The Veidt Method wrote:
Well, if you kill three million people, you're not going to leave any room for error in the plan. Leaving hundreds of people alive who worked on the alien he had just teleported into New York City would have been, like... a neighborhood for error.
No, but if the cause was true and just, don't you think he might have been able to trust people like you who agree with him??
I just had an epiphany of sorts. I'll give you credit for showing it to me. It's this little line:
I swore to deny his kind their last black laugh at earth's expense
If you subscribe to the humanitarian Veidt, this is simply him telling us that he's going to save the world. But I suspect that, for such a nuanced character as he is, there is more here than meets the eye.
If you look at Adrian's face in II pg 11 panel 7, it's an angry face contrasting with the next panel. He's pissed because the Comedian has showed him up. That's right: EMOTION. One of the few times we actually see it on his face. The Eddie's just told him the world is doomed. And there's nothing anyone can do about it. Not even Adrian. He's humiliated. In front of everybody. End of meeting. Go home.
So, Veidt decides he's going to save it. Because, as the quote says, he wants to deny him
and those like him. It sounds almost personal... but that seems controversial around here...
And then it hit me. The last three words of the sentence can take two meanings:at earth's expense
The question you need to ask yourself is this:
...does the black laugh
come at earth's expense...
...or does the denial
of said bla(c)k(e) laugh.... come at earth's expense??
Think about it. Really hard.
I love it when Moore writes like that.