I PUBLISHED! "Reading Between the Universes: Viewing Watchmen as Social Literature" was chosen by International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews.
See my published article here: http://www.ijrar.org/papers/IJRAR19K6864.pdf
Just for fun, here is my review of WATCHMEN last summer:
[Watchmen] Imperfect superheroes struggle with an impending apocalypse.⠀
WHAT I LIKED⠀
Watchmen has SO MANY LAYERS. Moore uses comics within comics, fake academic articles, character journals, etc to prove his point. It is a new way of thinking. It draws readers into the universe by asking: what would you think of that article? How would you apply the knowledge from this journal to the story? Which characters know what you know and which are ignorant? It is a true ride. I love Moore’s use of metafiction SO MUCH that I wrote an academic article analyzing it’s use as social literature elucidating comics as social commentary of the Cold War (hence the many sticky notes). It will be published within the year!⠀
Moore absolutely tackles the grey ares of superheroes. He is THE HALLMARK WRITER of controversial superheroes. Moreover, he shows the entire timeline of a superhero’s life. What happens when superheros retire? Moore has an answer for that. Are superheros’ offspring pressured to become like their parents? Moore has an answer for that.⠀
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE⠀
The changing generations of superheros can distance the reader from choosing one favorite and sticking to it. I was discouraged when my favorite character left the main storyline. Seemingly random characters who don’t seem very important (even a newspaper vendor and his comic book reading sidekick) can have the most to say. Readers should start Watchmen with eyes wide to notice all the nuances.⠀
Watchmen (by Alan Moore) ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️5/5⠀
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