I didn't hate it. I actually liked a lot of it, because I am an obsessive compulsive type who revels in the details. (The shoes were all 1985 style shoes! Except for one time!) Other parts, not so much. (No spoilers here...)Watchmen
the graphic novel was a big thing back in the day. When I was a teenager in the 1980's, reading Uncanny X-Men
and New Mutants
, there were four "underground" comics that just blew me away with their style, story-telling and vision. These four comics were, in order of favorite-ness:
1. Love & Rockets
2. Camelot 3000
(by Howard Chaykin- I guess it could also be called Time Squared)
Yeah, two of those comics are from DC Comics, so hardly "underground" material. And I don't want any lip over Camelot 3000
, since I loved that damn thing and read the hell out of it. (And I covet the fancy hardcover we have at the comic store with extra bonus pages...)
These were the comics that made me go "wow, comics can be about ANYTHING!". It wasn't until I first worked in a comic store that I read Arkham Asylum
or The Dark Knight Returns
, so those weren't really influences. But those four? Awesome. I still love re-reading them, though I haven't seen a copy of Time Squared
since the 80's. (It was recommended to me by Sassy
magazine, so you know it was very hip!) Despite some of my issues with Watchmen
in terms of how it affected the future path of the industry (sharing blame with Miller's Dark Knight
), as a complete work on its own, it's still pretty amazing. The level of detail is just insane. The "easter eggs" throughout the book are legion. It was the first intelligent superhero comic that wasn't just about punching. And honestly, half the people who read it don't really "get" it. (Hur hur hur, Rorschach is so badass! Yeah! Uh, no...)
Now, if only my movie-going experience hadn't been tainted by the stupid chattering hordes of people who couldn't shut the hell up and who also decided to psychologically scar their toddlers by bringing them to the movie. People really are incredibly dumb sometimes. You'd think an R rating would have maybe sent the message that this wasn't going to be like Fantastic Four
or something... still, it comforted me to know that the kids were getting quite an education in both the old ultra-violence *and* sex! Ah, excellent parenting, people of San Antonio!
Bonus fangirl squee: Wolverine
movie trailer! Hells yeah! And Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth? Awesome! I can't wait to see that! My inner thirteen year old will probably never get over her crush on Wolverine.
After the movie, we had to book on home to finish up the laundry for this week. And suarez
has to practice for his comedy contest he's in on Monday. In other things, Daylight Savings Time is already screwing me up. I hate losing an hour of sleep!
EDIT: Even more bonus fangirl squee, but of a fashionable nature: Audrey Tatou is starring in a biopic of Coco Chanel! I AM SO THERE!