Wombat's Watchmen Issues
By Wombat 08-05-2008 12:24 PM
I was asked this in an Instant Message, two emails and a PM, so I figured it warranted a blog post.
What’s my deal with The Watchmen?
Its not that I don’t like the book, I do. I just don’t love it; I think its “ok”. Here is why. Originally Alan Moore planned on using the Charlton and Fawcett characters that DC had recently acquired. DC had other plans for the characters and Moore was forced to create all new characters that were loosely based of the Charlton stars, Blue Beetle, The Question and Capt. Atom. Here is where things get a bit lost. I don’t like Moore’s Original characters and I feel he missed an opportunity make his point better.
One of the themes in the book (mind I haven’t read it in about 10 years so I may be hazy on details) is about trust and how in Comic Books we always trust the superheroes. We were supposed to blindly believe that in this book that the people trusted these “superheroes”. Here is my problem; the book only has one superhero.
Dr. Manhattan, he is the only character with any real powers. Everyone else in the book is just a guy or girl in a costume. And that doesn’t work for me. Really the book is about a Superman clone and whole bunch of Batmen.
Here’s the Rundown of Moore’s character:
Dr. Manhattan = Superman
Nite-Owl = 50’s-60’s Batman
Rorschach = 70’s Batman
The Comedian = 80’s Batman
Silk Spectre = Batgirl
Ozymandias = Bruce Wayne
It feels so limited to me. Where are the other amalgam characters that Moore could have ‘created”? No Amazon woman, no Martian, no power rings or super speed, no magic? Why do we trust these people with no superpowers? If Moore is trying to deconstruct the comic book and he had a chance to make up his own characters, then why only use two archetypes? That is in a nutshell my “Watchmen” problem, not enough superpowers to “prove” his point.
Batman is unique because he is hero without powers in a world where everyone around him has them. All Moore really does is show us that we shouldn’t trust people in costume with no powers. I think that if the characters in the book had powers of some sort powers and then turned on us, the point would have been clearer. Mind you this is all my opinion and you are welcome to argue with me as much as you’d like, in fact I welcome it.
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|LiK - 08-05-2008, 12:34 PM|
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Updated 08-05-2008 at 02:56 PM by joe2187
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