Monday, November 12, 2012

Watchmen: Chapter XI - page 11


Panel 1:  Veidt’s comment that the great thinkers from ancient times entrusted their greatest secrets to “…their servants, buried alive with them in sand-flooded chambers…” foreshadows what we will discover two panels hence – that Veidt has killed his servants.

Panel 2:  Note the clock, partially hidden in the background, reads minutes to midnight.

Panel 3:  And the perching of the butterfly on the servant’s nose – with no reaction from the servant – reveals the ultimate fate of these three men.  The static nature of the images in a comic is the one thing that allows for this delayed realization – something that could not have been done convincingly in any other visual medium.

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