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Buzz Book Club: Watchmen, Section Two

Hello, Buzz Book Club readers. I hope you're still enjoying the Watchmen so far. Does reading the book get you more anxious to see the upcoming movie? I certainly can't wait.

Before we get to chatting about this section, a reminder on how the book club works: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in February). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.

Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.

The next section: Read from the start of chapter seven through the end of chapter nine (stop before chapter 10) for Friday, Feb. 20.

To discuss the second section of Watchmen, in which we read from the start of chapter four to the end of chapter six,


  1. This section includes an issue that focuses on the history of Dr. Manhattan and another on the origin of Rorschach. In general, do you like learning about how superheroes/masked crusaders came to be that way? Or do you prefer an element of mystery?
  2. Does knowing more about Rorschach, in particular, make you feel differently toward him? I found that he lost some of his creepiness when I learned more about his past and his upbringing. I think he's one of my favorite characters.
  3. I still can't get the image of Dr. Manhattan's nervous system walking around on its own out of my head! Now that we're halfway through the book, are there particular images that are sticking with you?
  4. Finding out that a Dr. Manhattan-like figure existed would obviously be a shock, but somehow, it doesn't seem that far-fetched. Would you be creeped out if a Manhattan-like figure really did exist in our world? Or would it make you feel somehow safer to know we were in possession of something like that?
  5. In general, I still like the quotes and other text additions to each chapter, but I'm not loving the pirate comic; I find it distracting. What about you? Do you like it, and do you see the payoff from following it?
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