1. RICK

    I hope you’ll read it soon and that you’ll like it (but not fall in love with it). Not just for the reason that the film might ruin it a bit for those who haven’t read it, but also because I think the older you get the less you see the appeal. I thought the trailer had this one telling bit — the Smashing Pumpkins soundtrack. That it’s either more self-aware in the MO of its adaptation/translation or that it unintentionally serves as a revealing bit of how adolescent it all really is (most specially, how so much of the appreciation of it).

    It’s good. And it deserves the highest praises, and to be amongst the top lists of comics. But the reasons for the fandom’s appeal to it is so unexamined, and so utterly pathetic * (immediatly recognizable by the effect it had on superhero fiction) — I mean, it becomes no surprise when you see that there are readers who think Rorsharch is Teh Cool Character (and why Batman and his world basically became that character for years to come) or whatever other embarassing form of ‘missing the fucking point’.

    * Possibly including here Zack Snyder as well. “It’s not a PG-13 movie, it’s a R-rated film. Like, ‘Wow, did I just saw a woman getting raped by one of the main characters here?’, so that spirit I want to maintain.” So, yeah. Imagine someone “being influenced by Kubrick” by having their characters have cocks on their noses…


    Two Graphic novels/comic books have made me go “woah” after reading them. (Bare in mind my stack of finished liturature is much, much smaller then yours) Now, I don’t mean the “woah” of enlightenment, like when someone discovers the secret of the universe or the “woah” of discovery like when a group of guys discovers that the have just enough money to buy another round of beer so long as they don’t tip the waitress(cheap bastards). This is more like the “woah” of perfection. When a ending goes so perfectly with begging even if you hate it the out come. The puzzle peices fit perfectly and your awed sort of thing. I could be more easil woah’ed then your self though. If this dosn’t make a bit a sence just ignore it as I am moving on.

    The two books that this happend was first Watchman. (Yeah. You look real surpised. No, I don’t have a hidden camera on your lap top that lets me view the expressions on your face. Why do you ask?) The secound was a manga called Death Note. A Death God/Grim Reaper drops his Death Note in the human world and a 17 year old boy named Raito finds it. The rules are simple. Write a name. Think of the face. The person dies. If a type of death is not specified the person dies of a heart attack. So, Raito decides to writ down the names of “scum.” Imagine what aworl would be like with out all the bad peopl in it.

    You might try reading Death Note, or watching the very close anime if you prefer, before trying Watchman. Sometimes reading one book can help you read another. The series is much longer and you have to read the panels from right to left, but you can read it for free here http://www.onemanga.com/Death_Note/ so their is no money loss on your part.

    Their are certain books you should read before you die (It takes forever to get a library card in heaven and hell only lets you read things by Dan Brown, R.L. Stein, and richard simmons.

  3. @Gotham: I get that. I had similar whoa feelings with my favorite novels. And one comic book (X-Men’s The Age of Apocalypse storyline; what do you think got me interested in time travel in the first place?). But I loved your last paragraph. Hysterical.

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