Thursday, November 15, 2012

Watchmen: Chapter XI - page 14


Panel 1: where the arms of the Black Freighter’s main character are transposed with those of Rorschach’s, as he and Nite Owl approach their own Black Freighter in the form of Adrian Veidt’s Antarctic fortress, Karnak.  This visual link between panels 13:9 and 14:1 also yields yet another symbolic link between Veidt and the main character of the Black Freighter story.

Panel 2:  It may not have been readily evident in panel 1, but the presence of the palm tree in the background of this panel allows us to orient ourselves to where Rorschach and Nite Owl are approaching – the previous site for Veidt’s vivarium, where he offered up his servants to their final rest.

Panel 5:  Nite Owl’s comment – “…up here…we’re out of our natural environment…” – is emphasized by the butterfly (a warm weather creature) half-buried in the snow.

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