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By M. HOWELL  |  March 4, 2009

The parallel pirate narrative is the plainest sign or Moore's ambition. He takes as his own a minor sub-genre of what has always been dismissed as an adolescent (and therefore minor) genre – using it first to underline the richness of his own creation and then to drive home his moral point.; The moment when the tale of the Black Freighter and that of the Watchmen finally come together is the revelation Moore has been preparing for you all along. By then, it's no surprise that he can weave in an epigraph like "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (from Abraham's reproach to God in Genesis) and the spray-painted query WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN? (borrowed from Juvenal's sixth Satire). Precisely because he, Gibbons, and Higgins refuse to observe the presumed restrictions of their chosen form, Moore has made a world where both questions can be asked in the most forceful way. It's a world where all the details, all the people, are essential – that's what Dr. Manhattan discovers on lifeless Mars, and what you discover in Watchmen. Alan Moore plays God exceedingly well.

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