Izawwlgood wrote:In regards to a book commenting on the psychological aspects of non-super, masked vigilantes, yes, it rather is. It's a story about humans and society and history, and to toss a giant space squid in a tale that already has a God walking among us is off putting and doesn't fit the storyline as a whole.
At what point is Watchmen supposed to be about realism? It's science fiction. and the squid was a subversion of the kind of thing that goes on in normal superhero comics all the damn time.
Besides, both endings are fucked; the truth is even more cynical than Moore imagined: a common enemy (terrorism!) only creates further infighting (war, creeping totalitarianism, partisan politics, etc).
The value of the squid is that it was alien. Manhattan was just a guy (and a US guy, and there's no way the Russian's wouldn't regard that as a trick). But if the human race found out it wasn't alone in the universe, THEN maybe it could have worked. Maybe.
But seriously, there's all kinds of fucked up shit in Watchmen, and it's not any more irrational to introduce a genetically engineered squid than it is to pretend you can duplicate Manhattan's powers with a machine and teleport giant vaporizing bombs around. It's all just hand-waving and science-babble.