Saturday, 23 February 2013

1up Blog #46: Watchmaker (02/23/2009)

At last, I have read the legendary Watchmen. Long used as the nerd card to legitimize comics graphic novels, I instantly had enough reason to pay the admission price. However, it wasn't the endless praise that periodically pops up on message boards and blogs; it was actually the movie trailer that really forced Watchmen to enter my conscious.

       The backlash among some fans of Watchmen becoming a movie is reasonable: there is no way it could properly cover all 400 pages of the epic in movie form. Let's forget how Alan Moore pieced Watchmen together is an artistic achievement in itself, it is just there are too many topics, issues, and questions for it to be properly fitted into a movie. From what I've seen, the movie looks amazing but there is just no way these guys can create a substitute to the classic.
 
Yeah, I had a nerdgasm upon seeing how my favorite character, the Comedian, was reborn in live-action.
       Regardless of the others who were convinced to read the graphic novel first, millions will poor out this March and have the Watchmen story subsequently spoiled in its improper form. Yet, I still can't see this as a bad thing as there are still likely hundreds of thousands of others who have gone out and picked up Watchmen because of that trailer. And doubtlessly many more will even after they have seen the movie. Watchmen is at last re-entering the limelight and an entire generation of people (even outside the graphic novel crowd) can experience this amazing story. The fact that the mainstream will know it exists is triumph enough.
      There are many things that I could ask about Watchmen, but I suppose the most obvious one is the ending. SPOILERS! If you have not finished reading Watchmen, don't you dare highlight the text ahead!  First off, I found the last chapter to be by far the most light-hearted, and it has an almost complete lack of gloominess that was seen throughout the book. This is even more questionable when it's considered the first batch of pages are filled with more blood and death than anywhere else! Also, to touch on the superhero theme, there is no justice at all; Veidt is untouched by the heroes for his crimes (no matter its importance to humanity). What I found as a great sum-up of the story was truly shown in the final pages: The smiley-face T-shirt, anti-communist boss, will the truth be revealed? "In the end," it was all a joke.
      I'm not finished yet, though. Still struck by the loss of EGM, I found myself trolling the internet on more sorrows of its death and stumbled upon this. This actually crossed my mind before, but how ironic is it that having recently finished Watchmen, I actually see a glimmer of hope. That might sound crazy or deluded, but take in heed what the book actually was trying to say about "the end."
Since I've gone off in a tangent, I might as well fill in my quota of gaming content to finish this: Gears of War 2. This game is everything a sequel should be, as it is better than the original in every way. It’s funny, Gears 2 initially brought the exact opposite reaction to my mind, same graphics, guns, story (and really, that's all more or less right on the money)... but it seems that worked to its advantage. Everything is polished till it outshines the moon. As I have said taking on waves of Locust co-op in Horde is the best use of the Gears system (I've lost count how many times the AI can catch me in ambushes, raids, and just downright use of cover). The single player is all of that serious, but not too serious, big-dude-with-a-chainsaw-gun mentality that made the first game so memorable. I feel the need to bring this up because of the almost absolute ignorance of this game for GOTY (Fable II?! You got to be kidding me?!), despite all the praise for it a few months ago. Gears movie here I come!
 
Gears of War: Symbolic of man's barbaric nature?

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