Nothing creates a stand-out book more than a stand-out ending, and what Moore and Gibbons did in Watchmen was fascinating. Not going to give anything away, but I will say that though they left us with more questions than answers, they also didn't leave us unsatisfied. You have to keep asking things, though, and I expect I will be thinking about this book for a while to come (another mark of a good novel). You keep asking things like:
- Is the villain the hero? Are the heroes villains?
- What is the nature of humanity: depraved, evil, and senseless? Worthless and purposeless? Unique and valuable?
- Do we need someone to force peace and a chance to start over?
- Did the "heroes" make the right choice, in the end?
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes. Who watches the watchmen?