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May 7, 2014 / Jett

Watchmen: Chapter IV – Watchmaker


I recently gave up on reading Watchmen. I hit a rough spot in the story at about the half way mark and just couldn’t find it in me to push through. I may never finish that book, but I did want to give a nod to Chapter IV: Watchmaker.

In it, Dr. Manhattan reflects on of his life while alone on Mars. The way in which the story progresses through decades of his tragic life while juxtaposing the seconds that pass as he drops a photo to the red planet’s surface is beautiful. Within the span of one issue, it made me feel like I got everything I needed to know about the character. In a book where a good chunk of the in-depth information is buried in long-form prose, Watchmaker stands out as a much more elegant and entertaining way to convey those same points.


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