Monday, February 23, 2009

Watchmen: Now with more punching

This doesn't exactly fill me with confidence. Here is this same sequence from the comic.

Thats it, thats the entire thing. The comic was violent certainly, but the violence wasn't stylized or glorified in the same way as it is in this clip. The more I see about the movie version, the less I like. I'm sure it'll make a kazillion dollars, but it really seems like the only good thing that'll come out of this is that more people are reading the comic.

Speaking of the comic; DC comics is promoting a group of comics as After Watchmen, comics to be read if you enjoyed Watchmen. Shockingly, I really like the majority of their picks. Saga of the Swamp Thing and Transmetropolitian are especially good. Transmetropolitian is a story of sci-fi gonzo journalism. Basically, update the politics of Watchmen, bring them to the forefront of the story, add the sci-fi stylings of writer Warren Ellis, and you have Transmetropolitian. Swamp Thing is Watchmen writer Alan Moore's first major American comic work. Its not a superhero book, but thematically its very similar to the type of subversive yet still engaging comic book story he later perfected in Watchmen. If you're interested, click through the links to (legally) download the first issue of both comics in pdf format.

Thats it for Watchmen until I actually see the movie. Hopefully all my ranting and raving hasn't discouraged anyone from reading the original. There is a reason why its the most celebrated "graphic novel" of all time and its definitely not gratuitous action sequences. Most of the clips I've seen of the movie make it look like it completely missed the point of the source material.But at the same time, asthetics aside, other scenes appear to replicate the comic faithfully. Maybe context will help the action sequences fit into the story better, maybe not. I guess I'll wait and see on the movie. Meanwhile I'm rereading the comic... even the sections about pirates and text interludes.

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