Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Watchmen: Chapter VIII - page 20


Panels 2-3:  This little aside by Dan and Laurie, where they are discussing the pragmatic problems with wearing a superhero costume (specifically the need to use the bathroom in the middle of apprehending a criminal), is an example of the verisimilitude that Moore added to this story – addressing real-world issues of superheroes that were rarely considered in comics before. 

Panel 6:  Laurie’s comment to Rorschach that one wouldn’t want to “go diving headfirst into things…” is not only a sarcastic remark to express her frustration with Rorschach, but is also a commentary on what just occurred in the bathroom while she and Dan waited outside.  Big Figure did indeed dive headfirst into one of the toilets, at the physical insistence of Rorschach. 

This reading of the remark is confirmed by Rorschach’s response in

Panel 7: where he says, “Sure there are many who’d agree with you,” meaning Big Figure.

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