Watchmen finale gave us answers but we still have questions

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Watchmen finale gave us answers but we still have questions

The Untold Truth Of Watchmen


Much the generally-accepted knowledge about Watchmen and its making would likely be loudly shouted down by the book's creators Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The inspirations for Watchmen its creators' intentions and the contributions each brought to the table are often misunderstood or overlooked. It's a strange irony that in a medium as concerned with images as comic books the writers tend to get most of the attention. Watchmen is no exception. As the comic's artist Dave Gibbons said when he spoke to Wired in 2008: "People unacquainted with graphic novels including journalists tend to think of Watchmen as a book by Alan Moore that happens to have some illustrations. And that does a disservice to the entire form." While being interviewed by Neil Gaiman in 1987 Gibbons said it was his idea for the cover of Watchmen #1 to be of the now iconic blood-smeared smiley face.

It was Gibbons with Moore's input who designed the physical appearance of the characters. And perhaps most significantly it was Gibbons who brought life to Watchmen's world. Watchmen was one of a number of superhero comic book series published in the mid-'80s that are often associated with one another because they're said to explore the notion of superheroes as fascist figures. Examples include Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Marvel's Squadron Supreme in which superheroes with good intentions nevertheless turn the U.S. into a totalitarian state. With brutal scenes in Watchmen of the Comedian and Dr. Manhattan killing Vietnamese soldiers and civilians Rorschach torturing victims for information or the Minutemen using their abilities and technology to break up protests it's easy to see why readers make the association with fascism. But in a 1987 interview Alan Moore said his Watchmen characters weren't fascists. "Rorschach's not a fascist; he's a nutcase. The Comedian's not a fascist; he's a psychopath.

Dr. Manhattan's not a fascist; he's a space cadet. They're not fascists. They're not in control of their world." Arguably Moore's stated intentions were much more damning toward superheroes than any series before or since. Moore said he and Gibbons weren't trying to reveal a fascist leaning in superheroes: "Our intention was to show how superheroes could deform the world just by being there not that they’d have to take it over just their presence there would make the difference." When talking about what is unique about Watchmen the darker subject matter and the violence are the focus for most. What's too often forgotten are the visual innovations it brought to comic books. Take the covers which were devoid of fight scenes or heroes posing. They included a Rorschach drawing a torn black-and-white photo and a spinning perfume bottle. Each cover was part of the first panel of each issue. In a 1987 interview Dave Gibbons said: "The cover of the Watchmen is in the real world and looks quite real but it's starting to turn into a comic book a portal to another dimension."

A perfect example was its fifth issue titled "Fearful Symmetry." Each page and panel of Watchmen #5 was designed to act as a mirror to its opposite. Likewise the scenes of each page mirror their opposites. It isn't a secret that the psychotic Rorschach was based on the former Charlton Comics hero known as the Question. But what you may not know is that Rorschach and his predecessor had a chance to meet one another. Kind of. In The Question #17 Vic Sage a.k.a. The Question finds himself leaning toward more brutal tactics lamenting the opportunities he's given his enemies because he supposedly hasn't dealt with them harshly enough. While in pursuit of a fugitive Sage takes a plane to Seattle and picks up a copy of Watchmen at the terminal newsstand to read on the flight. He doesn't like Rorschach's bigotry but he's impressed with his skills in violence. He falls asleep on the flight and dreams of the death of a private eye he knew except in the dream Sage is Rorschach instead of the Question. When he lands and starts working on his case he finds himself asking "What would Rorschach do?"

When a crook takes him out with a gun-butt to the head Sage utters Rorschach's signature "Hurm." Toward the end of the comic he regrets trying to emulate the more ultraviolent hero. When he's cornered by the crooks and they ask if he has any last words Sage responds "Yeah. Rorschach sucks." HBO's Watchmen debuted to rave reviews and pretty quickly a couple of things became clear about the show. First the events of the series take place decades after the events of the original story. Second and more importantly HBO's Watchmen is a continuation of the comic book story rather than the movie. A brief memorable scene in the first episode confirms it. As Angela Abar drives her son home from school the city of Tulsa is pelted with a heavy torrent of tiny squid-like creatures. In the Watchmen graphic novel we learn Adrian Veidt aka Ozymandias is behind a conspiracy to violently bring about a utopia. Veidt recruits the world's best scientists to create a fake alien behemoth that he then transports to New York City the hope being that the world's powers will stop fighting each other and unite to face this new threat.

In the 2009 film this was changed so that Veidt manufactures an attack that appears to be from Doctor Manhattan with the same results. Since we know the alien squid isn't in the film HBO's Watchmen can only be a continuation of the graphic novel. It could be these squid storms will be what uncovers Veidt's conspiracy and we're already seeing hints of that. In Watchmen's second episode a news vendor is spouting conspiracies to a man delivering newspapers. One of the things Watchmen is known for is its alternate history. In the graphic novel Richard Nixon is serving his fifth term as president and the civil rights battles won in the '60s and '70s never happened because the superheroes were there to stop the protests. So when the first episode of Watchmen opens with a 1921 race massacre on the streets of Tulsa you might think this is more fictional world-building but it isn't. The Tulsa race massacre happened in the real world and if anything Watchmen only shows the tip of the iceberg. The 1921 Tulsa massacre has been largely lost from our history books because of systematic attempts to cover up the events. The Los Angeles Times reported: "In the aftermath of the killings attempts were made to cover up the events.

