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Minutes to Midnight: Twelve Essays on Watchmen

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  85 ratings  ·  13 reviews
MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT examines WATCHMEN from a variety of perspectives and uncovers surprising answers about the history of scientific theory, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, WATCHMEN's murder mystery, Rorschach and Steve Ditko, the secrets of Captain Metropolis and the Minutemen, whether the Comedian was right, who shouldn't read WATCHMEN, and how the motion picture adapta ...more
Kindle Edition, revised 1st, 180 pages
Published January 27th 2012 by Sequart Research & Literacy Organization (first published October 2010)
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As famous as Watchmen is for its depth and literary value, there's surprisingly little official published material on the topic. This is a great place to start, though. Twelve essays, all very readable, and in addition to the expected analysis of its symbolism and themes you get some unexpected surprises: analysis of whether Watchmen's core mystery story measures up as a mystery; a look at how music weaves through the story and bolsters its themes; lost secrets of the Watchmen setting that only ...more
Julian Darius
Mar 15, 2012 Julian Darius rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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This is a superb and concise collection of thoughtful essays on Watchmen by some of the biggest names in comics scholarship, along with some qualified newcomers. It contains several essays that had me thinking for hours after I read them. My own essay covers WATCHMEN and revisionism, trying to place the mini-series within the context of comics history. It also examines WATCHMEN as a parallel universe, in which the changes from our own timeline go back further than one might suspect. This is a re ...more
The essays collected are of varying quality.
Especially the first few were a bit annoying. As so manny things written by fans the first essay suffers from differentiating between real fans and those other people who only follow the hype (because you could not possibly be a real fan who really understands Watchmen, if you didn't read comics since the 60s....). The piece about Watchmen and science I found almost unreadable (maybe it would be better, if I understood string theory?).
However, there a
Another one from a first reads giveaway. I'm really glad I won this one. As someone who hasn't read many comics from before the 80s and didn't read Watchmen until after the movie was announced, I was impressed by all of the information and history. I can't really speak on behalf of fans who have been reading comics since the golden age, but at my own level of interest in comics, this was very educational. Though I didn't agree with every opinion in the book (something I imagine would be one heck ...more
Is it possible to over analyze something? Oh hell yes it is, but since that's the whole point of Minutes to Midnight: Twelve Essays on Watchmen we shan't criticize it for that. I certainly don't agree with all of the opinions in the book (I don't think anyone could) but I found all the essays to be interesting, well reasoned and well written. It was educational and thought-provoking beginning to end, especially for me as someone who a) was not around when Watchmen was new and b) has never been a ...more
Some of these essays were thoughtful, well-written, and interesting, and gave me some new ideas about the book and the film. Some of them were, uh, not those things. If they were my students, I'd call them on unsupported claims and undeveloped ideas. Plus at least one tries to do something with quantum mechanics and, as far as I know anything about QM, just shits the bed. Worth a look if you liked Watchmen, but skip the ones that don't seem like they're going anywhere.
To a individual not versed in the comic-book, sorry graphic novel, world this is a pretty interesting book.
If you are one of the million readers who got interested in the Watchmen universe after you saw the movie this is almost a must read. It explains details, circumstances and a slew of things that will open new perspectives on the graphic novel itself.
To novice readers this book comes highly recommended and to experienced ones also because they should also find something that they overlooked.
Thus review is based on a free copy of the book received from the publisher through the Godreads First Reader program.

This is the story of a little comic that could. To be precise it is WATCHMEN. Who know in 1986 that a comic (more like a graphic novel) would come out that would influence most that followed.

Watchmen set a tone, it set an ethos, it embraced a future that was slightly different yet relateable.

There are insights into the phenomonon (sic)by respected commentators in this filed and t
Variable- from über geeky to interesting. The essays consider different aspects of watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, and the film adaptation.
Excellent series of essays which examine what is probably the greatest graphic novel of all time and its perspectives of crime literature, the superhero genre, Cold War, nuclear proliferation, science, irony and Chandleresque noir among other things. I would recommend reading this after having first read Watchmen, and then reading Watchmen a second time after reading the essays. It will open your eyes to so much more about the graphic novel.
While the essays are rather uneven in quality, there aren't any I would call bad. Overall, the book is quite good, providing both insight into Watchmen and its place in the genre of comic books, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in Watchmen.

Disclosure: I received a complementary copy of the book through Goodreads First Reads.
I must confess that I didn't finish the essay about Watchmen and Science, but read all of the others.
I liked it a lot, it brought up things that I didn't notice reading Watchmen and it was so fun to open Watchmen and look at the pages again and look at it with a different/new set of eyes.
Julian Darius
Mar 13, 2012 Julian Darius rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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