what do you all who like the Watchmen find so special about that book? I personally found nothing that interesting about it and am wondering what I might be missing.
Scale first of all, in terms of apparently unconnected streams being fully connected, the classic being the pirate story comic book in a world of mundane human masked heroes. And yes, it isn't about superheroes, Jon was the only nominee for that category and he was an unlimited god in comparison to any other superhero you could name (I believe
), and yet was still constrained by the diminishing vestiges of his human origin.
The artwork style was a real step down from some of the amazing work that was becoming available until you become aware of the games the artist played throughout, which then demanded poring over every panel to see if you'd missed anything.
The scale of the backstory, history revealed, the relationships of the characters, their characters characteristics themselves, their connection to the times they lived in.
I don't know vel but I do remember first reading it when it came out in Oz, and I was blown away by it. I have read it times since, and it may have lost some of the original impact, but (for me at least), none of the quality.
I deliberately try not to recall any of it (like trying not to think of the colour orange) so I can read it again in a couple/5 years.
Re: the movie version, it was doomed as nearly all movie versions of fan fanatics book based sources are, they just cannot live up to the personal world interaction the readers have already established.
somewhat askew, but if you want a remarkable book (fiction) that explores the golden age of comics with a very different take, I cannot recommend
Kavalier and Clay too highly.http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3985.The_Amazing_Adventures_of_Kavalier_and_Clay
Phew, am I off the grid or what. Just googled for that link, and in passing I just saw they're making (or have made a TV series of the book) not having a TV I'd heard nothing about it (nor had I realised the book had won a pulitzer which I reckon it fully deserved)
And screwt thanks for the names .........more treasure hunting