21 June 2009

Well as I read "It's Superman," its a bit difficult because any thing I've read, which is written about Super Man has been in comic form with pictures. This was more like reading a novel. Every time I read a part which may involve a bit of action like when Lois almost got hit by a car and Super Man saves her, I found myself picturing this in a panel of a comic, with Super Man pushing that car out of the way with his strength. It helped me understand what I was reading, though, I was still a bit confused, or maybe wasn't following the story correctly. It seemed to jump from the beginning when Lois was helping Ben when he got shot, to the end where Clark/Super Man over powers the Robot and destroys it, but didn't seem to come together in the middle. There was a whole lot of reading, which I seemed to get lost in.

I did however enjoy "Under the Hood," though. It was cool to me how "The Night Owl" used his views on the world, what was going on in the world in that time, i.e., the great depression to make his decision on super hero's and becoming a super hero. How his becoming a police officer influenced him to become a superhero. This reading was, to me, descriptive, very clear and easy to follow. His idea on super hero's was to save the world and all of the sin that was going on. I suppose in other words a real super hero, trying to save the world against real life crime, crime that you know really happens, i.e., child pornography, rape, not so much make believe with powers that in real life don't exist. The Watchmen might be superhero's like Super Man, Bat Man, etc., but with out the power to move cars with their bare hands. This was an autobiography, maybe this is why it was easy to follow from the beginning of Watchmen to the end, and did come together throughout the writing. I wouldn't mind of all readings were similar to Mason's readings in the sense that the writer lists findings of real life.


  1. Well, to start, It's Superman! was "more like reading a novel" probably because it is a novel ;-)

    Confusion seems to be the main message coming from that novel, but I'd still like it if you dealt a little more with the psychological elements of the novel.

    What you find "cool" about Watchmen is, indeed what most made it stand out when it was first published--that these heroes are dealing with "real" crime. No one had ever written superhero comics like that, and suddently, Frank Miller and Alan Moore wrote two superhero comics about that at the same time! You should read the rest of it if you were really into it.