Rorschach’s Journal. 2021. The 35th anniversary of writer Alan Moore’s sensational, highly-influential and stunning 12-issue magnum opus, Watchmen rolls on, ever-present in the face of an unfolding mystery.
To continue the 35th anniversary Read-Along for the Comic of Comics, the @JusticeLeagueBookClub (run by myself) and the @DCHistoryClub (run by @msgtv and @TurokSonOfStone1950) will provide a fun analysis of each issue on a weekly basis, with my contributions coming from the odd-numbered issues, while DC History looks at the even-numbered issues.
How this Read-Along works :
Watchmen is NOT available on DC Universe Infinite. To participate in the Read-Along, you’ll need to have your own copies of Watchmen (be they the single issues or a collected edition) at the ready to read along with as we move from issue to issue, week after week.
Discussions will be posted on a weekly basis, with each discussion focusing on one issue. If you should run late, fear not good reader, as you are welcome to chime in on a particular week’s discussion at any time. Afterall, this is a 24/7 anniversary party.
Onto the good stuff:
- Watchmen #9
If you should need a copy on the fly, the issue is available for purchase at Comixology, while the collected edition of Watchmen is also available at Comixology, as well as on Hoopla.
The theme of this issue is time. Jon goes on to say that “Time is simultaneous, an intricately structured jewel that humans insist on viewing one edge at a time, when the whole design is visible in every facet.” What are your thoughts on how Jon perceives time?
Jon and Laurie’s time on Mars is the main focus of the issue, with their time on the planet also having been featured in the Watchmen movie. What are your thoughts on each iteration of the scene and how they relate to the story being told in their respective medium?
Through flashbacks, this issue goes into Edward Blake’s past, including one scene where he gets a well-earned drink to the face from Laurie. In seeing more of Edward’s interaction with other characters prior to his death, how does this further shape your perception of him?
Anything else that comes to your mind, dear reader.
That’s the journal entry for the 35th anniversary this week. Get your rear to Mars and enjoy the view.