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Watchmen

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

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Brilliant graphic novel

  • Jun 30, 2010
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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 I have read in a very long time and it's very hard to predict what is going to happen on the run up to Doomsday (a prominent feature). Without spoiling anything the ending is very bizarre and differs from the film in case you have seen it. It was perhaps the only part of the graphic novel I was unsure of though to be honest I would have no idea how I would have ended the story. It is a gripping tale and it had me so enthralled that I ended up reading it from start to finish in a single day!

In short this graphic novel is a great read and even if you aren't a fan of the genre of literature style then you should check Watchmen out anyway - it really is the best of the best. If you like Watchmen, you might like some other graphic novels. If you don't like Watchmen then you probably won't like any other graphic novels as it really is the magnum opus of the medium.

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July 01, 2010
I read this novel last year and found it to be amazing. I am not one for graphic novels, but after seeing the movie, I had to read it. I was not disappointed - the artwork, the dialog, the multiple story arcs; fantastic novel.
July 01, 2010
You would be surprised at how many films are made from graphic novels or comic book ideas. A lot of the more adult-oriented ones are quite surprising! I'm happy you moved outside your comfort zone, Gregg, and got to experience a nontraditional book! I love when people have these types of reading experiences!
 
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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
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   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 …
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.
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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 novel. Watchmen originated from a story proposal Moore submitted to DC featuring superhero characters that the company had acquired from Charlton Comics. As Moore's proposed story would have left many of the characters unusable for future stories, managing editor Dick Giordano convinced the writer to create original characters instead.

Moore used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to critique the superhero concept. Watchmen takes place on an alternate history Earth where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s, helping the United States to win the Vietnam War. The country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, freelance costumed vigilantes have been outlawed and most costumed superheroes are in retirement or working for the government. The story focuses on the personal development and struggles of the protagonists as an investigation into the murder of a government sponsored superhero pulls them out of retirement.

Creatively, the focus of Watchmen is on its structure. Gibbons used a nine-panel grid layout throughout the series and added recurring symbols such as a blood-stained smiley. All but the last issue feature supplemental fictional documents that add to the series' ...

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ISBN-10: 0930289234
ISBN-13: 978-0930289232
Author: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
Genre: Superheroes, Comics & Graphic Novels, Political and Social Satire, Dystopian
Publisher: DC Comics
Date Published: 1986-1987
Format: Graphic novel
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