Nothing Ever Ends…however…

Our course is about to leave Watchmen behind!
If you have anything to impart to the youth of America concerning Moore & Gibbons’ brilliant book–now is the time to do it!

I’ve done my best to cut a “greatest hits compilation” from the music of the blogosphere… But I’m sure I missed a lot of stuff–so don’t be shy about bringing your own favourite links to the comments section!

Thank You and Good Night Friends!



  1. Great stuff, as always, Dave, with plenty to think about — even for a book that came out almost 20 years ago (has it been that long?).

    One thing — was it Rorschach that demanded Dr. Manhattan kill him….or was it Water Kovacs? He did remove the mask, after all….

  2. hey that’s a good point Will!

    is this Kovacs/Rorschach’s way of having his (deontological) cake and beating it too? his concession that under Veidt’s new world order, “acting upon principle” is no longer a viable option? like a vampire begging to be killed before s/he is forced to drink blood again? The really fascinating thing about Rorschach is that, because he always acts upon principle, he actually doesn’t need to exist at all to be what he is (he is reducible to his journal)…nor does he need to succeed in his endeavors–because it’s not about results…

    I suppose that’s why Manhattan’s act seems more like a mercy-killing than anything else… But does Kovacs submit to the process because Veidt’s scenario eliminates the “perfect laboratory conditions” he requires? Or merely because he doesn’t want to be around when he is vindicated by his courageous stand, which would, I suppose, bring his beloved Dreiberg (as an accomplice after-the-fact) down too?

    Either way, you’re right, he has to take off the mask in order to consider these questions…because all of them involve the possibility of reassessing the first principles of his ethical system…

    hope you don’t mind Will, I’m going to cross-post your comment (and mine), over on the course website!


  3. One more thing, Dave…

    In the extra material at the end of issue six, in an essay by Walter Kovacs describing his parents, he says “I like President Truman…he dropped the atom bomb on Japan and saved millions of lives, because if he hadn’t of, then there would’ve been a lot more war than there was and more people would of been killed. I think it was a good thing to drop the atomic bomb on Japan.”

    Of course, this is the young Walter, long before he ever slipped on the mask, but still — it could mean something, right?

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