Note: This take is entirely based on the original comic, with some light
reference to the theatrical film in preparation to watch the HBO series. I am
writing ignorance of the latter.
A lot of the best parts of college come come fast and furious in those early
months after you move in: local food dives, parties, outdoor hangouts, new
friends, new habits, new hobbies, strange professors, strange friends, new
books, new music, and new ideas.
Around October Fall 1995, Watchmen came my way. After having been a fan of
Vertigo’s The Sandman series in high school, I knew that there were serious
comics about adult (not per se sexual, although…) ideas out there, but I
was unaware of just how serious Watchmen was.
Throughout the years, many of Watchmen’s ideas came true:
Additionally, Watchmen itself went through some strange intellectual property
- an original-intent-obscuring movie release that didn’t quite hit the mark
- a direct-sequel series on HBO that was widely-acclaimed and has proven to be a forum
wherein the formidable talent of Regina King was finally recognized
With the desire to watch and grab some of the background context of HBO’s
“Watchmen,” I decided to give the paperback a re-read and see how it’s held up.
Spoilers can be assumed for anyone reading onward.