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A count down by the Doomsday Clock

The Watchmen has been an interesting and intriguing graphic novel. I find this form of writing and illustration much more entertaining than comic books because of the intensity and realism that occurs. It is also something that I would much rather read because of the horror and craziness that exists in the story. Things are much easier to understand when you are able to related actions to normal people and to things that could happen in the real world. Bad things happen to normal good people and sad events occur. We see the pregnant woman being shot as an event that is tragic and uneasy for the reader but things like that happen and I think that events like this aren't normally shown in comic books.
Another interesting thing about this graphic novel is the feelings of being watched and how it reflects the feeling in the 1980s. We aren't out of the Cold War yet, in fact tensions are getting higher and people are feeling the anxiety and stress that conflicts and fears of destruction can bring. The Soviet Union and the United States are at each other throats; spying on one another and constantly threatening each others lands. These feelings of angst and espionage are prevalent in the novel. Someone is always watching us and there is always a count down to the end of days. We see this in slight and wittily placed signs in many of the panels, never fully revealing that entire message. This is a representation that may be during this period people felt like they knew things but never saw the full picture and could ever get the full message. We also see these feelings of stress as we notice the Doomsday Clock that is always at a different time. There is a count down to our destruction and death. It was a very difficult time to live during because of the stress factors and fears of nuclear war. This novel shows clearly represents the fears and emotions that many people felt during this era.


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