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.
Arlen Schumer is an illustrator and comic book historian.