Posted by: kcgadiyar | October 26, 2008

Sundays with the Watchmen, Week 2: Watchmen#2 review

Paid last respects quietly, without fuss. Edward Morgan Blake. Born 1924, forty-five years a Comedian, died 1985, buried in the rain. Is that what happens to us? A life of conflict with no time for friends… so that when it’s done, only our enemies leave roses. Violent lives ending violently. Dollar Bill, The Silhuoette, Captain Metropolis, we never die in bed. Not allowed. Something in our personalities perhaps? Some animal urge to fight and struggle, making us what we are. Unimportant, we do what we have to do. Others bury their heads between the swollen teats of Indulgence and gratification, piglets squirming beneath a sow for shelter. But there is no shelter. And the future is bearing down like an express train. Blake understood. Treated it like a joke, but he understood. He saw the cracks in society. Saw the little men in masks trying to hold it together. He saw the true face of the twentieth century and chose to become a reflection, a parody of it. No one else saw the joke, so he was lonely. Heard joke once: A man goes to the doctor. Says he’s depressed. He says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. The doctor says “The treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him, that should pick you up.” The man bursts into tears. He says “But doctor… I am Pagliacci.” ” -Rorschach writing in his journal, Watchmen#2.

Week 2, and i am still on time. The review this week is of Watchmen#2 “Absent Friends”. This issue finishes the story setup while giving us a brief history of the Comedians life and his relationship with the other heroes of his time. 

This issue finishes setting up the Watchmen story and flashes back and forth between the Glory days of superheroes and the Funeral of Edward Blake a.k.a The Comedian.

 

The framing device used in this issue is the funeral setting from where we see the Comedians life through Flashbacks. We find out just how much of a cynical view the Comedian had about life, from the secret buried deep in his past, his relationships with other heroes and him turning a deaf ear to Captain Metroplois pleading “Some one has to change the world”, to him chastising Dr.Manhattan for not stopping him from killing a Vietnamese woman. The comedian steals every scene he is present in. We may not agree with his methods, but he is doing what is right as per him.

The story is told through flashbacks. The flashbacks are from the point of view of (in order) Silk Spectre I, Ozymandias, Dr.Manhattan and finally Nite Owl II.

After the very powerfully written Funeral scene, the focus shifts back to Rorschach investigating the murders of Metahumans. He interrogates a former supervillain named Moloch, this scene ends with Moloch saying “You know the kind of cancer you eventually get better from. Thats not the kind i have.”

This leads to one of only 2 times in this whole series when Rorschach acts almost human, as he goes to the gravestone of Edward Blake in what is a brilliant page and is a fitting page full of emotion rendered by Dave Gibbons.

What a book. Thats all i can say after reading this issue. Issue#1 dispensed with most of the setup, it continues to some extent here, but the issue is a very powerful one and can stand on its own merit.

Alan Moore dishes out brilliant dialogue, every character has his/her own voice. This is unlike most writers today who have their characters be completely one-dimensional with no differences in their external voices.

Dave Gibbons provides amazing artwork, the enjoyment of the book is heightened thanks to some brilliant artwork, especially the final page, when Rorschach reaches for the rose.

All in all, 5/5 brilliant issue, and the story rolls along.

Next week, Issue#3.

Until Next Time,

K.C.G

 

Previous Installments:

Week 1: https://irreverentlytimed.wordpress.com/2008/10/19/watchmen1-review/

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Responses

  1. From your reviews atleast, the story appears to be quite captivating… Any Idea where can I procure the series ?!

  2. @ego:

    I had seen a copy of the Watchmen TPB in Forum last time i was in Bangalore. The book shop on the 1st floor, forgot the name.

    U can check there, ask for the graphic novel section.

  3. Ah.. Landmark! Yeah, they should have it. Thanks for the tip.

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