Tuesday, March 3, 2009

#14 Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

I loved this novel so much, I don't know if I can put it into the correct words. All of the characters are given detailed backgrounds, so you actually understand them all and you know what there motives are, so nothing they do really surprises you.
And it amazes me, as always, how many things parallel things in real life, even though this was written more than 20 years ago. But I guess I can attribute that to the ever worsening conditions of our world. There was so much amazing dialogue, "The world will look up and say 'Help Us,' and I will look down on them and say 'No.'" I also like that he uses quotes at the end up chapters to seal them up nicely.
And now, let me talk about the comic book within the comic book. I love the way Moore used "Black Freighter" to emphasize the story, add subtext and commentary. It was like commentary within the commentary of the story of the Watchmen, and it was amazing. I don't want to give anything away if you want to read this, so I'm just gonna tell you to read it. It will make you think.

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