History Comicbook / Watchmen

25th Sep '16 8:22:43 AM dsneybuf
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->''"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? [[{{Woolseyism}} (Who watches the watchmen?)]]"''

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->''"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? [[{{Woolseyism}} (Who watches the watchmen?)]]"''watchmen?)"''
25th Sep '16 4:10:44 AM jormis29
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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 [[Main/CaptainErsatz Captain Ersatzs]] of the Charlton characters instead, and with artist Dave Gibbons doing illustrating chores, the classic {{Deconstruction}} of the superhero genre made its debut in 1986, its original run comprising of a twelve-issue MiniSeries that ran from September, 1986 to October, 1987. It was collected in softcover shortly after (with a few hardcover special editions appearing over time) and has remained in print ever since.

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In 1983, Creator/DCComics acquired the rights to the character lineup of the defunct CharltonComics.Creator/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 [[Main/CaptainErsatz Captain Ersatzs]] of the Charlton characters instead, and with artist Dave Gibbons doing illustrating chores, the classic {{Deconstruction}} of the superhero genre made its debut in 1986, its original run comprising of a twelve-issue MiniSeries that ran from September, 1986 to October, 1987. It was collected in softcover shortly after (with a few hardcover special editions appearing over time) and has remained in print ever since.



* AllThereInTheManual: Lots of background information (supplied by Moore and Gibbons themselves) about the characters and their equipment can be found in the Watchmen Modules and Sourcebook for the now-defunct DC Heroes RPG.

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* AllThereInTheManual: Lots of background information (supplied by Moore and Gibbons themselves) about the characters and their equipment can be found in the Watchmen Modules and Sourcebook for the now-defunct DC Heroes ''TabletopGame/DCHeroes'' RPG.
21st Sep '16 9:23:33 AM KingZeal
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* MenGetOldWomenGetReplaced: There were originally two female members of the Minutemen team which existed in the 1940s: Silhouette and Silk Spectre. When the Crimebusters formed as their replacements, there were two veterans of the Minutemen: Captain Metropolis and The Comedian. Silhouette was [[BuryYourGays killed after being outed as a lesbian]] and Silk Spectre was replaced by her younger daughter.
11th Sep '16 5:31:15 PM KingClark
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* SequencingDeception: * ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'': Chapter 11: "I did it 35 minutes ago." Also a subversion, as there are clocks ''all over the place'' in both the Karnak scenes and New York scenes so people paying careful attention wouldn't be surprised.

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* SequencingDeception: * ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'': With Chapter 11: "I did it 35 minutes ago." Also a subversion, as there are clocks ''all over the place'' in both the Karnak scenes and New York scenes so people paying careful attention wouldn't be surprised.
31st Aug '16 6:48:37 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* {{Narm}}: InUniverse and {{Deconstructed}} - In the original Night Owl's autobiography, ''Under the Hood'', he reminisces about "the saddest thing he can think of", and tells the story of the time him and his father's employer on the edge of a complete breakdown broke the news that his wife was cheating on him, but despite of this being a great personal tragedy for him, they couldn't help but laugh hysterically at him, as he [[ItMakesSenseInContext was wearing plastic breasts]] and was playing "Ride of the Valkyries" on the record player in his office. They immediately apologized to him afterwards, but their reaction is still what ultimately drove him over the edge, and he committed suicide the same day.

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* {{Narm}}: InUniverse and {{Deconstructed}} - In the original Night Owl's autobiography, ''Under the Hood'', he reminisces about "the saddest thing he can think of", and tells the story of the time him and his father's employer on the edge of a complete breakdown and his eyes full of tears broke the news that his wife was cheating on him, but despite of this being a great personal tragedy for him, they couldn't help but laugh hysterically at him, as he [[ItMakesSenseInContext was wearing big plastic breasts]] and was playing "Ride of the Valkyries" on the record player in his office. They immediately apologized to him afterwards, but their reaction is still what ultimately drove him over the edge, and he committed suicide the same day.
21st Aug '16 12:08:03 PM nombretomado
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* TheComicsCode: Never happened because the government didn't want to condemn comic books due to one of their greatest agents being inspired by comics. As a result, ECComics was never crippled and became DC's main competitor instead of Marvel.

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* TheComicsCode: Never happened because the government didn't want to condemn comic books due to one of their greatest agents being inspired by comics. As a result, ECComics Creator/ECComics was never crippled and became DC's main competitor instead of Marvel.
15th Aug '16 10:55:25 AM fauxtoast
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The plot of ''Watchmen'' begins with the murder of Edward "The Comedian" Blake, a former member of the Minutemen and the Crimebuster who also served as a American Black Ops technician in the Vietnam War. Rorscharch begins to suspect that someone deliberately targeted Blake for his superhero past, and proceeds to warn his former acquaintances in the Crimebusters - Dan Dreiberg (Nite Owl II), Sally Jupiter (Silk Spectre II), 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 the heroes with that of several other residents in New York City.

