Addendum, 21Aug2008: Against my better judgment, I changed my mind and decided to read it to the end. And what a silly, stupid ending!! If I could givAddendum, 21Aug2008: Against my better judgment, I changed my mind and decided to read it to the end. And what a silly, stupid ending!! If I could give this a 0, I would. It's entirely possible that I missed the point. Maybe on some level, it is brilliant and it is seminal. But I, for one, did not like it; I did not appreciate it. This is time I will never get back.
Because the movie is coming out next year, Jim said I had to read this. It was the best graphic novel ever written.
I couldn't get through it. I kind of gave up about halfway through. As bad as I thought Pillars of the Earth was, that was still more bearable to me than Watchmen. Sorry (don't even know who I'm apologizing to - maybe the world at large, since so many people did like Watchmen). Just couldn't get into it.
It wasn't that it was dated (that wasn't my issue with it; I'm a firm believer in always learning something from history). It wasn't that the story wasn't compelling (it could've been - what happens to superheroes after they "retire" or are no longer needed/wanted). It was just that I couldn't connect with any of the characters; I found they all left me cold, and maybe that was the point. I like superheroes. I really do. Just not these. To me, a superhero stands for something - they can be dark and vengeful and brooding, they may circumvent the law and turn to vigilantism, they can be arrogant and have character flaws, vices and weaknesses (and these days, they are almost expected to - after all, not everyone can be Superman). But at the end of the day, superheroes stand for something and that something is generally related to the greater good. I may be missing the point of Watchmen; I may not have given it a fair shot; I may even have been predisposed to not liking it (for whatever reason), but regardless, I just didn't get it. I just didn't like it.
Only hope the movie is better. Much better....more
This was a fairly predictable story, which I found quite disappointing, considering it's a Neil Gaiman work. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't that good, eThis was a fairly predictable story, which I found quite disappointing, considering it's a Neil Gaiman work. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't that good, either. At some point, I even wondered if he was going more for the shock factor, above anything else (e.g., when the characters were going through the various rooms during the show). His characters weren't well developed (and I understand that part of the story was the mystery, which is why it started in media res). Still, while I've read worse, I did expect a bit more from it....more