Watchmen's standing in the eyes of Comic Vinians

Do people love Watchmen? Personally I loved it, but I'm wondering if the rest of the community thinks it as good as I do. Perhaps it is way over-hyped, and its given too much good attention that it doesn't deserve...


I know eveyone loves Rorscach tho. If he was any cooler, he would probably freeze the whole universe.
21 Comments
21 Comments
Posted by Xill

I absolutely despised watchmen

Posted by ~The Wanderer~

I liked Watchmen...but surprisingly not Rorschach. He bugged me =/

Posted by Detective

huge fan of Watchmen and Rorschach is one of my favorite characters ever

Posted by AliceHatter

@Xill:

Really? What didnt you like about it? It had one of the greatest stroy lines ever (in my opinion). It tore apart the whole superhero concept. Raised alot of questions about what it right and what it wrong. Regardless of wether or not you liked it, you cant deny that it was revolutionary.

Edited by Storm Rider

Are you talking about the original series or the movie that carried the same name and similar themes? Is the disdain about the movie? This could be the line of distinction between love and hate.

I loved the comics and have read the graphic novel about a half dozen times. The backlash is that it ushered in the "grim and gritty" period and numerous copycats with dubious results, but the upside is that it showed that superhero books in the US  could be intelligent and written from more than a "smash, bang" perspective.

Posted by Sparda

I love Watchmen, both the graphic novel and the movie. It had a great story and Rorschach is one of my all-time favourite characters.

Posted by Slinger
I didn't like it much at all, but I don't like, what's his name, the writer, in general. I think he's a pretentious snob, but I'm willing to admit that my opinion of him may color my opinion of his work. I had a difficult time getting through the book, I thought it was very boring for the most part, and most of the characters were very unlikable. I didn't think any of the twists and turns were especially ground breaking, and thought the ending was just stupid. After reading the book, I certainly had no interest in seeing the movie, which I still haven't seen, and most likely will never see. If I had to rate it, the most generous rating I could give is a 2 out of 5, but I really think it's more of a 1.5.
Posted by Psychotime

Never cared to read past Rorschach finding the Comedian's secret stash.  Never interested me at all.

It has it's place in history, though. It changed everything for it's time, but that's just it. I wasn't alive in it's time. I lived during it's aftermath, and therefore my view of it would be as such.

It may have been ground breaking, but when I finally was on the scene, the ground was already broken.

Posted by Storm Rider
Slinger said:
I didn't like it much at all, but I don't like, what's his name, the writer, in general. I think ... [more]
I am assuming that you read Watchmen rather recently. This is why you didn't find any of the twists and turns "especially groundbreaking": because comics have been borrowing from this story for years. This is the source of all of the stuff you've seen before. It's pretty much impossible to name any superhero fiction, and certainly no mainstream comics published in the US, that came before Watchmen that came even close to treating the subject matter in this way.
Posted by Korg

Watchemen is, objectively speaking, one of the most important things to ever happen to the medium. Personally, it's one of my favorite series ever. It's kind of dense reading, especially if you're not used to having to actually do some reading to understand a comic fully. It's worth the initial effort IMO though, and I get more out of it every time I re-read it.

Posted by Xill

You have to understand that I didn't read hadn't read it until not that long ago, a little bit before speak of the movie spread. I had heard from nearly every one that it was the greatest book of all time, and that it's themes were something only god himself could imagine. Well I read it.
And all of that fell apart. All I was witnessing was not a tale of right and wrong, and strenuous moral decisions, but simply a cold war tale, popoular at that time, whilst delving into the psyche of different anti-hero archetypes. I could understand why at the time it made such an impact. So there you have it, that's why I hate that damned blood covered smiley face icon so much, because it was supposed to dynamic, but all I saw was a simply tale covered in an impressive shell of media. Personally I liked it's opposite Wanted a bit more. It's theme seemed somewhat more compeling to me.            I Guess you consider me a pretty . . . Sick guy huh?

Posted by AliceHatter
@Xill: Yeh I see what you mean. Wanted pretyy much was just the Bad guy version of Watchmen, as much as I do love The Killer and Shithead
Posted by Nerx

The Comedian is the most EPIC hero IMO, rapes and gets away with it... never seen a hero do that before

Edited by AliceHatter
Nerx said:
The Comedian is the most EPIC hero IMO, rapes and gets away with it... never seen a hero do that ... [more]
I dont know if rape is quite an admirable quality in a hero? And surely The Comedian can no longer be considered a hero after his action. Hes not even really an anti-hero. Great character tho!
Posted by Nerx
AliceHatter said:
Nerx said: The Comedian is the most EPIC hero IMO, rapes and gets away with it... never seen a hero ... [more]
I mean shooting a pregnant woman and getting pardoned for it, what power... is he above the law?
Posted by Xill
Nerx said:
The Comedian is the most EPIC hero IMO, rapes and gets away with it... never seen a hero do that ... [more]


I think my point was just undermined
Edited by SUNMAN

Watchemen was okay, but it got really overhyped and overrated. Still it was okay.

Posted by RocketMania

I thought both the Watchmen Graphic novel was brilliant and so was the movie. I actually thought that the movies changed plot ending was actually way better and more intellegent(as in made more sence) than the GN.

Posted by Nerx
Xill said:
Nerx said: The Comedian is the most EPIC hero IMO, rapes and gets away with it... never seen a hero ... [more]
the Comedian is great ( i actually did mean that statement) and Ozymandias for being a flawless villain
Posted by MadHatter2

u cant get better than rorschach!!!!!!!

Posted by CATMANEXE--defunct

love it. graphic novel before movie of course because theres so much more content there,
but it was cool to see it in live action as well. cant wait for version 2.5.