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Watchmen (graphic novel)

505 Ratings: 2.9
A 12-part comic book series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons.

Watchmen is a twelve-issue comic book limited series created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins. The series was published by DC Comics during 1986 and 1987, and has been subsequently reprinted into a collected graphic … see full wiki

Author: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
Genre: Superheroes, Comics & Graphic Novels, Political and Social Satire, Dystopian
Publisher: DC Comics
Date Published: 1986-1987
33 reviews about Watchmen (graphic novel)
review by . March 30, 2009
First, two things we need to establish up front.    1). This is the first "graphic novel" I have ever read, and the first comic book since a smattering of "Archie" comics in the 60s and MAD magazines in the 70s.     2). I have not yet seen the movie based on Watchmen, although from the trailers I instantly recognize the characters.    I am not going to overstate my enthusiasm like a newly-converted fan. Damon Lindelof (creator of the TV …
Quick Tip by . March 18, 2013
Although comic books have been evolving for years, I really think it was the publication of WATCHMEN which proved to general audiences that the medium could have narratives worthy of effective literature.  In fact, I think those who read literature and stay away from comic books might actually get more out of it.  To those people I would especially recommend this book because it might change their view on the medium.  Not only is it a mini epic filled with memorable characters, but …
review by . January 03, 2009
Watchmen Hardcover Edition cover
   First let me begin this review by saying that there are very few contemporary writers that I truly admire and respect for their artistic integrity and uncompromising ideas. And let me also inform you that there are not many books in recent years that I would call essential… but the graphic novel Watchmen by  Alan Moore is a mesmerizing exception.   I first came across the book when I was in summer camp and I was about thirteen-years old. At the time I was heavily …
Quick Tip by . June 03, 2012
I just finished this book and this is one of the absolute best pieces of literature I've completed, regardless of the medium.  The best strengths The Watchmen has going for it are that it has really well-developed characters and shows that solutions to potential catastrophies aren't in black-and-white.       While this and Batman:  The Killing Joke are the only Alan Moore comics I've tackled so far, it's books like these that are making …
review by . June 30, 2010
Watchmen is an absolutely fantastic graphic novel by acclaimed author Alan Moore. Watchmen revolves around a group of minutemen who fancy themselves as superheroes. Unlike regular superheroes such as Superman and Spiderman, the Watchmen are hardly what we usually consider superheroes. Quite the opposite - most of them hold extreme right wing views bordering on Nazism and one of them even revels in murder and almost rapes another watchmen.      The story is one of the most original …
Quick Tip by . September 18, 2010
One of the greatest comic book series of all time, bar none.
review by . June 06, 2010
Watchmen is a graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. I personally enjoyed reading the graphic novel after watching the movie. I feel there is a lot of literal elements in the novel that can be taken from each character. I would recommend this novel to anyone that likes super heroes or a good piece of literature. The setting of this novel is interesting because it establishes a what if things had gone differently during the cold war scenario and then runs with. I liked …
Quick Tip by . July 29, 2010
Delightful and prescient exploration of the superhero mythos. Asks whether we really want anyone above the law.
Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
A complete product of its time, "Watchmen," is something that should be experienced in it's Graphic form, rather than in motion.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Good but Negative. Maybe you agree with me, the book is good, is intelligent, is unusual. But at the end of all it made me very unhappy. It presents you a pessimist meditation.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
If you haven't read this and even kinda liked the movie it's a must read.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Astonishing, riveting, a feast for eye and mind, a tale not easily forgotten. The film did it justice, but the original is deeper and more visceral. Unreservedly recommended.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
This is commonly a gateway to graphic novels as a whole, so I highly recommend this if you are interested in what comics can be.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
If I was trapped in an island, this is one of the books I would take with me. It takes into question moral ethics, the role of vigilantes in society, and cold war. Accompanied by beautiful illustrations, this book is a must. My two most favorite chapters are the "Watchmaker" (passage of time, and panel structure) and "Abbys gazes back also" which is in dept exploration of the amazing character Rorschach.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Not a big fan, but never really followed comic books until being tricked into reading this. The story just seemed too outrageous and concluded terribly
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Watchmen was fantastic. It is different than any other superhero story, because it isn't the typical rescue/crime-fighting stories. Watchmen is thought provoking, and is a great story. Read it.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
not a fan, but it's kinda cool
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
graphic novels have always been my thing, watchmen was ok, but the graphic novels were only slightly less boring than the actual movie, which imho, sucked. the GN are good, but its just a boring dragged out story, and all in 1940s monotone voice. maybe its just me, or just not my style, but i enjoyed these a lot less than people made it sound like i would.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Friends told me to read the novel before seeing the movie, and I'm glad I did. It's gritty and dark, but complex and fascinating. And there's so much more in the book that couldn't be fit into the movie.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
This is not for the faint of heart. Dark, grimy, perfect for rainy days. It really does make you think about the underbelly of the world. Good for when you are already depressed. It reminds you that things could always be worse.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Really weird story!
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
The panel set up is not my favorite, but no one can deny the power of the Watchmen. A must read if you enjoyed the movie - very similar and yet different in so many ways.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
An adult comic book. Puts a unique spin on the lives of Superheroes and their place in society. Gripping narrative.
Quick Tip by . June 20, 2010
very fun book to read.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
A great action/mystery story with a deeply realized parallel world.
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