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History

Watchmen is set in an alternate reality which closely mirrors the contemporary world of the 1980s. The primary point of divergence is the presence of superheroes. Their existence in this iteration of America is shown to have dramatically affected and altered the outcomes of real-world events such as the Vietnam War and the presidency of Richard Nixon. In keeping with the realism of the series, although the costumed crime fighters of Watchmen are commonly called "superheroes", the only character who possesses obvious superhuman powers is Doctor Manhattan. The existence of Doctor Manhattan has given the U.S. a strategic advantage over the Soviet Union, which has increased tensions between the two nations. Additionally, superheroes have become unpopular among the public, which has led to the passage of legislation in 1977 to outlaw them. While many of the heroes retired, Doctor Manhattan and The Comedian operate as government-sanctioned agents, and Rorschach continues to operate outside the law.

Publication History

"Watchmen" was a 12-issue maxiseries published from September of 1986 through October of 1987, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. The events of the story take place in 1985. The title takes its name from a popular translation of a latin phrase, "Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?":[1] "Who Watches the Watchmen?"

Although Alan Moore has stated he originally wished to use the old characters from MLJ Comics in the story, which were no longer being published at the time, he was unable to. Dave Gibbons, who had worked there, inspired him to use the old Charlton Comics characters instead. However, Charlton had recently been bought by DC, and as they intended to introduce those characters into mainstream continuity, they were unavailable as well. As a result, Moore simply made his own new characters based on the Charlton characters (see the full list below).

A film adaptation was released in 2009.

Themes

The initial premise for the series was to examine what superheroes would be like "in a credible, real world". As the story became more complex, Moore said Watchmen became about "power and about the idea of the superman manifest within society."[2] The title of the series refers to the phrase "Who watches the watchmen?", although Moore said in a 1986 interview with Amazing Heroes he did not know where the phrase originated.[3] After reading the interview, author Harlan Ellison informed Moore that the phrase is a translation of the question "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?", posed by the Roman satirist Juvenal. Moore commented in 1987, "In the context of Watchmen, that fits. 'They're watching out for us, who's watching out for them?'" The writer stated in the introduction to the Graffitti hardcover of Watchmen that while writing the series he was able to purge himself of his nostalgia for superheroes, and instead he found an interest in real human beings.

Bradford Wright described Watchmen as "Moore's obituary for the concept of heroes in general and superheroes in particular." Putting the story in a contemporary sociological context, Wright wrote that the characters of Watchmen were Moore's "admonition to those who trusted in 'heroes' and leaders to guard the world's fate." He added that to place faith in such icons was to give up personal responsibility to "the Reagans, Thatchers, and other 'Watchmen' of the world who supposed to 'rescue' us and perhaps lay waste to the planet in the process". Moore specifically stated in 1986 that he was writing Watchmen to be "not anti-Americanism, [but] anti-Reaganism," specifically believing that "at the moment a certain part of Reagan's America isn't scared. They think they're invulnerable." While Moore wanted to write about "power politics" and the "worrying" times he lived in, he stated the reason that the story was set in an alternate reality was because he was worried that readers would "switch off" if he attacked a leader they admired. Moore stated in 1986 that he "was consciously trying to do something that would make people feel uneasy."

Citing Watchmen as the point where the comic book medium "came of age", Iain Thomson wrote in his essay "Deconstructing the Hero" that the story accomplished this by "developing its heroes precisely in order to deconstruct the very idea of the hero and so encouraging us to reflect upon its significance from the many different angles of the shards left lying on the ground".[4] Thomson stated that the heroes in Watchmen almost all share a nihilistic outlook, and that Moore presents this outlook "as the simple, unvarnished truth" to "deconstruct the would-be hero's ultimate motivation, namely, to provide a secular salvation and so attain a mortal immortality".[5] He wrote that the story "develops its heroes precisely in order to ask us if we would not in fact be better off without heroes".[6] Thomson added that the story's deconstruction of the hero concept "suggests that perhaps the time for heroes has passed", which he feels distinguishes "this postmodern work" from the deconstructions of the hero in the existentialism movement.[7] Richard Reynolds states that without any supervillains in the story, the superheroes of Watchmen are forced to confront "more intangible social and moral concerns", adding that this removes the superhero concept from the normal narrative expectations of the genre.[8] Reynolds concludes that the series' ironic self awareness of the genre "all mark out Watchmen either as the last key superhero text, or the first in a new maturity of the genre".[9]

