Who Watches The WATCHMEN?

I have been waiting to see "The Watchmen" movie since the premiere of "Batman: The Dark Knight". The crowd for the midnight showing of the latest Batman movie, who had previously been very rowdy, sat in shock and awe at the epic greatness that is "The Watchmen". The trailer inspired me to go and read the classic, I had only heard of the graphic novel through word of mouth during one of my many comic debates amongst friends before seeing the preview.

To my surprise I found that "The Watchmen" is unique in that it is not a super hero comic so much as it is a murder mystery that involves "costumed heroes". I found this to be a very refreshing concept, even though the graphic novel was published in parts from September of 1986 to October of 1987 (which is before I was born). However there have not been many comics since then to reach the level of captivation that this story has. What really struck me is how, the author, Alan Moore asks the question, "What makes a person put on a mask and fight crime?" Furthermore, he asks, "If they're watching us who is watching them?" In stories like Superman you know that Clark Kent's morals are as bullet proof as his skin, but what if he wasn't such a goodie two-shoes? Then how would you feel about an impenetrable flying alien?


The acclaimed graphic novel is written masterfully and has the potential to transition well into film. Hopefully director Zack Snyder does well with this adaptation of this cult classic.


"The Watchmen" is set to be released on March 6th, 2009

3 comments:

parallel_lovers | February 5, 2009 at 6:48 PM

AMAZING article! I cannot wait to see it!

parallel_lovers | February 5, 2009 at 6:49 PM

AMAZING article! I cannot wait to see Watchmen!

Michael | February 6, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Watchmen is easily the best graphic novel ever written. Alan Moore, along with Frank Miller and other creators during the 80s, did alot to deconstruct and complicate the superhero mythos.

If you like Watchmen, you may also like Alan Moore's "America's Best Comics" line. It's a more tongue and cheek/campy approach to superheroes but employs many of the same storytelling techniques that he used in Watchmen.