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Old September 1 2008, 11:58 PM   #15
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Re: Watchmen-The graphic novel

That's all you got out of it? No symbolism, no subtext, no historical context?

Plainly the sort of stuff that inspires terminal enthusiasm in a certain kind of young person.
And what about enthusiasm in mainstream critics and college professors? On the contrary, while I appreciated Watchmen a great deal when I first read it at the age of 17, I found that it grew and grew with subsequent readings over the years, particularly when I shared the book with others and we thoroughly discussed matters such as character motivations and symbolism. There are layers of depth in this book to be delved into.

I'm reminded of what Luthor tells Miss Tessmacher in Superman: "Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it's a simple adventure story."
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