Geoff Klock eschewed the term "deconstruction" in favor of describing Watchmen as a "revisionary superhero narrative." He considers Watchmen and Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns to be "the first instances ... of [a] new kind of comic book ... a first phase of development, the transition of the superhero from fantasy to literature."[10] He elaborates by noting that "Alan Moore's realism ... performs a kenosis towards comic book history ... [which] does not ennoble and empower his characters ... Rather, it sends a wave of disruption back through superhero history ... devalue[ing] one of the basic superhero conventions by placing his masked crime fighters in a realistic world ..."[11] First and foremost, "Moore's exploration of the [often sexual] motives for costumed crimefighting sheds a disturbing light on past superhero stories, and forces the reader to reevaluate - to revision - every superhero in terms of Moore's kenosis - his emptying out of the tradition."[12] Klock relates the title to the quote by Juvenal to highlight the problem of controlling those who hold power and quoted repeatedly within the work itself.[13] The deconstructive nature of Watchmen is, Klock notes, played out on the page also as, "[l]ike Alan Moore's kenosis, [Veidt] must destroy, then reconstruct, in order to build 'a unity which would survive him.'"[14]

Moore has expressed dismay that "[T]he gritty, deconstructivist postmodern superhero comic, as exemplified by Watchmen... became a genre". He said in 2003, "[T]o some degree there has been, in the 15 years since Watchmen, an awful lot of the comics field devoted to these grim, pessimistic, nasty, violent stories which kind of use Watchmen to validate what are, in effect, often just some very nasty stories that don't have a lot to recommend them."[15] Gibbons said that while readers "were left with the idea that it was a grim and gritty kind of thing", he said in his view the series was "a wonderful celebration of superheroes as much as anything else."[16]

Plot

In the 1985 of an alternate reality where superheroes are real (though only one, Dr. Manhattan, has superpowers), one of the vigilantes, The Comedian, is brutally murdered. This causes one of his former colleagues, Rorschach, to investigate on his death, and uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes.

Points of Interest

New York City, The North Pole

Residents

Notes

  • No special notes.

Trivia

Trivia

  • In 2005, "Watchmen" became the only Graphic Novel to appear on Time Magazine's List of 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.
  • "Watchmen" is currently the only graphic novel ever to receive a Hugo Award.

Character Influences

See Also

Links and References

  1. Juvenal's Satire VI
  2. Whiston, Daniel. "The Craft". EngineComics.co.uk. January 2005. Retrieved on October 14, 2008.
  3. Plowright, Frank. "Preview: Watchmen". Amazing Heroes. June 15, 1986.
  4. Thomson, p. 101
  5. Thomson, p. 108
  6. Thomson, p. 109
  7. Thomson, p. 111
  8. Reynolds, p. 115
  9. Reynolds, p. 117
  10. Klock, p. 25–26
  11. Klock, p. 63
  12. Klock, p. 65
  13. Klock, p. 62
  14. Klock, p. 75
  15. Robinson, Tasha. "Interviews: Alan Moore". AVClub.com. June 25, 2003.
  16. Salisbury, p. 96

References

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eWrestling

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From the eWrestling Encyclopedia.

Watchmen
Image of Watchmen
Billing information
Members Justus
Black Reaper
Former member(s)
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Heights
Combined weight 428 lb.
Hometown
Theme music "Truth of a Liar" by August Burns Red
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Federation(s) Lords of Pain Wrestling
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Alignment Tweener
Wrestling style
Finisher(s) Reaper sets opponent in the Repentance, then Justus hits the Last Laugh
Will
Won't
Trainer
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Professional career
Debut Insanity LIVE from Woodstock (September 15, 2009)
Record 3-1
Accomplishments LPW Undisputed World Tag Team Championship (current)
Disbanded

Watchmen is a professional e-wrestling tag team consisting of Justus and Black Reaper. Together, they compete in Lords of Pain Wrestling (LPW) on its Insanity brand, where they reign as the LPW Undisputed World Tag Team Champions.

