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Fine Characters, Flawed Reasoning
on February 7, 2010
Alan Moore, whenever he is creating characters is brilliant. It's what he does best. Like any great writer, Moore's characters have more life and depth to them than some flesh and blood people you'll meet in everyday life. His ability to create a world for them to live and interact with is equally outstanding. I was, however, annoyed with Dr. Manhattan's description of his understanding of time. His explanation of which can be torn apart by a freshman physics major. More frustrating was Mr. Moore's conclusion, which I have been told he wrote under the stress of D.C. demanding that he just finish. But I believe that in the way he kills of his most interesting character in the most anticlimactic fashion, misread what a world and American response to a massive and horrifying loss of life, and elevates his least developed character to the position of the most important character of the conclusion to be unsatisfying. I recommend this book, nevertheless, as I think for all its faults, the Watchmen is perhaps at its best the most intelligent graphic novel I have read and at its worse it is no worse than much else that can be found in any comic book.