Watchmen At 10: The Fascinating Story of How the "Unfilmable" Graphic Novel Finally Got Made
Chapter four of the graphic novel/comic series Watchmen opens with the omnipotent hero Doctor Manhattan sitting alone on Mars. The colours on the page are remarkable, with the character’s light blue skin and the planet’s purple hues contrasting against the black background of space.
As the chapter progresses, the story shifts turbulently between Mars and Earth, as we learn how the physicist Jon Osterman came to be the God-like Doctor Manhattan. We see the superhero shaking hands with John Kennedy, towering over the Vietcong as a 50-foot giant, and raising a giant glass fortress from Mars’s ground.
The other 11 chapters are equally intense, telling the story of how a band of retired masked vigilantes became tied to the impending nuclear apocalypse. It’s bleak, meta, shockingly violent and has gone down as one of the most influential comic book series of all time.
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