1. It’s very strange that so many people don’t see Rorsharch like that, it seemed pretty blatant from the first page (and Seymour as this weird metaphorical iteration of Rorsharch, or this fanboy agency behind him — peer-pressured by the macho right and held in suspension at the end on whether he’ll continue Rorsharch’s work, what the reader thinks by the end).

    I always though Ozymandias would be perfect if played by Tom Cruise, with that sense of megastardom arian quality mixed with that smugly maniacal arrogance and hubris and tinged with this scifi pyramid-loving cultist lunacy. But the shit gay jokes would probably still be there. Sigh.

    And your post pretty much captured what weird personal issues Alan Moore must have been going through at the time (which encapsulates most fanboys entire lives and the last decades of the industry).

  2. I have to say, insinuating Alan Moore hates women because of a character from a story which is a comment on a genre which has streaks of misogyny in its history is weak sauce.
    Other than that, yep, bang on.

  3. _Every_ character is a parody (if that’s even the right word) of comic book fans, with each one representing a different way in which we’ve had our minds twisted by a lifetime’s exposure to the superhero genre. You could probably even devise some sort of bogus horoscope-like thing to class & type fans with.

  4. This is awesome stuff, DW. I too am not sure that Laurie and Sally are the best data points for establishing the sexism of Moore’s work, just because everyone in Watchmen is such a schmuck; but damn, to the extent that women appear at all in Moore’s stories, they really don’t get much of a choice other than that of vamp or victim, do they?

  5. Steven–Promethea does continue the “young woman finds enlightenment through kinky sex” trend that appears in Moore’s more recent work, though.

  6. Regarding Moore and women, what about Top Ten? A wide selection of very human female characters, and you’d be hard pressed to pigeonhole any of them as victim or vamp (well, maybe Girl 13, if you really want to), and nary a one enlightened through kinky sex.

    The trouble with Watchmen and women was that there weren’t enough of them. But that was true of the genre being taken apart as well, and while I’m generally leery of the “but the men are just as bad” argument, in this case, all the men are much much WORSE.

    The “Ozy is totally teh gayzorz!” thing was kinda eye-rolling, though.

  7. I feel like you’re missing the point with Rorschach, perhaps as much as those who see him as the hero of the story, but whatever – this’s hardly a serious critique.

    In terms of recent female Moore characters, I remember liking Dhalua Strong, and I’m not sure why Promethea should be disqualified for having sex?