Sunday, September 9, 2012

Watchmen: Chapter IX - page 9


Panel 4:  Again, we have an oversized panel to help convey the drama and enormity of the scene.  In this instance, Dr. Manhattan releases his fortress from the red earth of Mars in preparation for sailing across this world to share with Laurie the wonders he sees there.  This image – of the giant clockwork fortress hovering just above the Martian ground – is juxtaposed ironically with Dr. Manhattan’s dialogue – “[I understand] the gravity of the situation.”  He does understand the grave situation of Earth, as pleaded by Laurie, and he understands how to manipulate gravity so that he might sail across this red world in his clockwork fortress.

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