Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Watchmen: Chapter XII - page 21


Panel 4:  This image – a large panel with the figures of Nite Owl and Silk Spectre small in the background – is yet another instance of how Moore & Gibbons utilized the medium to tell their story.  This scene, with its expansive openness surrounding the two heroes, emphasizes how alone and helpless Nite Owl and Silk Spectre feel right now.  They are both literally and metaphorically small and insignificant.

Panel 7:  Moore & Gibbons continue to play with the words and pictures as Nite Owl’s admission that he and Silk Spectre are “out of [their] depth” is stated over an image of these two entering an area of Veidt’s fortress where there is a pool, within which one who could not swim might be out of one’s depth.

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