Friday, December 13, 2013

Comic #10: Watchmen

Author: Alan Moore
Illustrator: Dave Gibbons, John Higgins

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts):  Are they superheros, or vigilantes?  Are they trying to save the world, or destroy it?  What in the world is up with Nite Owl's costume?

This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.
Who watches the Watchmen. Someone does. Someone who's trying to kill them all, one by one. Time's running out for the Watchmen...
~Barnes and Noble Description~

To be honest, I can't seem to get over the ridiculous costume of the Nite Owl.  For some reason I found that terribly distracting, especially when his back was turned.  Killed me!

Overall, a pretty decent story.  Aging, long forgotten superheros are slowly being killed...the United States is on the brink of war...and general dysfunction is rampant.  Moore provides generous back story to flush out the characters and weaves in enough action to keep things moving.

Interestingly, one of the most ruthless characters ends the story as one of the most redeemable.  And I did genuinely like the characters, even the ones I probably shouldn't have.  While I feel like it took me FOREVER to read, I thoroughly enjoyed this classic of a comic books, and I'll definitely be exploring the movie again (which I completely deleted from my database of movie watching experiences)

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