23 June 2009

Everyones Hero

As Mason proposed story would have left many of the characters unusable for future stories, Mason used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to critique the superhero concept. Watchmen takes place in an alternate history. United States where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s, helping the United States to become safe. The country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, freelance costumed vigilantes have been outlawed and most costumed superheroes are in retirement or working for the government. The story focuses on the personal development and struggles of the protagonists.Watchmen is set in an alternate reality which closely mirrors the contemporary world of the 1980s. The primary point of divergence is the presence of superheroes. Their existence in this iteration of America is shown to have dramatically affected and altered the outcomes of real-world events such as war. These readings have been interesting and fun. Reading comics like Superman allows the to imagine what every human wants to imagine of being a superhero and saving the world or someone like Clark. It is about facing fears that human hold within themselves and being a hero in the end and solving the problem on their own. Also, comics hold a special story line that help American’s and other nations deal with the world problems in a humor way. This helping humans understand that no matter how bad there is always a hero out there to help fix the problem

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