Monday, November 5, 2012

Watchmen: Chapter XI - page 4


Panel 5:  As we have come to learn, when Moore & Gibbons craft a large panel that encompasses more than one of the 9-grid panels, it is a visual signal of the importance of that panel.  Veidt’s remark that there is “…no time like the present,” which is made as he exits the main hall through a door beneath the painting of Alexander solving the puzzle of the Gordian Knot, symbolizes Veidt’s intent to finally put his plan into motion. 

As a side note, Moore & Gibbons again play the dialogue against the imagery in an ironic manner, as Veidt’s comment about there being “…no time like the present…” is made beneath an image of an ancient event, while on the adjoining wall multiple clocks show the “present” time in varying time zones.

Also, it is important to note that it is roughly 11:25, New York time, right now.

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