Satan's Slut wrote:
He also calls the characters 'retired superheroes'.
Because they are?
No; they are outlawed vigilantes, or to use the term Alan Moore used in the GN 'Costumed Adventurers'. Spider-Man is a superhero; Rorschach, NiteOwl II, et al, are not. Moore deliberately avoided this label in the GN.
EDIT: But you already knew the answer - see a post you made in another thread:
Well, it has extremely odd characters for the time. Superheroes who aren't heroes or even super in most cases.
Satan's Slut wrote:
Superficially it seems to work; but I do not think it means what the producers think it means!
Tell us, Satan's Slut. What does it really
I read an interview with Paul Simon (or it MAY have been a television interview) a long time ago where he talked about it being about a lack of communication in modern (1960) society. The 'people bowed and prayed to the neon god they'd made' line has obvious similarities to a certain Watchmen character, but the impact is lessened if you know that Paul Simon is referring to 'television'.
Like I said; superficially there is some nice similarity:
"Hello Darkness my old friend..."
- Comedian's Funeral - Actually written because Paul Simon used to like sitting in the dark playing his guitar and composing.
"In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night.."
Some nice parallels to Rorschach there - but given the significance of a 'neon god' being the TV, I am assuming (logically, I think) that the walker is perhaps seeing a TV in a shop window, and the glow of it splits the night more powerful than a streetlamp, suggesting it is intrusive and overpowering.
'And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls"
Ties in nicely with the 'Who Watches the Watchmen' graffiti, but what does it mean? I have never heard of Paul Simon's explanation of that lyric, so fuck knows!