By Raven (and Jaylon) Gregory
It was some nineteen years ago, sixth or seven grade, I stumbled upon Watchmen at my local public library and I have to say the first time I read it I absolutely hated it. It was a drag to read but somehow I made my way through this immense piece of fiction and got to the end not really getting it at all but getting the sense that I indeed did not “get it” which explained the lack of enjoyment at the time.
Some many years passed in which I was introduced to X-Men, Hulk, EC Comics, and indie books of all different flavors and eventually Watchmen found its way back into my hands and upon a second reading I was absolutely blown away and have been in each of the eight subsequent readings over the years.
Fast forward to Friday the 13th 2009, the week after the debut of the Watchmen movie where me and my son (now 12 and about the same age as I was when I discovered Watchmen for myself) went to see the movie (second time for me and first for him and yes I covered his eyes during the sex scene as that’s just what dads do) and I thought it would be cool to interview my son and get his thoughts on the movie, being that even though he is the son of a comic writer he has only recently begun “getting” hard core into comics and had just finished reading Watchmen for his first time three months ago.
I’ve always tried my best not to censor what my son reads. I remember reading Stephen King’s THE STAND in sixth grade, and Robert McCameron and Dean Koontz, as well as discovering EC’s Vault of Horror series as well as other various adult reading literature. So with that in mind it’s rare that, with the exception of my own books which I still find are too violent for him to read, and any adult adult material, that I say no to anything he wants to check out. An example being I only recently forbid him reading THE WALKING DEAD after the now infamous “rape” scene occurred as some things are just not for kids. He still tries to sneak reading it but I’ve gotten pretty good at catching him at it whenever we go to the comic store.
So with all that said, let’s get to it and see what my son Jaylon thought of Watchmen movie and book and how much what he thinks is shared by those of you seeing it for the first, or reading it for the tenth time.
RG: So, Jaylon, what kind of comics and books do you like to read?
JG: Mouse Guard, any Zombie books like World War Z, Hulk, Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimatum, Old Man Logan (he really likes that), Batman Hush.
RG: That’s cool. You seem to like a lot of different books. What made you decide to read Watchmen?
JG: Well, my dad offered me a deal where if I read a chapter every day I’d get to play an hour on the Xbox 360 but after I read the first chapter I didn’t really care about playing the game and just really started liking the book.
RG: What did you think of the book when you read it?
JG: I thought that it was pretty good. I liked how it had a normal start. But then got interesting quickly with the mystery of who murdered the Comedian.
RG: When you were reading it, did you have any guesses as to who was behind the death of the Comedian?
JG: No, no clue at all. I thought it was some ex-nemesis of the Comedians’. But then I finished reading and I found out it was one of his friends and I was like oh my gosh the creators of Watchmen were really thinking and that the readers would never see that coming.
RG: So, enough about the graphic novel as we could talk forever about that. What did you think of the movie?
JG: I thought it was pretty good. I liked that it showed Rorschach mask change all the time. But it was boring the first half but the second half I really liked as it had a lot more action, a lot more kicking butt, and you got to find out who killed the Comedian.
RG: What did you think about the revelation that Oz was behind it all? Did you agree with Rorschach or Oz point of view?
JG: I was pretty impressed. If you were a superhero it would take a lot of guts to risk millions of lives to save billions. So I have to say I agree with Oz. But a person is still a person no matter what so I’d have to agree with both of them as killing is wrong no matter what the reason…that no reason is good enough reason to kill anyone.
RG: So of the movie and the graphic novel which did you enjoy more?
JG: Book more…because it was slower and easier to understand it all where as the movie just went right past you.
RG: So movie and book. 1 to 10. How would you rate them?
JG: Book 8.9 and the movie 7.5
RG: So do you think you’ll read the book again? Do you think you’ll watch the movie again as well? Or have you had enough of Watchmen?
JG: I think I might, that’s a positive maybe, that I might read the book again, but I will definitely see the movie again and watch the extra material DVD stuff coming out later this month. The pirate thing.
RG: Well, thanks for talking with us and I think it’s way past time you got your butt in bed. Any last words?
JG: I thought you and me were going to play bang-bang on Resident Evil 5.
RG: Don’t push it.
JG: Go Nite Owl.
RG: P.S. It was better the second time around. Night, folks.
Editor Zenescope Entertainment