Monday, November 13, 2006

Who Watches the Watchers

Watchmen is a comic epic. Alan Moore creates a world straight from the crime pulps of the 30's and 40's and makes the hero's that police it outlaws. If you want bright shiny colors and heroes that save the day with a smile and a handshake, you may want to look elsewhere. Watchmen is dark, the heroes do not have superhuman powers (except for one), and they are not afraid to kill the bad guys, be they henchmen, thugs, or masterminds.

The story takes place in New York City in the year of our Lord, 1985. In the late 30's vigilante justice sprung up, inspired by comic books, to take back the streets. As the first wave was calling it quits, a second generation came forth inspired by the first. By 1977 public outcry forced the government to take action and make vigilante justice illegal. New York is a cesspool of crime and corruption. People stand by and watch as neighbors are raped and killed in front of them. Drug use, child pornography, and gangs run rampant. The police are impotent, it is time for the heroes to make another stand.

This story is a dystopia. Whatever could go wrong, has and is continuing to do so. There is no Superman, no perfect boy scout to light the way. The heroes are flawed and some are even mentally unstable. They are not noble and they are not kind. This story is Dark. Not recommended for anyone under 14. They wouldn't really get it and it is too graphic and dark anyways.


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