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The plot of ''Watchmen'' begins with the murder of Edward "The Comedian" Blake, a former member of both the Minutemen and the Crimebuster Crimebusters who also served as a American Black Ops technician in the Vietnam War. Rorscharch Rorschach begins to suspect that someone deliberately targeted Blake for his superhero past, and proceeds to warn his former acquaintances in the Crimebusters - Dan Dreiberg (Nite Owl II), Sally Jupiter (Silk Spectre II), 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 the heroes with that of several other residents in New York City.
15th Aug '16 10:53:17 AM fauxtoast
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A group called the Minutemen (a [[Main/CaptainErsatz Captain Ersatz]] of DC's Justice Society) operate as heroes in post-WWII America, but then the world is drastically altered in the early 60's with the arrival of Dr. Manhattan, an actual ''super-powered'' being, the result of a FreakLabAccident. The latter half of the 20th Century sees the US, with Dr. Manhattan's help, winning the VietnamWar which then leads a greatly escalated UsefulNotes/ColdWar. At the start of the story, much of the original Minutemen are retired or dead, and their successors, the Watchmen, and other heroes are now outlawed from crime-fighting by [[SuperRegistrationAct the Keene Act]] [[note]] ratified in 1977 during Nixon's ''third'' term [[/note]], with most retreating back to their private identities, while a few (like Dr. Manhattan) become notable public figures. Only the emotionally unstable Rorscharch carries on, although his tactics to most paint him more as a vigilante rather than a hero.

The plot of ''Watchmen'' begins with the murder of Edward "The Comedian" Blake, a former member of the Minutemen who then became a American Black Ops technician in the Vietnam War. Rorscharch begins to suspect that someone deliberately targeted Blake for his superhero past, and proceeds to warn his former acquaintances in the Watchmen - Dan Dreiberg (Nite Owl II), Sally Jupiter (Silk Spectre II), 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 the heroes with that of several other residents in New York City.

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A group called the Minutemen (a [[Main/CaptainErsatz Captain Ersatz]] of DC's Justice Society) operate as heroes in post-WWII America, but then the world is drastically altered in the early 60's with the arrival of Dr. Manhattan, an actual ''super-powered'' being, the result of a FreakLabAccident. The latter half of the 20th Century sees the US, with Dr. Manhattan's help, winning the VietnamWar which then leads a greatly escalated UsefulNotes/ColdWar. At the start of the story, much of the original Minutemen are retired or dead, and their successors, the Watchmen, and other heroes Crimebusters, are now outlawed from crime-fighting by the passage of [[SuperRegistrationAct the Keene Act]] [[note]] ratified in 1977 during Nixon's ''third'' term [[/note]], term[[/note]], with most retreating back to their private identities, while though a few (like (including Dr. Manhattan) become notable public figures. Only the emotionally unstable Rorscharch Rorschach carries on, on crime-fighting, although his violent tactics to most paint him more to most as a vigilante rather than a hero.

The plot of ''Watchmen'' begins with the murder of Edward "The Comedian" Blake, a former member of the Minutemen and the Crimebuster who then became also served as a American Black Ops technician in the Vietnam War. Rorscharch begins to suspect that someone deliberately targeted Blake for his superhero past, and proceeds to warn his former acquaintances in the Watchmen Crimebusters - Dan Dreiberg (Nite Owl II), Sally Jupiter (Silk Spectre II), 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 the heroes with that of several other residents in New York City.



The graphic novel was adapted (after several attempts that all spiraled into DevelopmentHell) in 2009 into the film [[Film/{{Watchmen}} Watchmen]], which also spawned a tie-in prequel game, ''Watchmen: The End is Nigh'', that focuses on Nite Owl II and Roscharch. While a very meticulously faithful comic book adaption (save for some tweaking of its final act) reception to it was decidedly mixed. Two longer cuts of the film (the "Director's Cut" and the ''three-and-a-half hour'' "Ultimate Cut") made for home video adapt even more of the book in detail. While Dave Gibbons served as a creative consultant on the film, Moore (as has done with most film adaptations of his work) had no involvement and remains uncredited.

'''Warning:''' ''Watchmen'' came out nearly three decades ago, so there will be untagged spoilers from this point forward.

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The graphic novel was adapted (after several attempts that all spiraled into DevelopmentHell) in 2009 into the film [[Film/{{Watchmen}} Watchmen]], which also spawned a tie-in prequel game, ''Watchmen: The End is Nigh'', that focuses on Nite Owl II and Roscharch. Rorschach. While a very meticulously faithful comic book adaption (save for some tweaking of its final act) act), reception to it was decidedly mixed. Two longer cuts of the film (the "Director's Cut" and the ''three-and-a-half hour'' "Ultimate Cut") made for home video adapt even more of the book in detail. book. While Dave Gibbons served as a creative consultant on the film, Moore (as he has done with most the film adaptations of his work) had no involvement and remains uncredited.

'''Warning:''' As ''Watchmen'' came out nearly three decades ago, so there will be untagged spoilers from this point forward.
14th Aug '16 8:51:33 PM BatmanKalEl
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* TheGhost: Soviets -and the Soviet Union in general -are mentioned constantly during all the story but they aren't never see onscreen.

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* TheGhost: Soviets -and --and the Soviet Union in general -are general-- are mentioned constantly during all the story but they aren't never see onscreen.
14th Aug '16 8:50:26 PM BatmanKalEl
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* TheGhost: Soviets -and the Soviet Union in general -are mentioned constantly during all the story but they aren't never see onscreen.
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