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History

Justus and Black Reaper appeared together for the first time during the Insanity pay-per-view, Body Count, when Reaper tried to assist Justus in his match against Ash Strife and his demon-possessed alter-ego, Crazy Ash Killa. Despite the help, the power of CAK was too strong, even against the team.

Despite the unsuccessful bid to defeat Strife, Justus and Reaper announced that they would be named the Watchmen, inspired by a refernce in the Bible and the comic graphic novel by Neil Gaiman.

The Watchmen made their tag team debut at Insanity LIVE from Woodstock against Villiano 187 and Killswitch on September 15, 2009, gaining a victory in their debut match when Reaper positioned Villiano in The Repentance while Justus bounced off the ropes for a variation of the Last Laugh, slamming the back of Vil's head to the canvas to pin the Hall of Famer.

The following Insanity LIVE from Manhattan telecast saw Justus revisit Phantom Lord, who was masked as Genocide at the time, put up minimal effort in a tag team match in Justus' debut. Upset over Phantom's approach to the Word of God and his disregard of teamwork in his debut match, Justus teamed with Reaper against Phantom and his student Dr. Wagner. Despite a strong effort from Justus, Wagner was able to catch Reaper in the Providence and gained the victory for himself and Phantom.

Despite the setback, the Watchmen paid for an announcement at the Insanity LIVE from Baltimore, instantly catching the attention of LPW fans. They were booked against Sudden Death (Black Ada and Son of Shockey and Phantom and Dr. Wagner in a Triple Threat tag team match to determine who would face the Madcore Misfits (Tromboner Man and Drew Michaels at Epic for the LPW Undisputed World Tag Team Championship. During the match, the Watchmen took out Sudden Death, but Justus found himself arm-locked by Phantom, who insulted Wagner to nail the clown with a chair. Wagner swung, but struck Phantom instead. The move allowed the Watchmen to finish Phantom to become the number one contenders, in the process having beaten two Hall of Famers in their only wins.

At Insanity LIVE from Atlantic City, the Watchmen will face the feuding Andy Savana and Hatchet Ryda, who reigns as the LPW World Heavyweight Champion, in the night's main event.

In wrestling

  • Finishing move
    • Repentance/Last Laugh Combination (Black Reaper will hold opponent in the Repentance deathdrop, then Justus will jump off the middle rope to hit the Last Laugh acid drop)
  • Theme music
    • "Truth of a Liar" by August Burns Red

Championships and accomplishments

Match history

Result Record Winner(s) Loser(s) Event Date Notes Just Score BR Score
zWin 3-1 Watchmen (Black Reaper and Justus) Andy Savana and Hatchet Ryda Insanity LIVE from Atlantic City December 12, 2009 Won vacant LPW Undisputed World Tag Team Championship 4.19 3.66
zWin 2-1 Watchmen (Black Reaper and Justus) Sudden Death (Ada and SOS) and Phantom Lord and Dr. Wagner Insanity LIVE from Baltimore 11 November, 2009 Triple Threat Tag Team match to determine Number One Contenders' to LPW Undisputed Tag Team Championship 4.01 3.51
zLoss 1-1 Phantom Lord and Dr. Wagner Watchmen (Justus and Black Reaper) Insanity LIVE from Manhattan 15 October, 2009 Tag Team match 4.15 3.00
zWin 1-0 Watchmen (Justus and Black Reaper) Killswitch and Villiano 187 Insanity LIVE from Woodstock 15 September, 2009 Tag Team match 3.93 3.65
Promo score is a rating which ranges from 0.0 to 5.0, the latter being the highest. Promos are judged to determine the better promo between e-wrestling competitors.

