Personally, I love Watchmen. It's a hard statement to make amidst the superhero hurricane known as Marvel and the movies it blows our way but I truly think Watchmen, and the 2009 movie, are seriously underestimated. Dr. Manhattan is one of my favorite characters of all time and Rorschach's journal is fantastic narration.
It's been a while since Alan Moore's vigilantes have been mentioned until a few days ago when amazing concept art by Adam Brockbank began showing up around the web. The style is familiar in the way it depicts the well known heroes with the dark tones that suit the comic book look.
Rorschach is the most mysterious of all the Watchmen. He is known for wearing a white mask with a constantly shifting ink blot pattern. His costume might be the least striking of the group, but he is far from plain. It is said that Rorschach's view of the world is very black and white and his morals, much like his mask, may take different shapes but never meet a gray area.
Considerably the most memorable looking of the Watchmen for his blue glowing skin and for being quite naked for most of the time. He was originally known as Doctor Jon Osterman but became Doctor Manhattan once he was caught in the Intrinsic Field Subtractor. Superpowered and visibly different from everyone else, Doctor Manhattan slowly separates himself from humanity and is the most isolated of the Watchmen yet he is not emotionless.
Ozymandias is considered to be the most intelligent man on the planet, the only one who uses 100% of his brain. Dave Gibbons, the artist of Watchmen, drew inspiration from Alexander the Great for his look, hence the empire style.
If Watchmen is a new concept for you or have never seen the film or read the graphic novel, I highly recommend it. It has a very different look and tone to the classic superhero tale. Set in the 80's with flashback stories of the 60's, the alternate reality the vigilantes live in is very similar to our history yet it takes a different turn during the Vietnam War. It's fictional but historical in an interesting way.
The movie, while highly rated, didn't receive long term recognition in the superhero genre but I still think it's worth a go. Also, it has a killer soundtrack.
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