He is met by Carver Coleman and as they talk in a diner, Doctor Manhattan sees all moments of Carver's future until his death prior to April 19th Overhearing news of a mysterious man who lifted a car over his head, Doctor Manhattan leaves and witnesses the first appearance of the Golden Age Superman. Doctor Manhattan witnesses several variations of the death of Superman's foster parents: Jonathan and Martha Kent, the origins of Superman, and also when a young Superboy met the Legion of Superheroes.
In order to appease his curiosity, Doctor Manhattan takes the Green Lantern away from Alan Scott, preventing the creation of the Green Lantern and the formation of the JSA, in order to see how the changes affect Superman. In the process of doing this, Doctor Manhattan realises that this universe is not part of the Multiverse and it is the Metaverse, with the Multiverse reacting to the changes within this universe hence why there have been endless parallel worlds, none at all, 52 universes, and a Dark Multiverse.
Having changed history in the Metaverse, Doctor Manhattan created the New 52 Universe and as he witnesses the first appearance of the New 52 Superman, he is confronted by Wally West of the Pre-Flashpoint Universe, who briefly escapes the Speed Force to warn him that he knows what Doctor Manhattan did and that the heroes of the DC Universe will stop him, before being dragged back in. Doctor Manhattan likens Wally's appearance to the Metaverse fighting back at the changes done to it, an innate hope that fights back to the surface.
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He returns to Carver Colman on June 8th , 10 seconds before he is killed by his mother, and he thinks upon the future he sees where Superman attacks him, believing that he will either die by Superman's hands or destroy the Metaverse. Back to present day, Doctor Manhattan returns to Earth and ponders on the fact that he is a being of inaction on a collision course with a man of action Superman , and to this universe of hope, he has become the villain.
Doctor Manhattan's body is humanoid, with the build of a tall muscular male. His height and relative size vary depending on his needs, but generally remains above 6 feet tall. He is completely blue altering his shade and luminosity at will and has no hair. On his forehead he has etched a stylized image of a hydrogen atom.
He did this during preparations by the military for his unveiling to the general public. They presented him with a hat as a part of his uniform that had a group of crossed ellipses on it, intended to look like an atom but Jon did not see the resemblance. He replaced it with a symbol of his own, saying that if he were to have a symbol it should at least be one that he respects.
As Doctor Manhattan, his costume started out as a black leotard, which presumably he created. As time progressed the costume shrank progressively to a pair of shorts, then a speedo, then a thong; he eventually went on to wear nothing at all, since he could not comprehend the need for clothing. The only purpose his original costume served was to make those around him including the general public more comfortable. Before the experiment Jon Osterman is human, of average height. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is a professional physicist and is often seen wearing a suit.
Manhattan, though supremely powerful, suffers from a decreasing ability to relate to normal humans. Perhaps due to his perception of time and realisation of the deterministic universe, he begins to show symptoms of apathy. From his radically altered perspective, almost all human concerns appear pointless and without obvious merit. He describes Laurie as his 'only remaining link to humanity'. This is demonstrated when the relationship ends, and Doctor Manhattan leaves Earth.
This is also due to evidence coming to light that a number of those who were once close to him, including his former girlfriend Janey Slater, have come down with terminal cancer. Manhattan feels that he poses a threat to others, and he exiles himself to Mars, stating "I am tired of Earth, these people.
I'm tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives. It causes him to reflect on the sheer chance that life should come to be in any form, but after the Watchmen fail to prevent Ozymandias's destruction of New York, he departs Earth, commenting that he may explore new life in other parts of the galaxy. In DC Rebirth 1, Pandora accuses her killer — currently thought to be Doctor Manhattan — of believing in skepticism, doubt and corruption, proclaiming that he cannot understand the hope personified in the heroes of the DC Universe , and that they will "prove [him] wrong".
His meddling with the DC Universe to satisfy his own curiosity shows extreme apathy. He's altered the timeline so much, that several events and people were altered or wiped out. However, thanks to the Convergence , Wally West and Superman , much of the damage was undone; though Manhattan wasn't deterred from continuing his experiment. In the last Watchmen issue, Manhattan claimed that "nothing ends" despite Ozymandias succeeding in his plan for world peace. But on Doomsday Clock , Manhattan withdrew from what he previously said after witnessing the DC Universe's citizens losing their own faith on their heroes, now affirming that "everything ends".