Stories were removed from newspaper archives and some official accounts were destroyed." This is likely part of the reason why the official death count of the massacre is 36 but more recent estimates put the number closer to 300 killed along with around 800 injured. According to the Times story the massacre began after news circulated that a black man had assaulted a young white woman in an elevator though later reports suggested he may have tripped and fallen onto the woman on accident. The white rioters supported by the Ku Klux Klan not only killed and injured black citizens but they destroyed the black-owned businesses of Tulsa places so successful that Booker T. Washington had coined the community as the quote "Black Wall Street of America." If you're familiar with the graphic novel the movie or both then one of the biggest differences you'll notice right away is that in HBO's Watchmen the masked men and women are working with the cops. In the original story the Keene Act makes masked vigilantes illegal except for those working for the government. "Congress is pushing through some new bill that's gonna outlaw masks. Our days are numbered." The only heroes we see employed by the feds are the Comedian Doctor Manhattan and Silk Spectre.

The rest of the heroes are either officially retired or like Rorschach renegades who the police would love to get their hands on. So it's something of a shock when with the exception of the Rorschach-inspired Cavalry all of the masked people of HBO's Watchmen are police. It seems likely this is a result of the White Night an event that took place some years before the events of the series where the Cavalry broke into the homes of most of the Tulsa PD and killed the officers and their families as they slept. Most of the survivors immediately resigned though Angela and Chief Judd Crawford refused to back down. So presumably part of the reason for the masks is to protect the officers and their families. But certain officers apparently get special designation and rise above the yellow-masked rank and file. There's Angela aka Sister Knight Looking Glass the Red Scare Pirate Jenny and Panda. At least one character from HBO's Watchmen also appeared in the graphic novel: Adrian Veidt aka Ozymandias. In the first episode Veidt enjoys himself on a vast idyllic castle property that he appears to share with two beloved servants. They serve him a cake with a single candle and gift him with an old pocket watch. He tells them he's written a play he wants the pair to star in called The Watchmaker's Son.

This is a little strange already because you'd think in his waning years the man who believes he saved the world would want to write about himself. But if you know Watchmen then you know the Watchmaker's son can only be Doctor Manhattan. Things get a lot weirder in the second episode. We learn who we thought were Veidt's only servants are part of a series of identical clones. Veidt watches a rehearsal of his play which climaxes with the accident that turns Jon Osterman into Doctor Manhattan including pyrotechnics that kill the actor playing him. "Three two one." No one seems particularly upset with this and Veidt directs his clones to put the dead actor in the basement with the others. What's not as dramatic but still noteworthy is that his servants bring him another cake but this time with two candles. Assuming these events happen concurrent to what's going on in Tulsa we know a year hasn't passed which suggests the cake isn't a birthday cake after all but something else. The image of the watch recurs over and over again in the Watchmen graphic novel. Each chapter ends with a ticking clock. The fourth chapter "Watchmaker," goes back and forth in time through the lens of Doctor Manhattan's non-linear point of view. The symbol on Doctor Manhattan's forehead looks something like a watch face though it's meant to be an atom as does the blood-splattered smiley face that's become so iconic in reference to Watchmen.

HBO's Watchmen continues this tradition in images and sounds. There's of course the foreboding "tick tock" chant of the Rorschach-inspired Seventh Kavalry. "Tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock..." When the Tulsa PD raids a Cavalry safehouse we learn the group is using old lithium batteries from watches to build some kind of weapon. And there's the pocket watch Adrian Veidt's servants give to him as a present along with the name of his play The Watchmaker's Son. What does it all mean? On one hand just as in the graphic novel the watches serve as a countdown to something cataclysmic. This is also likely the reason why the candles on Veidt's cakes increase by one each episode. On the other hand Watchmen has always been very concerned with time and how we perceive it so the watches are a constant reminder of our strange relationship with time. HBO's Watchmen hasn't forgotten its roots and the evidence is everywhere. There are plenty of callbacks to the graphic novel including technological advances clearly inspired by the heroes of the source material. In the first episode after some of the Kavalry members try to escape with their homemade bomb in a small plane Judd and Pirate Jenny follow in what appears to be the Owlship from the comic.

In the second episode we see someone in a winged get-up inspired by the Watchmen hero Mothman. He falls out of the sky while the police are investigating the crime scene where Judd was hanged and the Red Scare beats the winged interloper for his trouble. Apparently in the world of Watchmen Mothman technology is their version of drones. There's also a "historical" show about the Minutemen called American Hero. By the second episode we get an entire bloody brutal scene involving Hooded Justice and a group of robbers. The hero was only seen in flashbacks in the Watchmen graphic novel and he's a perfect addition here. Considering his hood the noose imagery Judd's death and his seeming secret KKK past there's something disturbingly poignant about Hooded Justice in this narrative. Check out one of our newest articles right here!

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