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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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beanbagchair beanbagchair 8 years
1. The origin issues are all my favorites, including the one for the Comedian in issue two, disturbing as it was. I'm glad we get the same for Laurie in issue 9, and hope we get a bit more about Dan and Adrian as we get to the end. It just adds so much texture to the characters. 2. It really just makes me pity Rorschach. He has an incredibly twisted sense of justice that utterly alienates from the rest of humanity, and he suffers as a result. In an odd way, he seems just like Dr. Manhattan, only he feels obliged to save humanity from itself, while Manhattan thinks it's best to just let things happen as they would anyway. 3. When I think about this series, I see Manhattan in Vietnam, enormous and destroying villages, and I think a lot about the shot of Veidt stopping his attacker in the lobby in issue 5. 4. I think I would be terrified, especially because, as the series shows, you ultimately can't control a literally omnipotent figure. He will do as he chooses. 5. I hate the pirate comic. It isn't adding enough to the story to justify how much of the comic it occupies.
Choco-cat Choco-cat 8 years
I enjoy knowing how the superheroes came to be. It makes me feel like I know the character better. It's so funny that you say knowing Rorschach's history cause him to loose some of his creepiness for you - it totally made it worse for me! I just thought he was all around creepy before, but now I learn he's outright crazy, particularly when it comes to women. I think Rorschach's way of picking his mask is sticking with me, and I don't like it. I think, in all honesty, I'd be fascinated and creeped out. He doesn't really have human emotions any more and could obliterate everything with a finger-snap. I'd be a little concerned about that. On the other hand, it might be fascinating to be able to talk to someone like that and ask them questions. I'm sure the pirate comic is going to tie in, but I really (REALLY) don't like it! So far, there are just too many disturbing elements to this comic. I guess I like mine more clear-cut. It reminds me of Neil Gaiman's Sandman. I got to volume 8 or so and finally had to stop because I just didn't like all the violence and sex (especially tied together and illustrated). I do plan on finishing The Watchmen, but it's been a struggle so far.
nowayjose22 nowayjose22 8 years
I've read the novel already, but i love that you're doing this!
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