Written by Alan Moore, Watchmen invites readers into an alternate reality where superheroes exist. Most of my life, I have known about the classical superhero who has a strong moral compass, but Watchmen introduces me to a new type of superhero that is morally ambiguous. I enjoyed the character, Rorschach because he represented an individual who possessed zero tolerance of evil even in the face of Armageddon. With Doctor Manhattan, I witness a person who wields unlimited power and immortality and as a result becomes detached to the mortals around him. The villain is what I would categorize as a gray character because his intentions to unify the world were good, but the price he was willing to pay to make that happen was too high. I enjoyed the complexities of his plan and the steps he took to make his goal a reality. What this graphic novel shows its audience is that the world is not as black and white as most people think. Instead, it consists of different shades of gray with individuals who are neither good nor evil, but in between. I would recommend this graphic novel for anyone who is searching for an elaborate and intriguing story.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan, this amazing graphic novel tells the story of a group of children who discover their parents are secretly an organization of super villains called The Pride. Complete with a unique origin story and a fast-paced plot, the Runaways keeps the reader wondering what will happen next as these children attempt to save the very world their parents are trying to destroy. In addition, the powers and equipment that the children acquire to combat their parents’ evil are very intriguing with a deep sense of variety. When the writer created The Pride, it was enjoyable to see that he based them on all the various archetypes of super villains: crime lords, dark sorcerers, mad scientists, time travelers, alien invaders, and mutants. This story is highly recommended to anyone who would enjoy the superhero genre.
Name: Brick Baxter
Alias: Cyber Shadow
Occupation: Former school bully, supervillain, and mass-murderer
Personality and Traits: Sadistic, arrogant, psychopathic, vengeful, and bloodthirsty
Goals: Seek revenge against Patrick Donovan and kill anyone or anything that gets in his way.
Powers and Abilities: Cybernetic body equipped with superhuman strength, durability, reflexes, flight, and advanced weaponry.
Vulnerabilities: If his brain is damaged or destroyed, he will die. In addition, the experimental technology that keeps him alive also drives him insane.