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Who watches the men? #1: Trump rises

We reimagined the start of Trump’s presidency as a ‘Watchmen’ comic — because nothing is real anymore.
Life Imitates Art

Who watches the men? #1: Trump rises

We reimagined the start of Trump’s presidency as a ‘Watchmen’ comic — because nothing is real anymore.

The 1980s Watchmen comic book series straddled the creative line between realism and fantasy — a gory Reagan-era mirror to a society at mental and physical war with morality and justice. It wrestled with themes that still ring true today. “What Watchmen became was entirely a meditation about power,” writer Alan Moore said in a Comics Britannia interview.

The series explored deep questions with dark humor and even darker sincerity. Should politicians hold the keys to power? Who is a real “hero,” and should they be viewed as gods? And what happens to morals when the world is on the brink of destruction? Sound familiar? We thought so too.

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Who watches the men? #2: Hillary's escape

Part two of a Trump-era comic inspired by ‘Watchmen.’
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Arlen Schumer is an illustrator and comic book historian.

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