woensdag 10 april 2013

50 Books Challenge 2013 - # 12: Watchmen by Alan Moore

Title: Watchmen
Author: Alan Moore
Story: When even superheroes need saving, you know you've got a major problem. In Watchmen's alternate history, America is on the brink of social combustion. By passing the Keene Act, the government banned vigilante justice, forcing America's greatest superheroes into retirement. Years later, the murder of The Comedian draws old colleagues back into action, but the circumstances behind his death may run far deeper than mere personal vendetta.
Start: april 3rd 2013
End: april 10th 2013
Comment: It's so very different from Frank Miller's "Sin City". In "Watchmen" we follow former superheroes in an alternate history. It's a very clever story, with a political note. Athough it's a dark theme, the comic has a lot of bright colors. For me that contrast doesn't really work. It doesn't have to be black and white, but less outstanding colors would be better in my opinion. In this graphic novel we meet a lot of different characters. I didn't really care much for Laurie Jupiter, Night Owl or Dr. Manhattan. The Comedian and Rorshach are very interesting though. They are the more troubled and extreme characters and they are very well created. My favorite part was actually getting to know Rorshach's background, how he became the man behind the mask. "Watchmen" is indeed a good comic book, but I don't think it's the masterpiece that it's hyped to be.
Rating: 3/ 5

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