Wednesday, October 14, 2009

MOMENTS IN COOL: Not Counting Your Killer Aliens Before They've Hatched

American Idol - competitive? You need to try been a super-villain! Not only is there a new rogue trying to beat you to creating mass destruction and property damage every hour, but the 'master plan' you've spent months, if not years creating in isolation is only known by you. So when the hero inevitably shows up of course you'll take a few minutes before it's execution to brag - won't you?

Not if you are retired hero Adrian Veidt a.k.a Ozymandias. In the seminal comic book WATCHMEN, he grows restless seeing the Cold War divide civilisation through fear and distrust, and devises that by releasing a 'manufactured' alien into the heart of Manhattan and killing millions, he can create a common enemy to reunite the divided nations, and bring about a tragic peace to all mankind.

Yeah, the two heroes who managed to confront Ozymandias, Nite Owl and Rorschach, thought it was absurd and laughed too, but then Veidt utters one of the most famous lines (and plot-twists) in comic book history, and the old friends realise the media labelled Adrian 'the smartest man on the planet' for a reason - he always thinks ahead.

4 comments:

  1. Pak Karamu visiting your blog

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  2. I totally agree with you. Not only is that one of the greatest villain moments of all time, it's also one of the greatest plot twists in the graphic novel medium. I remember when I first read it (having not been spoiled), I was like WHAAT? Classic genius.

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  3. Thanks for stopping by Pak!

    I was the same when I read it too Justin, I always thought the Rorschach would save the world and in doing so gain peace with his thoughts... then this page goes and I thought 'Dam! How are they gonna solve things from here in just a few pages?!'

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  4. Yeah, it's incredible what Alan Moore did, shooting down I'm sure almost every reader's expectations. I remember at the end of the novel it really made think not only about what Veidt did, but also the rest of the heroes' complacency in his plot. Lots of excellent moral ambiguity.

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