Author: Alan Moore
Published: 1995 Pages: 416
Genre: Graphic Novel
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Watchmen was my first foray into graphic novels, and I was immediately hooked. I found the characters fascinating and intricate, the illustrations vivid and evocative, and the plotline depressing as hell.... To explain: Moore wrote this in 1985 but it could just as easily been today with minor changes. Different players but the same game. It's a mad world. It always has been and heaven help us, it always will be. At least that's what it feels like sometimes.
Moore creatively intertwines various stories, highlighting not only our "heroes" but also ordinary people on a street corner. This juxtaposition helps the reader see the hero, the villain, and the victim in everyman.
The ninth requirement for Jenners' Take a Chance Challenge asks participants to write a poetic review using three different forms of verse: haiku, limerick and free verse. Originally, I was going to use a book I read for the challenge, but I thought it would be more fun to write a review of Alan Moore's Watchmen in this form.
Disclaimer: I'm not a poet.
Morality is fluid
A world that is flawed
The human in the hero
There once was a man named Rorschach
Who knew he could never go back
The others copped out
Too filled up with doubt
So he had to pick up the slack
Then and now intertwine
As nuclear power becomes technological power
And Ozymandias becomes Thomas Gabriel
Rorschach is reborn in all our anti-heroes
Manhattan is all who could help but for a broken heart
Moore saw the present and the future
And the future in the present
We can but hope for change,
While we mourn for our loss,
And a World without Heroes. Amen.