Mister Pain wrote:
Rorschach ones look like fan-art/bad jokes (tough guy Rorschach inside the mask?? Shudderr).
Seriously? That's one of the best ones.
I think it's one of the worst. It's a bit fan poster-y to me. When the Watchmen movie was in pre production, I came up with a poster idea where it was a closeup of Rorschach's mask with the ink blots forming the other characters in the story. Here his blots form...himself? That's stupid. Rorschach's blots often made distinct images such as the Hiroshima Lovers, or a butterfly. They could used any number of images relevant to watchmen. The execution is also off.
I don't think it's supposed to be literal. It's like the Ozy cover, he's not actually going to levitate.
AYB, you need to back me up here since we fangasmed all over this.
I don't know if I was the only one, but I didn't notice it at first. All I thought it was going for was Rorschach realism and a not-so-subtle hint of ultraviolence.
Then I shat bricks and couldn't unsee it. I half-suspect that was the desired effect, that people glance at it in a comics shop and then brainsplode.
Sure, it could be fan art, but as I was saying to RJ yesterday, we've already gotten some pretty great fan art out of this.
As for criticisms of the concept (or even the pose!!), consider this:
The inner image(s) match that main one. In which case the image is playing with time using perspective. It's done occasionally in comics, given its nature, but I've never seen it like this. Watchmen was, in contrast, highly formal. This signals a break. And given what you quoted yesterday, t3cii, I think it's pretty cool that there's (hopefully) ambition and experimentation going into how these stories are told.
Anywho, as a potential reading of the image, let's say we've taken the POV of a victim. Rorschach is terrifying and there's no escape (see: claustrophobia of whole image filled). Maybe that's your blood, maybe not. You knew this moment was coming, as soon as you saw him. During that long, dreadful walk towards you, time stood still. And now it keeps replaying in your mind as you await the inevitable.
Now correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that's a pretty damn cool non-linear representation. Or just fantastic fan art, and there's nothing wrong with that.
The Doctor Manhattan one, on the other hand... now that's just baffling.
Dr. Brooklyn wrote:
it was tying it into the rape-revenge stories and making light of a verys erious sub-genre that kind of offended me.