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LPW Undisputed Tag Team Championship
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Madcore Misfits
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History Results (Season 1 • Season 2 • Season 3 • Season 4Season 5) • Pay-per-viewsStatisticsRecords
Championships World HeavyweightTransatlanticHardcoreUndisputed World Tag Team
eWrestlers Andy SavanaAsh StrifeBlack AdaBlack ReaperBlackwellcYnicalDr. WagnerHatchet RydaJoe MichaelsJustusKrimson MaskLittle RedMC SteelNPDPhantom LordPope FredSeth OmegaSoLSon of ShockeyTromboner ManVilliano 187X
Teams and Stables The IlluminatiMadcore MisfitsOCEAN69Psych WardSudden DeathWatchmen
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See also LPW Inferno


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Lostpedia

Up to date as of February 07, 2010

From Lostpedia

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Watchmen
Author
Alan Moore
Publisher
DC Comics
Publish Date
September 1986–October 1987
ISBN
0930289234

Watchmen is a comic book series and graphic novel written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons published by DC Comics. It tells the story of an alternative 1985, where the world is at the brink of a nuclear war at the height of the cold war. Five superheroes, all but one ordinary human beings, and all of them harboring complex emotional ties and relationships with each other and the world around them, are brought back together after the death of a sixth reveals a disturbing conspiracy which has implications for the whole world. The comic jumps from page to page between flashbacks from 1930s to the 1980s, and also to a meta-comic (comic within a comic), Tales of the Black Freighter, that parallels and mirrors the stories narrative and several characters from the Watchmen world. It is the only graphic novel to appear on Time Magazine's All Time 100 Novels list. The graphic novel is credited as being one of the main influences of today's comic book world, pushing writers into more realistic and grittier writing. The graphic novel has since been turned into a film, which was released in March 2009 worldwide.

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Confirmed influence on Lost

Damon Lindelof called Watchmen "the greatest piece of popular fiction ever produced". Source: Entertainment Weekly Also, writer Brian K. Vaughan, who is best known for his works in the field of comics, cited Watchmen as "definitely" the inspiration for his start as a writer.[1] Javier Grillo-Marxuach, writer/producer in Seasons 1 and 2, has stated that Watchmen "was a topic of much discussion among those of us in the writers’ room who were comics-minded." [2]

Shared themes

Watchmen Lost
In Watchmen, a character named Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias forms a theory that war and environmental damage will lead to humanity’s destruction in the mid-1990s. Veidt concocts a way to save humanity. The plan involves the deaths of millions of innocent people, but he justifies this to himself that the cost of life to millions will save billions.
The TLE's Sri Lanka Video describes Enzo Valenzetti's predicted demise of humanity, and Alvar Hanso's plan to avert that disaster. It also describes Thomas Mittelwerk's extension of the plan which involves the killing of large numbers of people, justified by the end result of saving all of humanity.
Doctor Manhattan has the hydrogen symbol on his forehead.
Writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach revealed that the DHARMA logo at the start of the Sri Lanka video is of a hydrogen atom, and a direct reference to Doctor Manhattan's symbol.
The main characters of Watchmen recall scenes that occurred before the events of the graphic novel. The main characters of Lost recall scenes that occurred before the events of the show.
Adrian Veidt sends a group of scientists and artists to a mysterious island. This is very similar to the operations of Alvar Hanso and the DHARMA Initiative on the Island.
Edward Blake/The Comedian was murdered for discovering the secrets of Adrian Veidt's/Ozymandias' island, where evil plans were being hatched by scientists.
In the Lost Experience, Rachel Blake's life is at stake because she is uncovering the Hanso Foundation's secret plans for the Island in the Sri Lanka video.
An elderly newsstand vendor named Bernard started a newsstand because his wife, Rosa, had died. An elderly man named Bernard and his wife Rose are survivors of Oceanic Flight 815.
The issues of Egyptology become increasingly present in the later part of the series, with Ozymandius seen meditating above a pyramid with the Ankh symbol around it. Anubis is also referenced in the final chapters of the novel. Egyptology references have been shown in more recent episodes of Lost, with the Ankh symbol seen in "LaFleur". Further, the four-toed statue has finally been shown complete (albeit from behind), looking quite similar to Anubis. Egyptian Hieroglyphics have been a theme in the show since season 2, and the Island has been shown to have some Ancient Egypt-like influence on it, at one point.
Laurie Juspeczyk/Silk Spectre II's mother, the first Silk Spectre, was raped by Edward Blake/The Comedian. Laurie hated him for the way he treated her mother. During this time, Laurie finds out that The Comedian not only abused her mother but was her biological father, and despite the rape and abuse suffered, her mother still loved him, and mourned his death. This mirrors Kate's relationship with her mother, which is also strained. Kate also finds out after his death that the man she believed to be her mother's abusive new husband was in fact her biological father. Despite this abuse, Kate's mother also still loved him, and mourned his death.
Adrien Veidt’s name as a masked adventurer was Ozymandias, the Greek name for Ramses II. The following is a poem about Ozymandias, which may be analogous to the statue seen in "Live Together, Die Alone":

