The movie — the hottest teen thing since, well, the last hottest teen thing — is rated R. My year-old saw it at the midnight show last night and said it was over-the-top brilliant, and over-the-top violent. My colleague A. Not my kind of movie.
A great deal occurs in the third issue of Watchmen. Laurie and Dan get their taste for superheroics reinvigorated when they are jumped in an alley. Doctor Manhattan is confronted on television for allegedly giving cancer to people around him due to his super powers. He leaves Earth for Mars. Rorschach continues with his theory that someone is trying to plot against the superheroes. Then, a third hand appears.
Watchmen , the landmark comic series from writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons , manages to be many things, all at once. Cold War paranoia disguised as a superhero whodunit. A defining growing-up moment for the art form. A deconstruction of the idea of a comic book in general. A guiding light for the angriest people on the internet to read the exact wrong way.