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Old 03-01-2009, 06:00 PM   #126
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Picked up the book yesterday. Always been a comic book fan but never read Watchmen. I guess I got stuck in my ways reading Spidey and Bats and didn't like the ideas of a new take on the genre.
I am not a sheep and got sick of the hype and the "Oh you must have read Watchmen if you call yourself a comic book fan!"

Anyway, curiousity got the better of me 20ish years on. Half way through and well it's...erm...different. Kind of predictable and almost mysanthropic like I expected of Moore (A very British writing sensibility). Enjoying it so far though.

If they can translate the source material to film (from the trailers it look like they have it spot on) fans should be pretty pleased.
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Old 03-01-2009, 06:07 PM   #127
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Picked up the book yesterday. Always been a comic book fan but never read Watchmen. I guess I got stuck in my ways reading Spidey and Bats and didn't like the ideas of a new take on the genre.
I am not a sheep and got sick of the hype and the "Oh you must have read Watchmen if you call yourself a comic book fan!"

Anyway, curiousity got the better of me 20ish years on. Half way through and well it's...erm...different. Kind of predictable and almost mysanthropic like I expected of Moore (A very British writing sensibility). Enjoying it so far though.

If they can translate the source material to film (from the trailers it look like they have it spot on) fans should be pretty pleased.

In this day and age with the hype surrounding the movie, it's normal for the graphic novel to not meet high expectations.

It's hard to explain what I think of Watchmen.

It's not my favorite graphic novel, it's up there, but not my favorite. But I do think it's the best graphic novel of all time. Like, when I started reading it and then finished it I just nodded and said, "Yup. I could see why people say this."

I enjoy reading it. I've read it more than once. And I love it. But I don't know, I get more joy out of other graphic novels. I can't explain it really.

I believe Watchmen is the best graphic novel there is but just not my favorite.

Make sense?
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Old 03-01-2009, 06:08 PM   #128
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i didn't read it til recently too. I didn't really find it all that "different", or a new take. but that's obv cause i read it 20 years later from when it changed comics to be like it. i think it's aaaawfully wordy, which is a moore thing i guess. i'm not big on massive text bubbles in comics. all the Mars scenes were really tenuous for me to read.

also, funny how it's turned into a "graphic novel" when it's really a comic mini series since it was released in issues and not all at once.

it's also not one of my favs, but i can see why people dig it. there's a few recent mini-series i dig more
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Old 03-01-2009, 06:14 PM   #129
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Most graphic novels are a collection of individual story arcs though. Plus "graphic novel" sounds better then "comic book mini series" I guess.
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Old 03-01-2009, 06:27 PM   #130
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I agree..although only half way through...I like it but it isn't shaping up to be my favourite all time graphic novel.

Yes, very wordy and a hard read. Now I read a lot of books and this is not to dumb down graphic novels, but the heavy text interupts the flow in a bad way.
Almost tempted to skip a lot of it as it seems to be completeley irrelevent or ephemeral.

I have read several better graphic novels more worthy of such acclaim, but it is good.

Very dated, but good.
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Old 03-01-2009, 06:43 PM   #131
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If you're only halfway through, do not discount the "ephemera". Lots of that stuff is there and contains more tangible substance after you are already acquainted with the whole story.
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:19 PM   #132
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If you're only halfway through, do not discount the "ephemera". Lots of that stuff is there and contains more tangible substance after you are already acquainted with the whole story.

Thanks, bearing with it!
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:03 AM   #133
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I love WATCHMEN, but I believe Moore's FROM HELL is truly his masterpiece. It's an extraordinarily rich work, and in many ways a more impressive accomplishment than WATCHMEN.

Though those of you who dislike Moore's wordiness will also hate it in FROM HELL, where he devotes a single chapter to give its central character one very long, intense speech, far denser than any of the exchanges in WATCHMEN.
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:14 AM   #134
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I love WATCHMEN, but I believe Moore's FROM HELL is truly his masterpiece. It's an extraordinarily rich work, and in many ways a more impressive accomplishment than WATCHMEN.

Though those of you who dislike Moore's wordiness will also hate it in FROM HELL, where he devotes a single chapter to give its central character one very long, intense speech, far denser than any of the exchanges in WATCHMEN.

How did Moore react to the Hughes Brothers' movie..?
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:42 AM   #135
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How did Moore react to the Hughes Brothers' movie..?
Very badly.
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:05 PM   #136
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Most graphic novels are a collection of individual story arcs though. Plus "graphic novel" sounds better then "comic book mini series" I guess.

yeah, technically they're "trades" but whatev. doesn't really matter.
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:19 PM   #137
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yeah, technically they're "trades" but whatev. doesn't really matter.

Yeah you're right. They're more commonly called Trade Paperbacks. I get confused sometimes. Need to take my medicine.
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Old 03-02-2009, 10:16 PM   #138
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I really want to see this movie with a friend only problem is I'm 17 and their 16
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:54 PM   #140
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O.K. Wow, man...I just saw a sneak-peek on the UK's Film 4 channel and Jackie Earle Haley is particpating in the movie! JEH played the tough, dirt-bike-ridin'-home-run-hitter, Kelly Leak, in the original "Bad News Bears" trilogy. He was also in an episode of the "Planet of the Apes" TV series, 1977's "Damnation Alley", 1979's "Breaking Away", "The Love Boat", "The Waltons" and Saturday morning's "Shazam!" on CBS, etc.

Cool to see him working again.




I read "Watchmen" back in the late '80s and am looking forward to the movie. Apparently, he's doing the voice for Rorschach?
Love or hate CGI, the cinematic manifestation of this tale has been waiting for it.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:04 PM   #141
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I read "Watchmen" back in the late '80s and am looking forward to the movie. Apparently, he's doing the voice for Rorschach?

JEH plays Rorschach physically, not just the voice.
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JEH plays Rorschach physically, not just the voice.
Indeed. Rorschach isn't CGI; only his mask is animated.
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JEH also was nominted for an academy award a couple years ago
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:12 PM   #144
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JEH also was nominted for an academy award a couple years ago

Apparently JEH is one of the few aspects people are agreeing on so far about this movie (that he is very good in it)
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Old 03-04-2009, 04:10 PM   #145
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Screw the kiddies!

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Zack Snyder’s comic book adaptation will open in 3,611 playdates, which is the most ever for an R-Rated film. Also, the film will have an extensive midnight film release with 1,600 locations on board, which is a substantial improvement over 300’s 656 midnight opening.

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Old 03-04-2009, 06:29 PM   #146
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I really don't give a damn about this movie I just really really want to take this girl to it
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I really don't give a damn about this movie I just really really want to take this girl to it

Haha, this the one you asked out on V-Day?
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:32 PM   #148
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hope you guys are prepared for giant blue dangling *****
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hope you guys are prepared for giant blue dangling *****

Damn it, caats! I was setting myself up for the punchline!

Nonetheless, well played hahaha.
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Haha, this the one you asked out on V-Day?


That would be the one! I diddn't ask her out though.......... I asked her to an upcoming dance and she said yes so it's looking good for me. But there is another guy that likes her to and in this sort of race there is no silver metal for finishing in second.
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