“When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the outlawed but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion–a disbanded group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers–Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future.”

This is just a Stanko recommendation. This is the type of media that I love to consume. I wish that I could read comic books and graphics novels all day long, but who has time for that? Series like Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic are made for people like me.

Shoutout out to Alan Moore and John Higgins for creating this literary masterpiece. I honestly consider this graphic novel as one of the best things I have ever read. The story weaves a web of character study and purposeful violence into a tapestry of still relevant societal commentary. The idea of mutual destruction is still applicable in today’s world, arguably even more so than in the late 1980s.

The character of Rorschach is one of the best characters in any comic book media I have consumed. He is an amoeba with morales, adapting to different scenarios and audiences while staying one hundred percent committed to his values and morales. He does not sacrifice anything he cares for, which admittedly is not a lot.

Also, I can not tell you have twisted it was when I first read this graphic novel and it was revealed that Adrien Veidt set off the squid from hell and that Nite Owl (version two), Rorschach, Silk Spectre (version two) and Doctor Manhattan were all too late. The bad guys won. How often does that happen in a comic book story? Also, how often does the bad guy actually make sense in his argument? We get why Veidt is doing what he is doing, and it is our choice as the audience to decide where or not we want to buy in.

This motion graphic novel produced by Warner Brothers in 2007 is the perfect companion piece to the graphic novel. Yo can interpret the way you read the lines in your head to the way they are performed on screen. You see the action unfolding as if the ink from John Higgins’ pen is overflowing and moving easily through a blank canvas…like Rorschach’s mask.

Below is the trailer for the the 12 part motion graphic novel. Any fan of Watchmen needs to give it it a watch on HBO Max or on YouTube. It’ll give you a newfound appreciation.

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