First Topic – Watchmen
Watchmen is a twelve-issue limited comic book series published by DC Comics in single issues during 1986 and 1987. In an alternate 1985 America, costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – he glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching the watchmen? The comics have now been set to film, and Steven Greydanus says it may be one of the most faithful adaptations ever put to film. He has the review.
Second Topic – Direct to my Desk