Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Watchmen: Chapter VI - page 5


Panel 4:  The shallow smile given by Kovacs in this panel (subtly rendered by Dave Gibbons) could be read by Dr. Long as an admonition that “there’s hope,” as the doctor professed in the previous panel. But, in reality, Kovacs is smiling at the absurdity of the doctor and his willingness to believe Kovacs’s fabrications in this therapy session.

Panel 5:  Judging by Dr. Long’s response to Kovacs’s smile, it is possible he understands more fully what his patient is thinking.  But, more likely, the doctor just finds the change in expression from this taciturn and intense fellow unsettling in and of itself.

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