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Man, think the beginning is disorienting enough? Of course, I guess that's the point, showing how odd Jon's thought process are, now, compared to normal people. Still, disorienting!

A comment I almost missed when he's being introduced at his new job: "A guy like that, a genius, even he couldn't figure out women!" Ouch... and the reply that he's just human. But does that apply to Jon, now?

Sounds like Jon was more reactive than active, even before he changed physically...

And the accident: Yeugh. Enough said. Except that it's still a bit... jarring, in a gritty, "realistic" superhero piece like this to still have the superhuman elements. But I guess they're part and parcel of what's being deconstructed here, so it has to be there. It just feels odd.

"The morality of my activities escapes me," as he's blowing up heads. Indeed.

Man, Jon really isn't good at this human interaction thing, is he? Pretty much shooting down Hollis Mason's rosy-eyed plans for retirement (well, at least in the sense he thought) all while he seems to be trying to just make polite conversation. A very scary type of guy to have such power.

Ozymandias, and his own little fortress of solitude.

Rorschach, and his dead multiple rapist. It's sorta like a kitty leaving dead birds on your doorstep...

One other last comment: it's interesting to see the concept of Singularity being raised here, although it hadn't yet of course been given that term, and here it's artificially triggered due to Dr. Manhattan. Still.

Anyhow, please, discuss!



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khedron
Jan. 12th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
A comment I almost missed when he's being introduced at his new job: "A guy like that, a genius, even he couldn't figure out women!" Ouch... and the reply that he's just human. But does that apply to Jon, now?

Yes, perfectly. I also liked the flip side at the end, the quote from Einstein about how he should've been a watchmaker.

Sounds like Jon was more reactive than active, even before he changed physically...

Totally. Which kind of works, at least with the kind of super-hero-producing accident where your initial traits just become exaggerated.

"The morality of my activities escapes me," as he's blowing up heads. Indeed.

I don't quite understand that, as a few pages later he's saying he understands Blake & Vietnam. Does that mean he's just not bothering to think about it?

BTW, in that shot with Blake in the bar, the woman hanging off of him looks like the one who gives him the scar later (or earlier).

Man, Jon really isn't good at this human interaction thing, is he? Pretty much shooting down Hollis Mason's rosy-eyed plans for retirement (well, at least in the sense he thought) all while he seems to be trying to just make polite conversation. A very scary type of guy to have such power.

I'm kind of impressed that this was 1986 and they basically got the "electric cars which run on lithium batteries" thing right.


When he goes up to visit Ozymandias... Is Veidt always looking at the reader when he says things like, "Let's hope so" [that scientists are limited by their consciousness]?

BTW, I meant to mention last time. The Gila Flats sign, "per dolorem ad astra" - "Through suffering to the stars". As opposed to the motto of Kansas, "Ad astra per aspera", "to the stars with difficulties/through adversity".


Oh. I didn't mean to find this. That takes all the fun out of it! Ignoring.
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stormfeather
Jan. 13th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Oh geez, I knew about the codenames, but didn't pick up on the references.
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