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BugEyeMidnight's review of Watchmen

sure, I'll watch your Watchmen


4out of 5

by BugEyeMidnight on August 21, 2009

I?m sort of a low to mid-level geek. I love science fiction but I?ve never played an RPG or been to a comic book convention. I grew up reading a comic series and it was my one and only for a while, but I?ve always been interested in this genre and I?ve been delving into it more lately.

I have to say all that because to some people this is a holy book, so if you?re not madly in love with it you need to tread softly and explain yourself.

I like ?Watchmen.? It?s a very good book. I may have even loved it while I was reading it, but I have only read it once; it hasn?t made it onto my ?again and again? list. I keep trying to describe it and I come up with words like ?heavy,? ?meaty,? and ?dark.? They call it a graphic novel for a reason: it?s a grown-up person?s book presented with pictures. The themes are dark. The heroes are mostly human, with all of the vices, short-comings, and problems that implies.

It isn?t an uplifting or particularly moving tale, but it?s not exactly depressing either. I don?t quite know what to say about it. It?s not clear what Moore wanted me to take away after reading his work, which is part of why it?s compelling, I guess. The plot wraps up neatly but you?re left puzzling over what to do about it. It?s a good sort of thing if you like that sort of thing - which I do, I just don?t love it. Maybe it?s because I didn?t fall in love with any of the characters. It didn't change my life, but it was a nice way to spend some time.
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