Friday, February 27, 2009

We wanna watch Watchmen

Thanks to a very dear friend, I've been introduced to the world of comics, now more popularly known as graphic novels. I haven't read that many though, since graphic novels are quite pricey and I realized that I don't pay much attention to the illustrations. Nevertheless, I've read THE graphic novel -- Watchmen by Alan Moore.

Graphic novel readers in their teens and early20s probably would not like the book's pace. Nothing much happens in the first few pages of the book, and the story only fully reveals itself in the second half of the book. This book has been described as "groundbreaking," and frankly I'm confused by this label. I think probably it's because Watchmen was one of the first graphic novels to have a well-written plot and well-developed characters that do not rely on their superpowers to propel the story. In the world of Watchmen, superpowers are an afterthought. I did enjoy reading it though; the suspense builds up effectively and the ending is very satisfying.

And speaking of superheroes, click here to make your own. I managed to come up with this: