History ComicBook / Watchmen

21st Jul '16 11:46:54 PM klaus
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The plot of ''Watchmen'' begins with the murder of Edward "The Comedian" Blake, also a former American Black Ops technician. Rorscharch who knew Blake begins to suspect that someone deliberately targeted him for his superhero past, and proceeds to warm his former acquaintances: Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II, Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias of a potential new threat. But this return from the past is only the start of a bigger mystery, one that will entangle the lives of both the heroes with that of several other residents in the city of New York City.

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The plot of ''Watchmen'' begins with the murder of Edward "The Comedian" Blake, also a former American Black Ops technician. Rorscharch Rorscharch, who knew Blake The Comedian, begins to suspect that someone deliberately targeted him for his superhero past, and proceeds to warm warn his former acquaintances: Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II, Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias of a potential new threat. But this return from the past is only the start of a bigger mystery, one that will entangle the lives of both the heroes with that of several other residents in the city of New York City.
21st Jul '16 6:05:10 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Defied by Rorschach when listening to Moloch's story about the Comedian breaking into his apartment. He noted that it was completely unbelievable. [[GenreSavvy So it must be true]].

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** Defied by Rorschach when listening to Moloch's story about the Comedian breaking into his apartment. He noted that it was completely unbelievable. [[GenreSavvy So it must be true]].true.



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Ozymandias in executing his master plan. He only reveals his master plan to the heroes AFTER he's had time to enact it. He even lampshades their expectations of EvilGloating and LargeHam tropes one would normally expect for your standard fare villains.
20th Jul '16 12:17:32 AM Tuckerscreator
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A [[TheCape Cape]] who dresses in primary colors and has a letter on his chest ("M" for ''Metropolis'') and a [[TheCowl grim, violent avenger]] of the night are on the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica same team]] together. Also, they're lovers-er I mean, "good friends".
** During Nite Owl and Silk Spectre's sexual encounter in the cockpit of Nite Owl's ship, Laurie's elbow bumps the flamethrower button, sending a [[VisualInnuendo jet of fire across the sky]]...Moore wasn't quite intending for Rorschach to have as big a fanbase as he does.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
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A [[TheCape Cape]] who dresses in primary colors and has a letter on his chest ("M" for ''Metropolis'') and a [[TheCowl grim, violent avenger]] of the night are on the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica same team]] together. Also, they're lovers-er I mean, "good friends".
** During Nite Owl and Silk Spectre's sexual encounter in the cockpit of Nite Owl's ship, Laurie's elbow bumps the flamethrower button, sending a [[VisualInnuendo jet of fire across the sky]]...Moore wasn't quite intending for Rorschach to have as big a fanbase as he does.
19th Jul '16 12:55:26 AM Tuckerscreator
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* DeathActivatedSuperpower: Dr. Manhattan is created after his human self is blown apart atom by atom. The "Squid" was engineered with the ability to broadcast [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]] ParanoiaFuel directly into humanity's brain after its death.

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* DeathActivatedSuperpower: DeathActivatedSuperpower:
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Dr. Manhattan is created after his human self is blown apart atom by atom.
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The "Squid" was engineered with the ability to broadcast [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]] ParanoiaFuel directly into humanity's brain after its death.



* DeathByOriginStory: Subverted and played straight with Rorschach. When his mother died, all he said was "Good". But it was the event when Kitty Genovese was killed and despite multiple people hearing and seeing this event did nothing did he decide to become a vigilante.

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* DeathByOriginStory: Subverted and played straight with Rorschach. When his mother died, all he said was "Good". But it was the event when Kitty Genovese was killed and despite multiple people hearing and seeing this event did yet doing nothing did he decide to become a vigilante.
14th Jul '16 2:12:20 AM LondonKdS
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* CaptainErsatz:
** The entire lead cast, since DC wouldn't let Moore use the Charlton Comics characters he originally wrote the story for. The full list: Nite Owl is ComicBook/BlueBeetle, Rorschach is ComicBook/TheQuestion, Ozymandias is Thunderbolt, Silk Spectre is Nightshade, The Comedian is Peacemaker, and Doctor Manhattan is ComicBook/CaptainAtom. Moore would later admit that it was probably better this way.
** Dr. Manhattan is also a CaptainErsatz for Gold Key's ComicBook/DoctorSolar. Compare Manhattan's original costume in the novel to Solar's; also, both are passive research scientists working on a remote nuclear research base who end up as tools of the government. Note also that Solar spent his first few issues in a new frontier style suit, tie, and Raybans; very sartorial and possibly lampshaded in references to how Manhattan made the double-breasted suit a major fashion look.
** Some of Minutemen are also {{Captain Ersatz}}es for non-Charlton superheroes. Mothman, Comedian and Hooded Justice were MLJ/Archie Comics' the Fly, Black Hood and Hangman, respectively (a carryover from one of Moore's earlier ideas for a superhero murder mystery). The Comedian's status as a patriotic hero is a holdover from this, inspired by Archie's Shield - evidently there was some combining of characters going on. And, as Moore admitted, the original Silk Spectre was based on the Fox Feature Syndicate version of the Phantom Lady.
** Silk Spectre also has a little bit of Black Canary in her makeup, especially as the daughter of a superheroine who takes on Mom's mantle.


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* CastOfExpies:
** The entire lead cast, since DC wouldn't let Moore use the Charlton Comics characters he originally wrote the story for. The full list: Nite Owl is ComicBook/BlueBeetle, Rorschach is ComicBook/TheQuestion, Ozymandias is Thunderbolt, Silk Spectre is Nightshade, The Comedian is Peacemaker, and Doctor Manhattan is ComicBook/CaptainAtom. Moore would later admit that it was probably better this way.
** Dr. Manhattan is also a CaptainErsatz for Gold Key's ComicBook/DoctorSolar. Compare Manhattan's original costume in the novel to Solar's; also, both are passive research scientists working on a remote nuclear research base who end up as tools of the government. Note also that Solar spent his first few issues in a new frontier style suit, tie, and Raybans; very sartorial and possibly lampshaded in references to how Manhattan made the double-breasted suit a major fashion look.
** Some of Minutemen are also {{Captain Ersatz}}es for non-Charlton superheroes. Mothman, Comedian and Hooded Justice were MLJ/Archie Comics' the Fly, Black Hood and Hangman, respectively (a carryover from one of Moore's earlier ideas for a superhero murder mystery). The Comedian's status as a patriotic hero is a holdover from this, inspired by Archie's Shield - evidently there was some combining of characters going on. And, as Moore admitted, the original Silk Spectre was based on the Fox Feature Syndicate version of the Phantom Lady.
** Silk Spectre also has a little bit of Black Canary in her makeup, especially as the daughter of a superheroine who takes on Mom's mantle.
3rd Jul '16 11:38:58 PM Tuckerscreator
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* DefacementInsult: The murder of Silhouette and her partner is punctuated by the words LESBIAN WHORES on the wall.
26th Jun '16 7:11:44 PM spasskysteve
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It's FilmNoir. It's RaygunGothic. It's a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] superhero story. It's a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] superhero story. It's a [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] superhero story -- some say it ''launched'' UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}}. It's SciFi. It's CyberPunk. It's The Music/PirateJenny. It's AlternateHistory. It's [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical Political]]. It's a {{Deconstruction}} of superheroes. It's [[GenreBusting a lot of things.]] It's ''Watchmen,'' and it's, according to some, one of the most influential pieces of literature ever.

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It's FilmNoir. It's RaygunGothic. It's a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] superhero story. It's a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] superhero story. It's a [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] superhero story -- some say it ''launched'' UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}}. It's SciFi. It's CyberPunk. It's The Music/PirateJenny. It's AlternateHistory. It's [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical Political]]. It's a {{Deconstruction}} of superheroes. It's [[GenreBusting a lot of things.]] It's ''Watchmen,'' ''Watchmen'' and it's, according to some, one of the most influential pieces of literature ever.
21st Jun '16 11:23:58 PM JulianLapostat
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The graphical novel was adapted into ([[Film/{{Watchmen}} a film]]) which also resulted in tie-in continuity such as the the prequel game, ''Watchmen: The End is Nigh''. For the first 25 years of its publication history, ''Watchmen'' was a standalone work, albeit one that was highly influential on the mainline continuities. In 2012, DC Comics announced and published a prequel series titled ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' that [[LooseCanon does not involve Alan Moore or Dave Gibbons]], and in 2016, ComicBook/DCRebirth announced and hinted that aspects of the story will finally appear and be incorporated into the normal DC universe.

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The graphical novel was adapted into ([[Film/{{Watchmen}} [[Film/{{Watchmen}} a film]]) film]] which also resulted in tie-in continuity such as the the prequel game, ''Watchmen: The End is Nigh''. For the first 25 years of its publication history, ''Watchmen'' was a standalone work, albeit one that was highly influential on the mainline continuities. In 2012, DC Comics announced and published a prequel series titled ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' that [[LooseCanon does not involve Alan Moore or Dave Gibbons]], and in 2016, ComicBook/DCRebirth announced and hinted that aspects of the story will finally appear and be incorporated into the normal DC universe.
21st Jun '16 11:23:19 PM JulianLapostat
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The graphical novel was adapted into a film ([[Film/{{Watchmen}} Film/Watchmen]]) which also resulted in tie-in continuity such as the the prequel game, ''Watchmen: The End is Nigh''. For the first 25 years of its publication history, ''Watchmen'' was a standalone work, albeit one that was highly influential on the mainline continuities. In 2012, DC Comics announced and published a prequel series titled ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' that [[LooseCanon does not involve Alan Moore or Dave Gibbons]], and in 2016, ComicBook/DCRebirth announced and hinted that aspects of the story will finally appear and be incorporated into the normal DC universe.

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The graphical novel was adapted into a film ([[Film/{{Watchmen}} Film/Watchmen]]) a film]]) which also resulted in tie-in continuity such as the the prequel game, ''Watchmen: The End is Nigh''. For the first 25 years of its publication history, ''Watchmen'' was a standalone work, albeit one that was highly influential on the mainline continuities. In 2012, DC Comics announced and published a prequel series titled ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' that [[LooseCanon does not involve Alan Moore or Dave Gibbons]], and in 2016, ComicBook/DCRebirth announced and hinted that aspects of the story will finally appear and be incorporated into the normal DC universe.
21st Jun '16 11:21:13 PM JulianLapostat
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In 1983, Creator/DCComics acquired the rights to the character lineup of the defunct CharltonComics. In an effort to reintroduce these characters in a big way, DC approached veteran ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' scribe Creator/AlanMoore and asked him to write a story around these characters that was set in Franchise/TheDCU. Upon reading his initial outline, however, DC higher-ups changed their minds and asked Moore to either create new characters (and a new [[TheVerse 'verse]]) or write a story that ''wouldn't'' render all of the characters completely unusable going forward. Moore chose to create new characters, and with artist Dave Gibbons doing illustrating chores, the classic {{Deconstruction}} of the superhero genre made its debut in 1986.

''Watchmen'' is a twelve-issue MiniSeries (September, 1986-October, 1987) about an alternate reality where incognito vigilantes -- inspired by a number of successful pulp style mystery-men -- became a real event until the government outlawed it ([[SuperRegistrationAct the Keene Act]]); one actual superhero with real powers actually exists, due to a FreakLabAccident, and helped the US win the VietnamWar. One of the "masks" -- Edward "The Comedian" Blake, also a former American Black Ops technician -- has just been murdered, and the mystery behind his death (who killed him, and for what purpose) drives the series from murder mystery to SuperHero {{Deconstruction}}.

'''See also [[Film/{{Watchmen}} Film/Watchmen]].'''

There's also a prequel game, ''Watchmen: The End is Nigh'', and a prequel series titled ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' that was released in 2012 [[LooseCanon and does not involve Alan Moore or Dave Gibbons]]. Both Moore and Gibbons insist that the original Graphic Novel is the only real canon for the story, which they consider a one-off.

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In 1983, Creator/DCComics acquired the rights to the character lineup of the defunct CharltonComics. In an effort to reintroduce these characters in a big way, DC approached veteran ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' scribe Creator/AlanMoore and asked him to write a story around these characters that was set in Franchise/TheDCU. Upon reading his initial outline, however, DC higher-ups changed their minds and asked Moore to either create new characters (and a new [[TheVerse 'verse]]) or write a story that ''wouldn't'' render all of the characters completely unusable going forward. Moore chose to create new characters, and with artist Dave Gibbons doing illustrating chores, the classic {{Deconstruction}} of the superhero genre made its debut in 1986.

''Watchmen'' is
1986, and in its original run, was comprised of a twelve-issue MiniSeries (September, 1986-October, 1987) about an set in a realistic alternate reality where that mirrors the early 20th Century except that incognito vigilantes -- inspired by a number of successful similar in kind and nature to the pulp style mystery-men -- became a real event until heroes of novels and republic serials actually existed, serving as costumed vigilantes man of varying levels of efficacy. The world is drastically altered with the government arrival of Dr. Manhattan, an actual super-powered being, the result of a FreakLabAccident. The latter half of the 20th Century sees the US winning the VietnamWar and as a result of the presence of Dr. Manhattan, a greatly escalated UsefulNotes/ColdWar. At the start of the story, much of the original vigilantes were retired or dead, outlawed it by ([[SuperRegistrationAct the Keene Act]]); one actual superhero Act]]), with real powers actually exists, due to a FreakLabAccident, and helped only Rorscharch still operating as an unreconstructed masked hero.

The plot of ''Watchmen'' begins with
the US win the VietnamWar. One murder of the "masks" -- Edward "The Comedian" Blake, also a former American Black Ops technician -- has just been murdered, technician. Rorscharch who knew Blake begins to suspect that someone deliberately targeted him for his superhero past, and the mystery behind proceeds to warm his death (who killed him, former acquaintances: Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II, Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and for what purpose) drives the series Ozymandias of a potential new threat. But this return from murder mystery to SuperHero {{Deconstruction}}.

'''See
the past is only the start of a bigger mystery, one that will entangle the lives of both the heroes with that of several other residents in the city of New York City.

The graphical novel was adapted into a film ([[Film/{{Watchmen}} Film/Watchmen]]) which
also [[Film/{{Watchmen}} Film/Watchmen]].'''

There's also a
resulted in tie-in continuity such as the the prequel game, ''Watchmen: The End is Nigh'', Nigh''. For the first 25 years of its publication history, ''Watchmen'' was a standalone work, albeit one that was highly influential on the mainline continuities. In 2012, DC Comics announced and published a prequel series titled ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' that was released in 2012 [[LooseCanon and does not involve Alan Moore or Dave Gibbons]]. Gibbons]], and in 2016, ComicBook/DCRebirth announced and hinted that aspects of the story will finally appear and be incorporated into the normal DC universe.

Both Moore and Gibbons insist that the original Graphic Novel is the only real canon for the story, which they consider a one-off.



* StealthSequel: Oddly enough, [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]] is this to the series, specifically, the ''ComicBook/TheNew52''. It was revealed by a major {{retcon}} from ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'' that DC's entire post-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' setting was the result of Doctor Manhattan's interference in the timeline.
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