Watchmen

Paperback, 413 pages

English language

Published April 6, 1987 by DC Comics Inc..

ISBN:
9780930289232
OCLC Number:
35518628

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4 stars (52 reviews)

[Comment from Lauren Beukes][1]:

It took me years to read Watchmen. Every time I'd get to the men in tights and the giant naked blue guy, I'd think, "Ack! Superhero comic!" and put it down again. It wasn't that I was against comics. I'd read 2000AD Monthly religiously since 1989 and Alan Moore's The Ballad of Halo Jones, about a girl from an interplanetary ghetto who wanted to get "out", was my favourite series of all. But I liked the dark, twisty stuff that had something to say about the world and superhero comics seemed tediously codified with no room for moral ambiguity. I should have known better. What Moore does best, even at his silliest or most obtusely philosophical, is subvert. He uses story to crack open the dark places of the human soul like a crab shell, revealing the pasty meat within, and then pokes it with a …

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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.

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