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Has any comic been as lauded as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen? Possibly only Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns but Watchmen remains the critics' favourite. Why? Because Moore is a better writer, and Watchmen a more complex and dark and literate creation than Miller's fantastic, subversive take on the Batman myth. Moore, renowned for many other of the genre's finest creations (Saga of the Swamp Thing, V for Vendetta, and recently From Hell, with Eddie Campbell) first put out Watchmen in 12 issues for DC in 1986-87. It won a comic award at the time (the 1987 Jack Kirby Comics Industry Awards for Best Writer/Artist combination) and has continued to garner praise since.
The story concerns a group called the Crimebusters and a plot to kill and discredit them. Moore's characterisation is as sophisticated as any novel's. Importantly the costumes do not get in the way of the storytelling, rather they allow Moore to investigate issues of power and control--indeed it was Watchmen, and to a lesser extent Dark Knight, that propelled the comic genre forward, making "adult" comics a reality. The artwork of Gibbons (best known for 2000AD's Rogue Trooper and DC's Green Lantern) is very fine too, echoing Moore's paranoid mood perfectly throughout. Packed with symbolism, some of the overlying themes (arms control, nuclear threat, vigilantes) have dated but the intelligent social and political commentary, the structure of the story itself, its intertextuality (chapters appended with excerpts from other "works" and "studies" on Moore's characters, or with excerpts from another comic book being read by a child within the story), the fine pace of the writing and its humanity mean that Watchmen more than stands up--it retains its crown as the best the genre has yet produced. --Mark Thwaite
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So interesting and fun to read. The illustrations are amazing. Be sure to watch the film straight after reading the novel!Published 29 days ago by Luke
This book is one of a very few witch I consider to be life changing. Along with The godfather (Mario piuzo) and trainspotting ( Irvin Welsh) . Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ryan- John
What can I say ? Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons are genii. READ UT !!Published 1 month ago by Mr. A. Healy
Arrived on time and in perfect condition. A great, ever-changing story and very unique characters. Would definitely recommend!Published 2 months ago by Geraldine Groves
(This review is for the Watchmen, International Edition – this is a nicely bound soft cover version the title)
If anything, Watchman is an examination of... Read more
This comic book seems like the remix of several hero stories-stripped down to the bones. It depicted reality and chaos through different characters and communities. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dr.Fortuny
For me, this is the greatest comic story ever written, its psychological approach mixed with brutal realism, incredible characters and the perfect amount of action all culminates... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Max