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29 March 2012 @ 07:23 pm
Chapter 9 Review: "We can see the strings"  
Finally! I'm back. I apologize for the very long delay. Enjoy this episode. Only 3 more chapters to go!~
CONTENT:
01 Introduction
02 Visual Examination
03 Plot/A Scrutiny of the Narratice
04 Characterization
05 Dialogue
06 Quote Reference
07 Closing
SONGS USED:
"Alone" and "For Real" for music while reviewing
"Everybody's changing" by Keane between breaks and for Intro/Closing
*audio clip courtesy of Watchmen Motion Comics


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  • The chapter runs 35:45 including instrumental tracks. Introduction starts with me expressing my gratitude that I was still able to review the graphic novel even with a hell schedule. I also explained that I plan to continue reviewing other comic books and perhaps branch-out to novels as well, perhaps A Song of Ice and Fire. I also shared my views on the upcoming Before Watchmen comics and that I will be reviewing them as well (yay!)

  • Panel sequences in this chapter have the same technique used by the fourth and sixth chapters as discussed in the Visual Examination. Gibbons also uses a central metaphor to complement its thematic storyline. Scenes are spliced in order to narrate past and present events cohesively. It works quite fantastically.

  • Plot / A Scrutiny of the Narrative is Laurie-centered. It focuses strongly on her memories with a few revelations about other characters here and there. While the reminiscing is going on, the present focus on Dr. Manhattan's scientific philosophizing provides a great contrast to Laurie's sentimentality.

  • Incredible dynamics between Laurie and Dr. Manhattan in Characterization. There is so much tension between them and yet despite their age gap and intellectual differences, it actually makes sense to me as a reader that they were once romantically entangled.

  • The Dialogue aspect makes me laugh. It reads a little preachy and yet it does stimulate readers' logic and comprehension.

  • Quote Reference is intensely humane. This is a very uplifting chapter that is as touching as the seventh chapter. Alan Moore's literary grasp keeps evolving before the readers' eyes. He just knows how to balance the light and dark sides of Watchmen. He defintely knows how to keep pulling in the readers further into the stories of these characters they are already emotionally invested in.

  • Personal song choice once more. Keane's song about growth, change, letting go and personal redemption just fits Laurie's discovery about her paternity and Dr. Manhattan's grand epiphany about the miracles in humanity.

I cannot stress how much the ending prose made me teary-eyed. What makes Watchmen truly one of the greatest literature ever written is in the strength of Moore's creative understanding about human nature. This chapter gives readers hope and it's a hope that dangles on a string.
 
 
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