Watchmen, A Comic Book

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Watchmen is a revolutionary piece of literature. It is technically a comic book, some prefer to call it a graphic novel. There is a negative connotation that goes along with that. Graphic novels are frequently presumed too childish and fantastic to actually teach any insightful lessons or even make you ponder them at all. Watchmen is a graphic novel that transcends this undue criticism of comic books. It is, “One of the first instances ... of [a] new kind of comic book ... a first phase of development, the transition of the superhero from fantasy to literature." (Klock, pgs. 25-26)
Alan Moore’s story offers an immersive and complex plot that raises all sorts of moral questions. It is an extraordinary work of literature that occupies a well
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He gets a job as an unskilled worker in the garments industry. He is horrified to see in the newspaper: the murder of a familiar customer. He retells the tale to his shrink,
“Raped. Tortured. Killed. Here. In New York. Outside her own apartment building. Almost forty neighbors heard screams. Nobody did anything. Nobody called cops. Some of them even watched. Do you understand? Some of them even watched. I knew what people were, then, behind all the evasions, all the self-deception. Ashamed for humanity, I went home.” (Watchmen, pg. 188)
This event pushed Kovacs into donning his vigilante persona. However, Rorschach, according to Walter, was not created then. He didn’t become “Rorschach” until later in his crime-fighting career. Walter was forever changed after investigating a gruesome case, in which a little girl was kidnapped, murdered, and fed to the perpetrator’s dogs. After solving the case, Rorschach comments,
“It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us. Only us. Streets stank of fire. The void breathed hard on my heart, turning its illusions to ice, shattering them. Was reborn then, free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world. Was Rorschach.” (Watchmen p.204)
Rorschach viewed the world exclusively in black and white. One can surmise this was the reason for his mask, which consisted in ever changing Rorschach ink blots. When faced with a moral dilemma, Rorschach
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