By the time Manhattan was confronted by most of Earth's heroes, he didn't fight in full power and mocked them and their abilities. Jon is the only character in Watchmen to possess superpowers. Throughout Watchmen , he is shown to be absolutely powerful and invulnerable to all harm; even when his body is disintegrated, he can reconstruct it in a matter of seconds and remains unharmed.
He is capable of altering his size depending on his needs, for example, reconstructing himself in a much bigger form. He can hurl huge objects effortlessly with his hands. He is also unable to exhaust himself. Jon has complete awareness of and control over atomic and subatomic particles. He is also an omnikinetic. He does not need air, water, food or sleep, and is immortal.
He can teleport himself and others over limitless distances. He is also capable of true flight, although he uses only levitation in most of his appearances. Due to his perception of time, he sees his past, present and future simultaneously. In addition to these powers, Jon is able to phase any part of his body through solid objects without damaging them, produce multiple copies of himself which function independently of each other, project destructive energy, disintegrate people, create force fields, transmute, create and destroy matter, move objects without physically touching them telekinesis , reverse entropy, repair anything no matter how severe the damage is, and, he suggests, create life.
He also claims to have walked on the surface of the sun. At one point it is stated that, in the event of a nuclear war, he would be capable of destroying Soviet nuclear missiles while at the same time 'destroying' large areas of Russia. As a result of these capabilities, Jon becomes central to the United States' Cold War strategy of deterrence.
He effortlessly overpowered and disintegrated Pandora , who in turn overpowered the Seven Deadly Sins with ease, with each Sin being capable of destroying a multiverse the size of DC Comics several times over. He is also capable of manipulating reality as he sees fit, as seen when he erased ten years from the DC Universe, when Barry Allen tried to bring his original universe back to normal. The intervention of Jon caused The New 52 timeline to be formed, within which most superheroes are younger and less experienced, and most of them lose their most important relationships before they even begin.
Even Mister Mxyzptlk himself acknowledges Jon to be far more powerful than him. In the film adaptation Watchmen , physics professor James Kakalios of the University of Minnesota was used as a scientific consultant, and shed light on the potential scientific explanations of Doctor Manhattan's powers both in the film and the comic.
Kakalios explained that the intrinsic field has basis in reality in that it is a representation of a collection of the electromagnetic , and strong and weak nuclear forces. Kakalios explained that if a being were able to manipulate matter, such a being would have complete control over these three forces; hence, the "intrinsic field" would exist.
Kakalios also explained that while it is unlikely, Doctor Manhattan's teleportation abilities could seemingly be achieved through quantum tunnelling , should Doctor Manhattan have control over his probability wave functions. The character of Doctor Manhattan is one that invokes thought on the philosophy of metaphysics. There are various themes addressed throughout the Watchmen series from philosophy of time and eternalism , to determinism and its relationship to ethics , to addressing questions such as "What does it mean to be human?
The character is primarily cited as the representation of the potential side effects and dangers of a superintelligence, which include detachment from the rest of humanity and potentially characteristics of apathy. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the rock band, see Dr Manhattan band. That is a mislabeled drug case. Using " universal malice " type reasoning, it holds that there is no obligation of others known and unknown to test the label accuracy as it is to be presumed wholly accurate; the law imposes a duty on everyone e. Even among some medical office staff, "knowledge of the harmful and addictive effects of cigarettes is poor.
If our own staff have insufficient knowledge of the harmful and addictive effects of cigarettes and continue to smoke, what hope is there of educating patients to cease or refrain from smoking? This inability to comprehend the TTS hazard also connotes acalculia , inability to do simple mathematical calculations of risk. Education is not what it was a century ago. It is deemed fraud , action to defraud, page , if one provides an inconsistent message, for example, misrepresents fact, denies foreseeable harm, as so doing is deemed the opposite of " full disclosure.
I'll tell you nothing specific. Rather, there are repeated rebuttals of medical journal data, contradicting the actual nature of the hazard. Such misrepresentations are so far outside "informed consent" as to constitute "fraud," p For there to be genuine "informed consent," doctors do individualized counseling, providing full vs partial information, one on one.
