Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Watchmen Book Club - Chapter X
[Let's try for a big finish, you guys, how 'bout it?]
Chapter X: Two Riders Were Approaching
Lots -- LOTS -- happening this chapter. Nixon heads for a secure location. The world stands on the brink of Armageddon. Things in the "Black Freighter" comic take a turn towards the murderously insane. Max Shea and everybody else on that mysterious island get blown to kingdom come.
But the most important thing that happens is that Dan and Rorschach thing they've uncovered the man behind the mask-killing plot, and it's Adrian Veidt. DUDE.
Anyway, my notes:
-- Getting a look around Veidt's Antarctic fortress has been one of my very favorite parts of the book. Love it so much. The mixture of the technological and the regal is so perfectly Ozymandias. Also loved Adrian reading the TV screen like tea leaves -- and coming out with such bizarre ideas (invest in the sex industry!) that are undoubtedly correct. And if you think I'm not taking notes so as to weather this current financial crisis, you're crazy. THE MAN LIVES IN AN ANTARCTIC PALACE! He clearly knows what he's doing.
-- Rorschach is all over the place this chapter. We see his moment of utmost cruelty (outing his whore neighbor in front of her kids), uncomfortably "comforting" Dan after Dan has a rare Rorschach moment of brutal honesty, and then offering some unexpected respect for Veidt by saying he "could not imagine a more dangerous opponent."
Dan's arctic owl parka might rival Rorschach's mask for my favorite superhero costume in this book.
Anyway, get to discussing. Were you expecting the story to take the turns it did in this chapter? Where do you think the next two chapters will take us? What about showing Nixon for all of three pages?