is, on its face, a murder mystery story. Try to remember that when reading it, though. Truly, the level of immersion and depth that the book (and I will
call it a book) invokes is astounding, and at one point towards the end, when it reminded me that it's about a guy dying and finding out why, I was blown away at how far Alan Moore
had taken me in the time since the beginning.
But ultimately, the story of Watchmen
is almost boiler-plate. I hesitate to use that word, because it is
good, but it's really not the story that you come to see. It's the characters, and I must say, the characters are magnificent.
From this point forward, there may be (minor) spoilers. It's thirty-six years old, so, you really shouldn't need to worry about it anyhow.
Rorschach was easily my favorite. He was sociopathic and murderous and rigid with a sometimes insane Black And White Morality
, but he also had motive and was honestly trying to do good and, I mean, come on, he was one of the only people who actually did
anything for the first 2/3rds. If there were any character I would say was the real defining member of the fiction, Rorschach would be it. Other characters capture a glimpse of why Watchmen
is amazing, but Rorschach is the embodiment of it, and is all the more awesome for it.
The other characters I liked less (their movie counterparts were better), but even though I had little sympathy for any of them (Nite Owl and The Comedian notwithstanding), they were all good
. That, I think, is Mr. Moore's greatest achievement: creating characters who I wouldn't normally like, and making me care anyhow. That, in and of itself, should speak of the brilliance of the work.