The graphic novel Watchmen, created by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons, has been considered a work of genius where Moore critiques and deconstructs the superhero concept using an alternate history where superheroes (costumed adventurers) existed during the 1940’s and 60’s.
As a backdrop, during the 1940’s, men and women donned masks and fought crime. After those heroes retired, a new breed of masked vigilante took up the reins in the 60’s and 70’s. These heroes banded together in a group to better fight crime and dubbed themselves the Watchmen, watching over a helpless public. The members of the Watchmen were mostly normal humans with the exception of Doctor Manhattan, having received power over the building blocks of matter after an unfortunate lab accident. The Comedian was the only hero still active from the 40’s, joining with Night Owl and the Silk Spectre who carried on the names and legacies of older vigilantes. Rounding out the team was super- genius Ozymandias and the unstable Rorschach. ...Show More
The team fought villains such as Moloch the Mystic until the government passed the Keene Act in 1977. This law banned all non-government sanctioned superheroes, leaving the Comedian and Doctor Manhattan the only members with official superhero status. The others retired except for Rorschach, who remained active despite being a fugitive. Things were quiet until 1985 when the Comedian was murdered. Rorschach began an investigation and theorized that someone was murdering “retired” superhero vigilantes. Night Owl and the Silk Spectre joined with Rorschach in his mission to prove a conspiracy. Doctor Manhattan left Earth due to unsubstantiated proof that his very presence was a cancerous agent. Ozymandias remained aloof during the investigation, having retired from super heroics a few years before the passing of the Keene Act.
At the same time, Watchmen is a story within a story as Moore tells a comic tale, Tales of the Black Freighter, in a comic book read by a youth in New York City within the Watchmen story. The pirate themed comic story, “Marooned” serves as an allegory for what goes on in the Watchmen universe, itself a comic in the hands of the reader). The protagonist, turned villain, is a visible reflection to Adrian Veidt, who, in the course of trying to save his family from disaster is forced to use his dead comrades as a means to an end, unfortunately, an inevitably, destroying that which he sought to save.
Throughout Rorschach’s investigation, the threat of nuclear war with Russia and the United States looms ever closer. This intensified after Doctor Manhattan left Earth; being a living nuclear deterrent for the United States. While the heroes tried to uncover the mystery of the “Mask Killer,” a deeper, more sinister plot percolates to the surface. After Silk Spectre convinced Doctor Manhattan to return to Earth, they join Nite Owl and Rorschach at Ozymandias’ Antarctic retreat for a climactic confrontation. The conflict ends with the Watchmen struggling over a moral dilemma; one that not every member would walk away from. This is a fantastic story with deep allegories that will most likely only be found after a second reading of the book. You can purchase Watchmen merchandise, apparel and Watchmen t-shirts here.Show Less
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