The Watchmen: Motion Comic is a 2008 American animated short film series of motion comics for web and television based on the comic book series Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. The series consists of twelve abridged 25–30 minute segments, each based on and sharing a name with one of the twelve chapters of the book. Both male and female characters are voiced by actor Tom Stechschulte.
1. “At Midnight, All the Agents…”
Rorschach investigates the Comedian’s death, formulating a “mask killer” theory.
2. “Absent Friends”
The Comedian is buried and his history is revealed through a series of flashbacks.
3. “The Judge of All the Earth”
Doctor Manhattan’s relationship with Laurie Juspeczyk erodes and he discovers that many of his colleagues have contracted terminal cancer. Doctor Manhattan exiles himself to Mars.
On Mars, Doctor Manhattan contemplates his history, which is revealed through a series of flashbacks.
5. “Fearful Symmetry”
Rorschach continues to pursue his “mask killer” theory, focusing on Moloch. Moloch is murdered and Rorschach is the target of a setup, leading to his capture by the police.
6. “The Abyss Gazes Also”
In police custody, Rorschach is interviewed by Dr. Malcolm Long, a psychiatrist. Rorschach’s history and identity are revealed.
7. “A Brother to Dragons”
Silk Spectre continues to stay with Nite Owl and they become romantically involved. Nite Owl and Silk Spectre save people from an apartment fire, and resolve to break Rorschach out of prison.
8. “Old Ghosts”
The current Nite Owl (Dan Dreiberg) and Silk Spectre break Rorschach out of prison. Doctor Manhattan takes Silk Spectre to Mars. In retaliation for the prison break, gang members murder Hollis Mason, the retired original Nite Owl, believing him to be the one responsible for the prison break.
9. “The Darkness of Mere Being”
On Mars, Laurie (Silk Spectre) tries to convince Jon (Doctor Manhattan) to save the world, who insists life is unimportant. Laurie talks about her childhood, which is shown in a series of flashbacks. Laurie realises that the Comedian is her real father.
10. “Two Riders Were Approaching…”
Nite Owl and Rorschach continue to investigate the “mask killer” conspiracy theory, reaching the conclusion that Veidt (Ozymandias) is behind it. Rorschach mails his journal to the New Frontiersman, a right-wing newspaper.
11. “Look on My Works, Ye Mighty…”
In Karnak, his antarctic base, Ozymandias narrates his history. When Nite Owl and Rorschach confront him, believing that he planned to start World War 3, he fights them off while explaining his plan to end the Cold War by faking an alien invasion, and reveals that his plan has already been set into motion.
12. “A Stronger Loving World”
Doctor Manhattan and Silk Spectre head to Veidt’s base. Veidt convinces everyone there that his fake alien has led to world peace and revealing the hoax will undermine it and make the deaths for naught. All agree except for Rorschach, who storms out, but Doctor Manhattan vaporizes him. In the end, Manhattan decides to leave Earth and Dan and Laurie assume fake identities.
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