I never read The Watchmen when I was growing up. Apparently that was a process done under a rock somewhere… I was too busy with the moral depth of the X-men to bother with a whole ‘nother comic. That said, The Watchmen was something referred to by my sipsac sucking peers in hushed, conspiratorial whispers. “Pssst: have you seen this?” Of course I had. The cover art was wild, and spoke of dark heroism, replete with the nightmares that all champions wake to in cold sweats. A bit like Wolverine’s rough and tumble righteous bloodletting in contrast to the sanitized Samaritanism of the rest of the team. But I’d never read a single line of The Watchmen.
And now I don’t have to. I can see the movie instead. 🙂