10 février 2017

15 trésors cachés dans les pages de Watchmen

Le site CBR dresse la liste de 15 trésors cachés dans les pages de la série Watchmen. Je dois dire que, malgré de nombreuses lectures, plusieurs d'entre eux m'avaient échappé. Les voici:


15. ENOLA GAY AND THE LITTLE BOYS
La guerre nucléaire est un thème omniprésent dans cette série. Ceci est une référence aux bombes larguées sur le Japon. 

14. BLOODY BADGE #1
Le macaron du Comedian reçoit une goutte de sang... 14 ans avant son assassinat!

13. BLOODY BADGE #2
La prise d'une borne pour véhicules électriques ressemble au fameux macaron.


12. SNOOPY
Le célèbre chien apparaît sur le soulier d'une victime de meurtre. Et l'affiche du Bouddha maculée de sang rappelle, encore une fois, la macaron du Comedian.

11. QUESTION BECOMES RORSCHACH
Un point d'interrogation se transforme en symbole de Rorschach. Il s'agit d'un clin d'oeil. À l'origine, Moore souhaitait utiliser le super-héros The Question dans ce rôle.


10. WHAT BECAME OF VIETNAM?
La couverture d'un journal annonce que le Vietnam est maintenant le 51e état des USA.

9. ALL HEL
(...) on the cover of “Watchmen” #3, where we see a Fallout Shelter sign, only the F is intentionally cropped, so that it initially reads “Allout Helter.” Helter means “undue haste, confusion, disorder” 

8. SUPERMAN?
Le symbole de Superman apparaît sur un panneau de l'armée.


7. OR ALL DIE
(...) after the “alien attack” on New York City, the name of the Institute of Extraspatial Studies is obscured so that only “Or Al Die” are visible.


6. CRUCIFY MY LOVE
Génial: "the painting is of Alexander the Great (Ozymandias’ idol) cutting the Gordian knot. The Gordian knot is a legend about Alexander that celebrates “thinking outside the box.” There was a famed knot in Gordium that no one could unravel. It was a test for many. Alexander, however, solved the knot by simply cutting through it with a sword. He was celebrated for taking a different look to solving a problem. This is obviously how Ozymandias viewed his attempt to unify the world, by faking an alien attack on the planet.

However, going further, Ozymandias also saw himself as a martyr, sacrificing everything for the good of the world. Moore and Gibbons brilliantly displayed this aspect of Ozymandias’ personality by showing him celebrate his “victory” by putting his hands in such a position where, combined with the painting in the background, it appears as though Ozymandias is being crucified, with Alexander’s sword and the wooden pole standing in as nails through his hands/wrists.


5. WHAT THE VEIDT METHOD CAN DO FOR YOU
In an extremely clever reference, after the Ozymandias’ “alien attack” killed millions in New York City, we see an ad for the “Veidt Method” on the back cover of a comic book. The slogan is “I will give you bodies beyond your wildest imagining.” That, of course, is exactly what Veidt did, just in a much bloodier way that anyone would have imagined.

4. BY THE POWER OF SMOKE SKULL!
Un crâne hurlant dans la fumée de la couverture du numéro 3.

3. BLOODY BADGE #3
L'entrée de la base d'Ozymandias, éclaboussée du sang de Rorschach, donne, encore une fois... le macaron.

2. OZYMANDIAS FORMS A CLOCK
Les bras d'Ozymandias (visibles dans l'image plus haut) représentent les aiguilles de la Doomsday Clock...


1. FEARFUL SYMMETRY
The greatest easter egg in “Watchmen” is literally an entire issue long. “Watchmen” #5 is named “Fearful Symmetry” after a line from William Blake’s “The Tyger.” However, just as the cover shows the symmetrical Rs, the issue itself is entirely symmetrical. That is to say, the first page is a reflection of the last page, the second page is a reflection of the second to last page and so on and so forth, until the book meets in the middle, which is a double page spread with a V in the middle….

See how the panels on each page mirror each other? That goes on throughout the comic! So, if, say, Laurie is in the foreground of a panel and Dan is in the background, then later in the comic, their mirrored panel will have Dan in the foreground and Laurie in the background. You could spend hours just examining the almost insane level of detail that Moore and Gibbons put into making the issue match throughout the book.

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