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Watchmen HC [Hardcover]

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5 Nov 2008
Written by Alan Moore Art and cover by Dave Gibbons With a major motion picture in production for release spring 2009 from Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures and director Zack Snyder (300), this is DC Comics' first-ever hardcover edition of the Hugo Award-winning epic from writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, offered at DC's standard trim size. One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial bestseller, WATCHMEN has only grown in stature since its original publication. This volume features a new cover by Gibbons and contains the high-quality, recolored pages found in WATCHMEN: THE ABSOLUTE EDITION, which were restored by WildStorm FX and original series colorist John Higgins. Also included are selected bonus sketch materials. Advance-solicited; on sale November 12 - 436 pg, FC, $39.99 US

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  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (5 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401219268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401219260
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 18 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A work of ruthless psychological realism, it's a landmark in the graphic novel medium. It would be a masterpiece in any."-TIME, TIME MAGAZINE's 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lets talk about the book - not just the contents 15 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
I'm going to give my opinion on the actual book itself. I would imagine most people reading reviews of the Absolute Edition have already read Watchmen. It is probably Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons finest hour - `nuff said.

So, for starters, the absolute edition is much bigger than the original trade paperback. It is hardback, has a paper cover wrap and comes in a well-made, sturdy slipcase to protect it. The slipcase fits perfectly and has very bold text down the spine (looks nice on the shelf!).

The paper is very good quality, bright white and heavy stock. The printing is the key to this edition. It is flawless in every way. The colours jump off the page and the ink saturation is perfect. All the details are extremely clear (which is also helped by the larger format) it makes the first colour job look very murky and dark in comparison. The original colourist has made a return to tweak and improve his work (rather than completely change it) and he has done a grand job.

There is quite a bit of supplemental material thrown in at the back of the book (interviews, original script / concept drawing highlights etc.) which adds alot of insight into this classic of the graphic novel form.

So my final word? If you love Alan Moore, and you re-read Watchmen alot, this absolute edition is an absolute MUST.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest. Bar none. 3 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The best works of fiction are generally untranslatable into different media. It is impossible to make a film that encompasses all the great things about Catch-22. Citizen Kane and Vertigo would make lousy novels. Watchmen is comparable. Many people I know refuse to read it, just because it's a comic. But it couldn't work any other way. I'm trying not to spoil too much of the plot, but Alan Moore's writing, the pacing of the story - he somehow manages to overlay multiple plot lines on just one page. The dialogue is realistic: people talk over each other, conversations are drowned out by TV, the characters stutter and repeat themselves. The characters are real, flawed. the plot manages to mix high-concept science fiction, hard-boiled crime, philosophy, conspiracies, action, drama. Alan Moore isn't just one of the greatest comic writers ever, he's one of the greatest writers ever. His work stands comparison with anyone - Harper Lee, Joseph Conrad, Heller, Orwell.
But Watchmen isn't just about the writing: Dave Gibbons' art isn't flashy, but no other artist could've drawn the story. Gibbons' work is realistic, insanely detailed. Again, I don't want to spoil the plot for you, but analyse every panel. Every detail, no matter how minor, has purpose.
This book is flawless. It will never be surpassed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moore remains the king 6 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have tried to work out why this has the quality almost everything else lacks and I think it's that Alan Moore doesn't refer to the field when he writes, he refers to his own complicated obsessions. Like Michael Moorcock, who admires Moore as much as Moore admires Moorcock, he is one of the wellsprings. He doesn't take his bucket to the common pool. He takes it to some very strange pools indeed and his dark imagination, which again reflects the work of the New Worlds writers like Harrison and Moorcock, with whom he's associated, is questing not for thrills or fresh wrinkles in an old security blanket but for something altogether his own. That is why he remains the king and why Watchmen remains a standard of graphic novels just as the Cornelius novels remain a standard for cyberpunk. This is nothing less than a classic in a field it made interesting. I had long since lost interest in comics until I came on Moore's work. He didn't just revive my interest in comics -- he revived the whole comics field! He deserves to be made a Knight Spiritual if not a new Lord! Buy two. One to read and one to throw at people who say comics are just for kids.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 years on and it's still fantastic 27 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Most of what can be said about Watchmen already has been, but there's nothing wrong with emphasising the fact. Not only does it have an exciting, intriguing plot, but the novel also features truly fantastic characterisation and is loaded with political satire and social commentary.
The art is also deserving of great praise; not a panel is wasted, and there is a truly insane amount of detail that you won't pick up on first reading (or even until somebody else points it out). A little static? Not really, it's intended to be ultra-realistic, and Dave Gibbons has a extraordinary talent for defining the human anatomy.
Moore is sometimes criticised of being a little paranoid, and that perhaps shines through, but he certainly seems to be aware of this (a lot of Rorschach's narration is deliberately OTT), and the story does have something roughly equating a happy ending.
If you want to change somebody's views about comic books, give them this, Maus and The Dark Knight Returns. You'll have a convert on your hands in no time.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply stunning 20 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The word on the street is that Watchmen is finally going to be made into a movie. Although I'm likely to be queueing to get a ticket, in many ways it's a shame, because Watchmen is quite simply one of the most complex, awesome and complete novels of the twentieth century, delivered in a form that is perfect for the tale. Anything that can be re-read time and time again and still unlock new surprises refunds its cover price ten times over, and this is certainly one of the few books that delivers on all levels. Forget the "SOCK POW" of the 60's Batman series, and even the original Superman film - instead examine the minds of masked vigilantes and how the existence of a real superhero would affect the planet. Those thoughts, and many, many more are explored here in a cracking yarn that remains tense, thrilling, consistent and amazing throughout - and all from two tiny brains that dared to challenge convention when the Superhero was believed to be dead.

Buy this now, before Holywood makes it hot property or buries it just as it did The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I read this on ymy kindle keyboard in black and white during a flight to Jamaica. The depth of each character is pretty amazing! Read more
Published 8 days ago by Murdo
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Bought this for my brother after reading a library copy myself. Wonderful large format, excellent print quality. And obviously, a beautifully crafted graphic novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First graphic novel
I don't want too say too much, as others have already done a good job of reviewing the story.

This is the first graphic novel I have read and it is brilliant, as... Read more
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This is a superb graphic novel by Alan Moore. Joint top position for books in this genre with V for Vendetta. Arrived on time, and was all that was hoped for and more. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Astraea
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to live up to the hype
I really enjoyed this, but I'd had this built up as a life changing read, by a number of good friends, and it just didn't resonate with me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jez
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the film
If you're thinking of buying this, DO IT! I enjoyed the film and didn't realise how much of the dialog and scenes in the film are taken directly from the comic, definitely... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Morris.av
5.0 out of 5 stars Undoubtedly the best ever graphic novel
A brilliant book! As i'm sure you've already read the story is great and the way the book is presented and made is as would be expected. Read more
Published 5 months ago by bobby joe
4.0 out of 5 stars Used but had a pen mark in it
The quality was decribed as used which is usaully acceptable, th ebook is a little tatty but I was disappointed about some ugly pen marks in the book itself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Neil Atkings
5.0 out of 5 stars I would have paid double
This graphic novel is awesome. Im only 14 and love comics and bought it back in september. Its a book that i couldnt put down and was anxiously waiting to know how it ended. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!
Watchmen. Just holding the book is like holding gold! I've read it & I already in love with this book! Best book ever! 1O/1O
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