Who Watches the Watchmen…on iTunes?

Are you tired of those fat cats in Washington Hollywood always screwing up the economy your comic books? If purity in comics is what you’re after, and yet you’d like the convenience of having all your entertainment on your iPod, you’re in luck! DC Comics and Warner Brothers are offering up serialized episodes of Watchmen on iTunes, produced by Warner Premiere Motion Comics. “Hurm?” You say. Like in an audiobook, a single narrator reads the book and dialogue while the comic panels come to life with subtle animation and camera movement. It’s not Disney animation, or even Spongebob, but it does give you the feeling of movement, while staying true to the artistry of the illustrations. You can buy a season pass for $19.99, which will include the two episodes currently available, as well as future episodes. Individual episodes are $1.99 each. I’ve downloaded and watched the first two episodes, and I have to say, the poetry and brilliance of the writing really comes through, while the animation offers a stark and evocative backdrop. I’m holding total endorsement, though, until the next episode, where we’ll find out if they’re cutting Tales of the Black Freighter, or leaving it in. I think it’s safe to say that all the whores and politicians and comic book geeks will look up and shout, “Save us!”…and iTunes will look down and whisper, “No”


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