, panel 2 up there, of Ozy throwing the Comedian out the window – a smear of blood right across Adrian’s face, right where we’d expect it. Just…holy shit. No matter how many of the little things you think you’ve noticed about Watchmen, there’s so much more you haven’t found yet.

That last page is definitely THE moment of Watchmen. So powerful, these two people coming together connected only by a name and circumstance.

Never noticed it until this reading, but the elder Bernie shields the younger. Look at the hands clasped behind Bernie’s head. Look at the hunch. It’s the end, and he’s trying to save this guy he doesn’t even really know, and from what he does know, doesn’t really like.

Is it wrong that I want him to succeed?

Dang, this book is just good.


I think maybe the biggest flaw in the movie was that the destruction of New York didn’t carry nearly as much emotional weight as in the comic, because all the “ordinary people” (the two Bernies, the cab driver, the cops, etc), who in the comic die in the explosion, were pretty much left out. In the movie the destruction was glossed over too quickly. It felt like just one more special effect among others, with no bodies or anything, so the viewer didn’t really feel what horrible price had to be paid for Veidt’s new world order. When I first read Watchmen I thought Moore and Gibbons were overdoing it with all those splash pages of dead bodies, but compared to the movie’s quick and neat solution the comic just works so much better.

I was inspired to create a photo-comic with my infant after rereading these pages:
Page 1
Page 2

All things considered, I think it worked pretty well.

Funny story about this scene. When my brother read Watchmen, I was sitting on the couch next to him when he read this scene. He commented on how Ozy made the oldest super-villain mistake in the book. It was so hard to not obviously smirk, knowing that in a minute he’d read that line.

Really, Brian… the kid is definitely not the newsstand owner’s nemesis. “Nemesis” is most commonly defined as “archenemy”, and if the kid is anything, he’s the only human being Bernie interacts with beyond selling papers. Quite the opposite of being an enemy.

Oh, and Ozymandias’ line is the best line in comics IMO.

I sure do miss page numbers in comics. Whatever happened to those?

I just noticed that the Gordian Lock and Promethean Cab brothers are standing next to each other when it happens.

I think Ozymandius’ comments about serial villains could eb applied to villains in general, not just comic book villains. James Bond, anyone?

Still, as an ending, it is rather nice. Kudos to Dave Gibbons, who I feel deosn’t get enough of the credit for this series’ success.

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