Watchmen

Paperback, 413 pages

English language

Published April 6, 1987 by DC Comics Inc..

ISBN:
978-0-930289-23-2
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OCLC Number:
35518628

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4 stars (387 reviews)

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18 editions

Review of 'Watchmen' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

A great story that features very interesting character development. I was very impressed with how well fleshed out the characters were, and amongst them, Rorschach would have to be my favourite. Certainly the best Western comic I've yet to read.

I would like to give this a four, but for now, it'll have to start at three.

Highly recommended!

Review of 'Watchmen' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Alan Moore's "Watchmen" is an excellent look at just how destructive humans can become if left unchecked. For a "comic book," "Watchmen" struggles constantly with deep philosophical and theological themes. Accompanied by beautifully visceral illustrations, this graphic novel paints a dazzling picture of a world where Super Heroes are ordered to unveil their secret identities and corrupt governments plot and scheme for more and more power. Alan Moore's characters are so believable because of the stark realism that surrounds their conversations, which lends credence to the absolutely absurd events that take place throughout the graphic novel. A stunning warning of what we are capable of, "Watchmen" is one of the most popular works of underground comic fiction.

Review of 'Watchmen' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

When I read 'Watchmen' in 2006, it was the first graphic novel I'd ever read. I thought it was fabulous. The release of the movie has prompted me to read it again. Since then I've read Bechdel's 'Fun Home' and Lemire's 'Essex County' books, and 'Watchmen' now seems rather adolescent. The art is gorgeous, and the dialogue is good, but the two-dimensional characters � especially the women! Of course, I understand that Moore created 'Watchmen' more than 20 years ago. He was using the elements of superhero comics and taking them further than they'd ever gone before, laying the foundation for the kind of work that's being done today.

Review of 'Watchmen' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

The only graphic novel to make the 1001 books to read before you die list, the Watchmen is a reprinted of all the series and put into a collected graphic novel. Moore used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to critique the superhero concept and he did this extremely well. Watchmen is a superhero story like no other. 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.

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