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Old September 2 2008, 08:45 PM   #27
J.T.B.
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Re: Watchmen-The graphic novel

Well, when something is lavishly praised, there is usually a backlash, too. Personally, I am not a superhero comic reader nor do I read much "genre" fiction, graphic or otherwise. I thought Watchmen was outstanding, and really does deserve being placed beside Catch-22, All the King's Men, Gravity's Rainbow and so on, as Time did in its 100 greatest novels of the century list a few years ago.

Aside from its plot and characterization, which are excellent, Watchmen pulled off something structurally that would be hard to do in another medium: Having a story within a story (the pirate comic) as a commentary and counterpoint to the main plot, with art from one story and text from the other intertwining. I don't know how to characterize it other than brilliant writing.

--Justin
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