Starting off, maybe something has been lost over time since the book came out and now. I will not say it is trully epic and absolutely flawless as some people in general have. It was a very good book. I must say even though I knew what some of what happened in the end I still had no clue what was really awaiting me when I got there.
The one bit I really really did not like was the stuff dealing with the pirate story that was being read off and on throughout the book. I think I understand it in the end but at the same time I may be wrong. I think it was in a round about way describing what happened with Veidt, and how his isolation from the world drove him mad?
My favorite chapter had to be when Laurie went to mars with Jon to try and convince him to come back and help. I cant really tell you why but for me it was just a great chapter to read. Maybe it had to do with the fact that she knew going on it was pointless to try and convince him but somehow she still managed to do it. It kind of reminds me of that Futurama episode where Bender meets god. Bender asks him if he knows what he will do before he does it, and god says yes. Bender then asks what if he does something else, and god says then I dont know.
I liked and at the same time was confused about the graffiti. I liked how it ended up being the moment with Dan and Laurie, but at the same time I wonder how some street artists were able to do it. I mean I am sure it ended up being coincidence but still.
I think I hurt myself a bit by only reading 1 chapter a day though. Because when I started getting near the end and I was reading more at a time I was really getting into it and couldnt wait to see what would happen next.
I think after a first reading I would give it a strong 8 out of 10.
Yeah, I wouldn't compare it to the bible. I mean, Watchmen is way better written than the bible. That's right, I said it.
But I hear your complaints. I always tell first time Watchmen readers to skip all the supplementary material as well as the pirate comic. All of that is really interesting the second time around, especially once you know how everything ends. The pirate story feels kind of superfluous until you realize that it's commenting on Viedt's master plan for world peace.
After I finished reading Watchmen, it really did something that I wasn't sure the actual intended purpose was: it made me have a much deeper appreciation of DC's other major superheroes and their respective groups. Each was the antithesis of the other flagship superheroes, especially with Dr. Manhattan being the obvious doppelganger to the Man of Steel. Jon seemed so out of touch with humanity in the story (even with his own relationship with Laurie and one before her), that it made him an even bigger jerk than what some people might say Superman is. After reading Watchmen, it made me question why such blind accusations are geared towards the Godfather of the Golden Age of Superheroes.
That's not to say I hated the characters. I really liked Rorschach and sympathized with him the most, and I even enjoyed Dan and Laurie's chemistry together as well. One chapter in particular, Dan feeling inadequate at times, and needing to be Nite Owl once again in order to overcome his low self esteem. And of course the book's climax and Dan and Laurie's moment together shortly thereafter. And I like how events are pretty much left to interpretation, especially when Ozymandias asks Dr. Manhattan if he did the right thing in the end. But again, the story, just as well, validates why heroes I like The Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Superman; their peers (should) strive to become more like them, and not fall into the pitfalls that heroes like The Comedian or Ozymandias or others in the Watchmen group fall into.