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The Watchmen: Motion Comic is a 2008 American animated short film series of motion comics for web and television based on the DC comic book series Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons.[1] 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. All characters are voiced by actor Tom Stechschulte.[2][3][4] It was released on DVD in March 2009 to coincide with the Watchmen movie's release.[5][6]

Watchmen: Motion Comic
Watchmen- Motion Comic.jpg
Promotional poster
GenreScience fiction
Created byDave Gibbons
Alan Moore
Based on
  • Dave Gibbons
  • Alan Moore
Directed byJake Strider Hughes
Voices ofTom Stechschulte
Theme music composerLennie Moore
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Executive producer(s)Wesley Coller
Running time25-30 minutes (per episode)
325 minutes (DVD)
Production company(s)Cruel and Unusual Films
Original releaseJuly 17, 2008 –
February 23, 2009


In October 1985, during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and on the eve of nuclear war, a depressed Rorschach, one of several outlawed vigilante superheroes, begins to investigate why all former masked superheroes are either dead or have declined.


# Title Viewers (in millions) Original Air date Production code
1"At Midnight, All the Agents..."4.09July 17, 2008 (2008-07-17)TBA
Rorschach investigates the Comedian's death, formulating a "mask killer" theory.
2"Absent Friends"3.69October 6, 2008 (2008-10-06)TBA
The Comedian is buried and his history is revealed through a series of flashbacks.
3"The Judge of All the Earth"3.41October 20, 2008 (2008-10-20)TBA
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.
4"Watchmaker"3.73November 3, 2008 (2008-11-03)TBA
On Mars, Doctor Manhattan contemplates his history, which is revealed through a series of flashbacks.
5"Fearful Symmetry"2.80November 17, 2008 (2008-11-17)TBA
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"2.79December 1, 2008 (2008-12-01)TBA
In police custody, Rorschach is interviewed by Dr. Malcolm Long, a psychiatrist. Rorschach's history and identity are revealed.
7"A Brother to Dragons"1.98December 15, 2008 (2008-12-15)TBA
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"2.81December 29, 2008 (2008-12-29)TBA
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"1.68January 12, 2009 (2009-01-12)TBA
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..."2.72January 26, 2009 (2009-01-26)TBA
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..."2.42February 9, 2009 (2009-02-09)TBA
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"2.88February 23, 2009 (2009-02-23)TBA
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.

International broadcastersEdit

Country Broadcaster Series Premiere Timeslot
  Canada Space June 9, 2009 22:00, 22:30
  Australia GO! December 5, 2010 23:00
  Portugal RTP2 November 22, 2010 23:30

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jane Halsall, R. William Edminster. Visual media for teens. ABC-CLIO, 2009.
  2. ^ Scott Chitwood. "Blu-ray and DVD Reviews - Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic". Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  3. ^ ""Watchmen" (2008) TV Series". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
  4. ^ "Watchmen Comic". DC Comics. 6-10-08. Retrieved 2009-04-01. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ John Scott Lewinski (January 24, 2009). "Gibbons Provides New Watchmen Art; Motion Comic Goes DVD". Wired News. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  6. ^ "This week in entertainment". The Oakland Tribune. March 2, 2009.

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