In Egypt’s sandy silence, all alone,
Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws
The only shadow that the Desert knows: –
“I am great Ozymandias,” saith the stone,
“The King of Kings; this mighty City shows
“The wonders of my hand.” – The City’s gone, –
Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose
The site of this forgotten Babylon.

- Horace Smith.

Shelley's version of this poem is the one that actually appears in Watchmen. It deals more directly with the impermanence of political power and civilizations, and therefore is thematically relevant to the fall of the DHARMA Initiative during the Purge, or the fall of human civilization as predicted by the Valenzetti Equation :

I met a Traveler from an antique land,
Who said, "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works ye Mighty, and despair!"
No thing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that Colossal Wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

- Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Doctor Manhattan experiences time in a nonlinear fashion, due to his superhuman abilities. He is able to see things before they happen and after they happen. After his accident, he appears naked. Additionally, he keeps a picture of his human self and his former girlfriend Janey Slater. Desmond Hume time travels on multiple occasions, most notably when he turned the key, experiencing one long period of time travel as well as many after-effects ("flashes"). He also became "unstuck in time", traveling between the past and the present. After his accident, he appears naked in the jungle. Desmond keeps a picture of himself and his girlfriend Penny, posed the same way as Jon and Janey.
A smiley face is found near Edward Blake's corpse. The original Henry Gale's hot air balloon is notable for the fact that it is adorned with a smiley face. A short distance away is Henry Gale's corpse.
Edward Blake is attacked and thrown out of an apartment window and falling to his death after inadvertently discovering Veidtt's plans.
John Locke is attacked by his father for attempting to reveal his conning plans, and is thrown out an apartment window, falling several stories.
The Veidt Corporation owns numerous shell companies and engages in both a public front (Shoes, Perfume) and secret scientific research. The Hanso Foundation operates in a similar way.
Adrian Veidt's jungle atrium in the middle of a frozen wasteland (Antarctica) is where he launches a massive alien into New York City and attempts to stop the Cold War. Benjamin Linus's frozen room in the middle of the jungle is where he moves the island and attempts to stop the war with the freighter. It is the opposite of Veidt's base (but still similar) in the way that Veidt's was a jungle in the middle of ice while Ben's was ice in the middle of jungle.
Watchmen features a comic within the comic called "Tales of the Black Freighter." The highlighted story (titled "Marooned") chronicles a shipwrecked man's attempts to warn his family about the impending doom that will occur when a mysterious, black, pirate freighter arrives at the town.
Lost features a mysterious, ship-wrecked vessel -- apparently from the same time periodFile:Example.jpg as the Black Freighter -- called "The Black Rock." According to an auctioneer selling the ship's first mate's journal, the Black Rock set sail from Portsmouth, England on March 22, 1845, and was believed to have been lost at sea. Somehow, however, it became stranded in the middle of the island.
In Watchmen, the above mentioned parallel comic is read by a young boy named Bernie. In Lost, Walt, who resembles Bernie in height, weight, and appearance, reads a comic book that also mirrors the situation on the island with the polar bear.

See also

External links

  • Watchmen Theory at Lostblog.net
  • Is Desmond Dr.Manhattan?
  • the Watchmen Approach
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