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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen in an interesting fashion. Let’s just look at ONE page from the comic…
In case you just started readings comics earlier today, Watchmen was a 12-issue series that tells the story of a group of mostly-retired superheroes who come together after one of their old comrades is murdered. As they slowly get back into touch and get back into being superheroes, their investigation of the murder uncovers a much larger conspiracy.
So anyways, the comic is incredibly rich and detailed, and I thought a good way to show you this would be to just pick a SINGLE page and see all that we can unpack from it.
I’ll go with #2, which features the funeral of the Comedian, and as we see one character, Ozymanadias, he flashes back to the last time the group of heroes tried to form a superhero team, an attempt organized by the comically out-of-date Captain Metropolis…
Okay, let’s see a few notable things (spoilers involved)…
1. Ozymandias foreshadows his later plans – he thinks that a better-organized person CAN change the world
2. Rorschach, in the past, speaks with a normal voice – he hasn’t changed to the voice that he uses in the present.
3. Gibbons adds in a brilliant sequence where Doctor Manhattan checks out Silk Spectre in the first panel, and his (comparably older) girlfriend notices, and in the later panels, we see her giving him a hard time over his glances at the younger woman. Manhattan, of course, DOES end up with Silk Spectre.
4. Comedian talks trash to Ozymandias at the end, telling him he does not understand the reality of the world. The irony there, of course, is that when Comedian eventually discovers Ozymandias’ secret plans, HE cannot handle it – and this is a guy who has done some crazy, messed up crap.
that’s the important stuff, but I guess you can also discuss how Doctor Manhattan is first being seen as an “Imperial Weapon” at the time, 1966, which would be when the US was using him during Vietnam.
So yeah, look at all you can unpack out of ONE page!
Imagine if you read the WHOLE thing!
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