Nobody claims that tobacco sellers do this, they often do not even know their buyers, especially not, e. The result is as follows. Virtually all [instead] began. Wood, M. Denial of hazard follows. The pushers engage in fraud, even denying that nicotine is addictive!
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See foreseeable result data. District Court had a censorship case attempting to ban adequately informing the public. The case involved "growers of burley tobacco [who] complain [of ABC words] which announce, directly, or by innuendo, that the smoking of cigarettes will kill those persons who smoke them. The court rejected the effort to directly ban informing the public, saying, "The doctrine of clean hands requires this Court. A man who hears a hundred 'yeses' for each 'no,' when the actual odds lie heavily the other way, cannot be realistically deemed adequately informed.
The sweeping nature of the requirement of providing full data for there to be deemed "informed consent" is covered in a law review article by John A. Kindley, J. The bottom line is that the individual must be warned about all foreseeable, credible adverse side-effects, even those that have not necessarily been accepted as proven by the medical community. Of course, nonsmokers, e. In the construction of the specific section of the Statute before us, a court of appeals has stated that fraud has ordinarily been the test to determine whether crimes not of the gravest character involve moral turpitude.
United States ex rel Berlandi v Reimer , F2d The terms " accident ," "accidental," "accidental death," and "accidental killing" all include the concept that the consequence was not a " natural and probable " one, but rather due to a "sudden, unexpected, external force," with "a reasonable belief that no harm is possible," and occurring "upon the instant, rather than something which continues, progresses or develops. Malice is presumed under such conditions. This is especially true of tobacco manufacturers, with origin in slavery , when there is voluntary formula changing e.
Likewise, the consequences are natural and probable, thus intended, in cases of employers , travel companies , public accommodations, etc. This concept of protracted action showing "intent" constitutes "premeditation. Case law establishes that a timeframe as short as several seconds establishes premeditation, "instantaneous as successive thoughts of the mind.
The term " malice " applies to such acts, especially the "universal malice" type. Pierce , Mass. See also Mogul S. McGregor , L. We "recognize the fact that smoking is a universal affair. The reason is that nearly everyone is exposed to tobacco smoke, and there is no evidence of a threshold level of exposure below which the exposure is safe. Davis, M. It threatens a substantial body of the population, not merely a peculiarly susceptible fringe group. State , 60 Ala. Malice is presumed under such conditions," Nestlerode v U. Tobacco universal malice "is not directed to any particular individual, but is general and indiscriminate.
This concept of " universal malice " links to the "Doctrine of Transferred Intent ," p Once a perpetrator does an initial wrongful act, even if somehow that victim is not harmed, but "another" is harmed, intent in law "is said to be transferred from one to the other and the [perpetrator] is liable to the other even though he did not intend it in the first instance.
One "is not required in crimes to prove that a defendant intended the precise consequences of his act and [instead] his criminal intent can be inferred from his act," p Intent is thus objectively determined, not subjective. It is NOT determined by what the person professes or claims to want! Intent is determined by objective fact, objective foreseeable results , actual recurring events.
So don't be scammed by phony denials! Look at the objective facts. And, "there can be no doubt that if the direct tendency of any man's willful act is to produce injury, and that injury is in fact produced, the intention is in law deducible from the act itself. And: "if one willfully does an act, the natural tendency of which is to destroy another's life, the irresistible conclusion.
See also People v Fitzgerald , NE2d , See also Rowe v General Motors Corp , F2d , CA 5, , "this Court has held that 'intentional' means only that the activity or practice was not accidental. Yes, that's indeed so. But that fact is not ALL the truth. That motive is itself what helps confirm the "intent. Motive is what prompts a person to act, or fail to act. Intent refers only to the state of mind with which the act is done or omitted.
As tobacco raising, manufacture, distribution, sales, and use are all drawn-out processes, spewing clouds of toxic chemicals , the process is intentional, referring to the category of unlawful " nuisances which are intentional, using that word as meaning not that a wrong or the existence of a nuisance was intended but that the creator of them intended to bring about the conditions which are in fact found to be a nuisance. Tobacco smoke involves massive quantities of toxic chemicals making bodily contact [aka "touching"] and producing effects at the " holocaust " level.
