For years I have been meaning to read The Watchmen as I was one of the people who has seen the film but never read the graphic novel. After watching the film I remember walking out of the theater thinking that it was too long, and once I had my first glance at the novel, the feelings returned. At first read, I must admit it was very hard for me to focus and dedicate time to the graphic novel. It was very engaging but also very fragmented at times and then I would find myself backtracking to ensure I understood what I had just read. The dialogue had a unique ability to have many different meanings. Sometimes the words would directly correlate to what was being shown in the art and other times it was totally different or scrambled. This again had me flipping back again and again in attempts to keep up with what was going on. At the same time, the storytelling was unlike any of the graphic novels we have yet to read and it was enjoyable. I think what was very interesting is that even after reading a chapter I knew if I had gone back and simply just observed the art in more detail I would be finding all different types of clues and symbols which I am sure would foreshadow events to come. This graphic novel feels like it sets the bar pretty high as far as material, and I don’t think anyone could grasp this material even with two readings. It is this aspect of the work that makes me enjoy the rough process of reading the material more because I have always been interested as well as fascinated with material that contains more than the obvious message. I am looking forward to continuing the graphic novel as much as I am a little frustrated. Thank you for reading my post, I look forward to reading your comments.


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