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Watchmen Vol 1 12


Watchmen Vol 1 12

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"A Strong and Loving World": Rorschach and Dan Dreiberg discover that Adrian Veidt is behind the attacks on the masked superheroes. They meet Adrian at his South Pole base. Veidt explains his underlying plan is to save humanity from impending nuclear war between the United States and Soviet Unio

Quote1 "In the end?" Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends. Quote2
-- Dr. Manhattan

Appearing in "A Strong and Loving World"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


  • Squid

Other Characters:

  • Aline (Deceased)
  • Bernard (Deceased)
  • Bernie (Deceased)
  • Comedian (In a photograph only)
  • Derf (Deceased)
  • Gloria Long (Deceased)
  • Hector Godfrey
  • Seymour
  • Detective Steven Fine (Deceased)
  • Detective Joe Bourquin (Deceased)


  • Karnak



Synopsis for "A Strong and Loving World"

Rorschach and Dan Dreiberg discover that Adrian Veidt is behind the attacks on the masked superheroes. They meet Adrian at his South Pole base. Veidt explains his underlying plan is to save humanity from impending nuclear war between the United States and Soviet Union by faking an alien invasion in New York City, which will kill half the city's population. The alien (often called the "giant squid" by fans) is a monster engineered by Veidt using the brain of a psychic. He hopes this will unite the nations against a perceived common enemy. He also reveals that he had killed The Comedian, arranged for Dr. Manhattan's past associates to contract cancer, and staged the attempt on his own life in order to place himself above suspicion, all in an attempt to prevent his plan from being exposed. Finding his logic callous and abhorrent, Dreiberg and Rorschach attempt to stop him but discover that Veidt has already enacted his plan.

Dr. Manhattan and Laurie Juspeczyk also go to Antarctica to try to find out who brought the horrors of the 'aliens' to the world. They try to stop Adrian from causing further harm but when he gets through with his plans all the masks present agree to keep the secret of who caused the 'aliens' and the killing of people that united the world, to keep the peace. Rorschach doesn't agree with keeping the secret which results with him walking into his own death because he knows Dr. Manhattan will not let him bring out the secret. In the end, the previously ignored journal of Rorschach is (possibly) picked by the newspaper he sent it to.


  • The title of this issue is from "Santies" by John Cale. A passage from "Santies" appear at the end of the issue: "It would be a stranger world, a stranger loving world, to die in."
  • On one of the news broadcasts mentions of "A pregnant woman, convinced her unborn child was eating her..." This is a call back to issue #8 where Hira Manish talked to Max Shea about "Illustrating that sequence where the young chew their way out of their mother's womb was quite an experience."
  • The silhouette of Daniel and Laurie embracing each other is strongly reminiscent of the Hiroshima lovers graffiti.
  • At Sally's retirement home, there is a TV showing the Outer Limits episode, "The Architects of Fear." The episode was the basis for the ending of Watchmen, in which editor Len Wein stated that Alan Moore stole the ending from the episode. Len Wein disliked reusing the episode's ending and quit the Watchmen series when Moore refused to change it.[1] Wein later wrote Before Watchmen: Ozymandias and specifically referred "The Architects of Fear" as an in-universe source of Ozymandias' idea, as a jab at Moore.


  • In the movie adaptation, the ending was changed from using a genetically-engineered squid monster to kill half of New York City, to exploding energy reactors with Dr. Manhattan's energy in it in various cities across the globe; in which Dr. Manhattan is then framed for the disaster.
  • The Gunga Diner has been replaced by a new restaurant call Burgers 'N' Borscht, reflecting the new friendliness between the United States and the Soviets.
  • On the New Utopia's playbill, it reads "Tarkovsky Season This Week: The Sacrifice and Nostalgia." The Sacrifice is a 1986 Swedish film, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, about an upcoming holocaust and peoples' reactions to it
  • When Seymour walks back to the news office, there is a graffiti that reads "Watch the Skies." This is a reference to the phrase "Keep watching the skies" that was used in 1950's sci-fi movies.
  • There is a newspaper showing a picture of President Nixon and Mikhail Gorbachev shaking hands.

See Also

Recommended Reading

  • None.

Links and References

  • No external links.
  1. Ho, Richard (November 2004). "Who's Your Daddy??". Wizard (Wizard Entertainment) (140): 68–74.

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