The word "cause" means "to bring about, to bring into existence. The pushers bring tobacco-caused deaths "into existence. The plaintiff is not required to prove that defendant intended physically to injure him. The St. Peter state mental hospital had negligently allowed a pyromaniac to escape. Of course, what he might specifically burn could not be predicted, only that he would foreseeably burn something.
The specific he burned was a local lumber yard!! It sued for negligence, saying that some harm burning was foreseeable , though not the specific items. The defense argued that the exact specific had to be known in advance. This absurd argument was rejected, and both the jury and State Supreme Court agreed. Think for example of this analogy, a person who kills for money, e.
Of course not. The money motive is involved in causing the intentional behavior. Think of motive as subjective. Intent is objective; the consequences objectively occur as " natural and probable consequences. According to the above-cited expert, Elizabeth M. Is she correct? Notice the definition of the term. All murder which shall be perpetrated by means of poison , or by lying in wait, or by any other kind of wilful, deliberate and premeditated killing. Note also the definition of "weapon," "An instrument of offensive or defensive combat, or anything used, or designed to be used, in destroying, defeating or injuring a person.
Toxic chemicals, poisons, such as those in Toxic Tobacco Smoke have a long record of being used as weapons. Kate and Sara are sassy, determined women. And, there's just enough of a romantic spark to add interest. A Willing Murder is a solid, entertaining mystery. I'm looking forward to the February release of the next Medlar Mystery.
View 1 comment. Mar 08, Carolyn rated it really liked it Shelves: deveraux-jude. I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another reminder to me to not always take reviews as gospel.
Frankly, I would like to slap myself right now. I have always been a huge fan of Jude Deveraux and have read just about every book she has ever written. Yep, I need to make note of this momentarily slip of mine and make up my own mind on the matter! I am so mad at myself, but lesson learned. All three personalities, lovingly developed, find themselves becoming amateur sleuths investigating a year old murder. One of the characters already has a personal interest in the murder, so he is fully involved from the get go.
The other two of "The Three" become fully vested as more of the facts are uncovered and it becomes personal to them. As they delve further into the mystery, they find themselves way over their heads but refuse to give up at some peril to themselves. I have to say, that the three different personalities, from three different backgrounds, ages and family types was fascinating to read. The one thing they had in common was dysfunctional family backgrounds. Interesting that they all lived together in the same house, had separate careers, went off on their own to work things out in their minds, yet came together constantly to work together on their common goal which was fascinating.
Those interactions were my favorite parts. They each had their flaws. How they "gelled," how they became their own little family, loving and supporting and understanding each other was fabulous. Classic Jude Deveraux snappy, crisp, clever and oh-so-smart dialogue was ever present and, as always, a joy to read. I had part of it figured out early, but was surprised at the end because I didn't even come close to having it all.
That makes me happy because I like to be surprised. Now, to address some of the "fat shaming" comments and reviews I was very dismayed to see. What we have here with the three main character is this. One is a healthy young man in his prime. I defy anyone to prove to me that men like to eat and have good appetites. The second character is also a healthy young woman who has a propensity to gain weight at the drop of a hat, which I can relate to from my experience in my younger years.
She cares for herself and monitors her eating habits accordingly. The third character, the 60ish author who brings them altogether, is a woman with a history of weight problems, who lost her weight by cutting out carbs and sugar, works out, and, shock of shocks, takes care of herself by maintaining her health. For the record, I am 64 years old. Nine years ago, I lost 90 pounds by cutting carbs and sugar. I am happier and healthier than I have been in years. You know, just like families used to do.
Food is involved! Never once did I see any nasty comments made about fat, someone being fat, or anything even close to that. Never once did anyone shame anyone. Never once did anyone make fun of anyone for what they were or were not eating. People need to stop being so damn sensitive to everything.
It is nuts! Okay, off my soapbox now. I found this to be a great book! No matter what genre she decides to pursue, the core of her writing, with her fabulous talent, her snappy, clever dialogue, still shines!
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View 2 comments. An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it.
For starters, her first houseguest, Jackson Wyatt, is very special to Sara. He is the grandson of her one true love, and she loves Jack as her own. When Sara's niece, Kate, is offered a real-estate job in Lachlan, Sara gets a An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. When Sara's niece, Kate, is offered a real-estate job in Lachlan, Sara gets a dual opportunity. Not only is she able to fill her home further, but she is afforded the opportunity to get to know her niece.
