Watchmen

Watchmen

Comic Book - 2013 | The deluxe edition
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In an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history, the US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the cold war is in full effect. WATCHMEN begins as a murder-mystery, but soon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to a head, the unlikely group of reunited heroes--Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias--have to test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil.

In the mid-eighties, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created WATCHMEN, changing the course of comics' history and essentially remaking how popular culture perceived the genre. Popularly cited as the point where comics came of age, WATCHMEN's sophisticated take on superheroes has been universally acclaimed for its psychological depth and realism.

WATCHMEN is collected here in deluxe hardcover, with sketches, extra bonus material and a new introduction by series artist Dave Gibbons.
Publisher: New York, NY :, DC Comics,, 2013
Edition: The deluxe edition
ISBN: 9781401238964
1401238963
9781401245252
Branch Call Number: GN Moor
Characteristics: 414 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Gibbons, Dave 1949-

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alecbussott
Aug 19, 2020

A masterpiece of comic book storytelling. Offers remarkable commentary on superheroes and their relevance to culture.

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dmasterson
May 08, 2020

Watchmen supplants the traditional, idealized superman archetype with deeply flawed masked crime fighters who engage in all manner of dishonorable, narcissistic, and abusive behavior. This graphic novel’s intricate world building gives rise to an alternative 20th century America that is just as damaged and unstable as the self-appointed vigilantes who seek its protection. Author Alan Moore uses the superhero genre with great effect to critique the tendency of people to romanticize and cling to repressive systems and icons of authority.

ArapahoeTina Mar 18, 2020

Truly epic. This graphic novel is filled with dark humor, insights into humanity and interconnected storylines that left me breathless.

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jennifer84_1
Feb 13, 2020

First time graphic novel reader; although I liked the idea of the graphic format, I was not a huge fan. The novel had a decent crime fighting plot with some violence and sexual situations. The novel is definitely a different and unique way to keep young adults interested in reading.

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humbleworm
Feb 04, 2020

I am not normally a fan of graphic novels but there is a surprising abundance of material for literary analysis in Watchmen. This is gritty and somewhat depressing with its fatalism and flawed heroes but the ending is both grounded and hopeful. Like DC comics, Watchmen is darker than Marvel but influential in its own right. You might also enjoy the DC series "Titans" on Netflix.

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alyshavictoriaann
Nov 27, 2019

A stunningly gorgeous look at the darker side of wanting to save the world. Exemplary use of color. 5/5

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kate_se
Sep 28, 2019

Given the current popularity of superheroes, this graphic novel seems more timely than ever. I especially appreciated that the story showed how ordinary people reacted to a world overrun with vigilantes. And the illustrations! I cannot say enough about Gibbons and Higgins' art. I'm a graphic novel novice, but even I can appreciate how seamlessly the art and dialogue worked together to create a gripping story.

IndyPL_DagnyV Jul 01, 2019

This has been on my "To Read" list for a while now and I'm glad I finally picked it up. There is a reason this is a graphic novel classic. The artwork and storytelling are done with detail and care. I'm going to have to re-read this one just to catch anything that I missed the first time.

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sol1765
May 22, 2019

As one reviewer put it well: a superhero book for grownups.

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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Sep 10, 2018

There are two things WATCHMEN asks of its readers: 1. Can bad men do good things, and 2. Can our heroes be bad men. The book has no answers, merely questions, and this is important. The world of this novel is parallel to our own, with an alternate history and future, and with alternate versions of people who actually lived. Mixed among them are five people who become heroes in one way or another. They decide that "good" is worth fighting for. The unfortunate thing is, they are all flawed, terrible human beings.

At its core, WATCHMEN is a deconstruction of hero worship, and even what a hero is. Systematically, Moore and Gibbons dissect characters that we sort of recognize (but who have different names and faces than the ones we know), and then put them back together in unexpected ways. Turn by turn your feelings toward individual characters will shift like sand, and ultimately there's nothing left to do but sink. These characters are people we recognize and know, but they are not people we necessarily like.

Another thing is, the visual juxtaposition in the novel is brilliant. Side-by-side pages which parallel one another; repetition of visuals and motifs; the slightest hints at connectedness between stories and the interworkings of characters. It's all brilliantly crafted and laid out on an average of 9-panels per page. One thing that took getting used to, is how the panels work best when your eyes glance back and forth across them, from panel to panel, and even back to panels you've already read. The sense of motion is created in the mind's eye, and the visual themes bounce off of the page in subtle, but eye-catching ways.

I've not read many graphic novels or comic books, admittedly, but WATCHMEN is the best one I've picked up. I'll even say it's one of the finest works of literature I've ever picked up. WATCHMEN is one of the best books I've ever read. It works on every level and every level works.

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ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

There's a notion I'd like to see buried: the ordinary person. Ridiculous. There is no ordinary person.

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face.

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with YOU. You're locked up in here with ME.

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

All we ever see of stars are their old photographs.

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red_cobra_341
Apr 23, 2016

"Just me and the world."

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angeye87
Aug 01, 2013

"Yeah? Well, things are tough all over, cupcake, an' it rains on the just an' the unjust alike.."

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angeye87
Aug 01, 2013

"Because there is good and there is evil, and evil must be punished. Even in the face of armageddon I shall not compromise in this"

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Draw
Jul 19, 2013

“There is no future. There is no past. Do you see? Time is simultaneous, an intricately structured jewel that humans insist on viewing one edge at a time, when the whole design is visible in every facet.”

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Draw
Jul 19, 2013

“We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. Yet seen from another's vantage point, as if new, it may still take the breath away.”

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Anarchy_Bunny
Sep 02, 2009

"Blake is different. He understands perfectly. He just doesn't care."

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Feb 04, 2020

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Nov 01, 2017

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red_cobra_341
Apr 23, 2016

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May 31, 2015

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Sep 30, 2013

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Draw
Jul 19, 2013

Draw thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Dec 17, 2012

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Dec 13, 2012

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Bearskito
Mar 08, 2014

Sexual Content: There are a few sex scenes. No nudity except for the once scene which smokwawelski99 has decided to single out, which is non-sexual. (There is a silver surfer-type character, who stops wearing clothes partway though the story. unlike silver surfer, he isn't missing any body parts)

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Bearskito
Mar 08, 2014

Coarse Language: Some swearing.

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Bearskito
Mar 08, 2014

Violence: ...It's an Alan More graphic novel that deconstructed super heroes. There will be fight scenes.

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steinie73
Sep 25, 2009

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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steinie73
Sep 25, 2009

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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