|Cover of Watchmen|
The Watchmen, Chapter VI
Alan Moore is described as meticulously
detailed in his scripting, providing long
notes for Dave Gibbons art work on The Watchmen;
things like angles, objects, color, lighting,
not to take away from Gibbons work,
i'm certain that there was more collaboration than is generally
part of the fun in reading Moore's work is
keeping in mind that everything is there for a reason.
everything. each and every detail is accounted for: the page layout,
the sequence of events, the costumes, the names . . . everything.
take the name of Kovac's psychiatrist, Dr. Malcolm Long.
what's in a name? Moore loves puns, and word play.
Malcolm Long is the antithesis of Malcolm Little aka Malcom X.
Malcolm X is the rehabilitated criminal set out to save Black America
from a delusional, self-righteous, liberal and sick society,
Dr. Malcolm Long is the self-righteous, self-congratulatory,
delusional, pudgy, Black middle-class liberal out to make a reputation
by rehabilitating the sick criminal mind thus save society.
there's irony there to be found.
this is but one of the reasons that i come back
and read The Watchmen time and again.
i can make as much out of the story as i wish,
and the's no end to the material.