As two skeletons are uncovered on another site, the team decide to investigate things for themselves. As they do so, however, that people would much rather not talk about it, wishing even the bodies had never been discovered. This only drives, Sara, Jack and Kate further when it comes to getting to he bottom of things. Lachlan is a quiet town, with an apparently quiet past.
However, the past is indeed revealed and long-dead secrets are ultimately exposed. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the series, as well as the second, A Justified Murder. This is certainly like many of the cozy mystery series that I read. Lately, I have been reading several stories with amateur sleuths and this team, and their methods, is quite delightful. Sep 24, Rebecca Kordesh rated it did not like it. This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation.
I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters alive or dead and was especially annoyed that the author felt the need to close the story with a "no the villain is really a bad person" bit instead of allowing the story to rest. I'm also not sure what the tone of this was supposed to be--it was a weird This was a hard pass for me.
I'm also not sure what the tone of this was supposed to be--it was a weird mix of lots of angry people really obsessed with small town family dynamics and playful banter not well done plus people with short tempers who did a lot of throwing things or punching things and then quickly returned to playful banter. Plus there was a murder mystery going on in the background with a lot of people being killed in real time and yet the tone never felt serious or ominous.
It was just Do not recommend. It was a good read, but it was very predictable. Sep 14, Alicia Proctor rated it liked it Shelves: giveaways. I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. But that thought aside, I do look forward to the next installment - I can't wait to experience the relationship between Sara and Kate, and especially Kate and Jack! I found this to be a well-crafted mystery with believable characters, a quickly paced plot and enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the reveal.
I am on the wait list at my local library for the second book in this series. Oct 06, Susan rated it it was ok. While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going to help anyone decide to pick up this book or not. Instead I'm just going to say that this one was not for me.
I know Jude Deveraux is a very popular romance writer and this is her first foray into the mystery genre While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. I know Jude Deveraux is a very popular romance writer and this is her first foray into the mystery genre. This is also the first book of hers I have read. I feel like I'm missing something because it was just straight up bad.
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The writing, the characters, the story, it was all just done very poorly. I'm assuming this is not true of this author in general. I'm giving it two stars instead of one because I did finish without skimming but I do not recommend it and I will not be continuing this series. Jun 27, Rob Banks rated it really liked it. You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end.
I heard Jude talk about her book at ALA and she described a strong backstory to really set this up for a lot of potential future books. It was a fun read. Mar 02, Lorraine rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Jude Deveraux fans! Shelves: architecture , own , mystery , series. It will be interesting to see where Ms. Deveraux takes the series with 2. Jul 29, Jenea rated it really liked it. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an author, and wants to keep to her self, that is until she receives a second house guest, Kate.
This little town if Lachlan has some secrets that it would like to keep buried. Kate is a real estate agent and has big hopes of making her a good career in this little town. I have to say, that I really enjoyed Kate. In fact, he just rubs her the wrong way. But after the discovery of a set of bones found on a property that Jackson owns, these three amateur sleuths set out to find out what happened and who they are.
Kate, Sara and Jackson find themselves in some sticky situation, and it was clear who ever murdered these two was willing to do just about anything to prevent the truth from coming out. I enjoyed following the clues that were sprinkled from start to finish. But while I was on the right track to figuring out who the murderer was, Deveraux threw a monkey wrench in my path and it ended up being a little different than I expected, but man was it good! Overall this was a great read. It had some great characters too, one you love and ones you love to hate too.
I thoroughly enjoyed Kate and Jackson with their slow building friendship turn slow burning romance. It was a nice little addition to the story. But at the heart of this was the murder mystery. And if you enjoy unraveling clues and a little bit of romance along the way, this would be a great one to pick up. Sep 30, Sue rated it liked it. Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things.
The statement "nobody would believe me" just doesn't hold water. And all of the times he heard how he was driving drunk when he knew he wasn't. Stupid guilt and self flagellation. It was SO STUPID how she started spewing to Alistair a perfect stranger personal information about an aunt she hasn't even met yet within seconds of walking into a new town.
It didn't make any sense. And it took her a very long time for the TSTL vibe to start to wear off. And not once did her relatives call her on it. Instead, they apologize to her! I don't get it Oct 01, Lara rated it it was ok. Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time.