Watchmen

Watchmen

Graphic Novel - 2013
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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 : DC Comics, 2013
ISBN: 9781401245252
9781401238964
9781401219260
Characteristics: [448] p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Gibbons, Dave 1949-

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nonalarson_0
Nov 01, 2017

Great read!

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VonHafenstaaad
Sep 02, 2017

This is a must-read whether you're into comic books or not. Every panel is beautiful and packed with meaning and symbolism. There are no words to describe how superb of a writer Alan Moore is. The story is unique gripping, and strange without being off-putting and dangerously self-aware. It's a page-turner for sure. You will feel something.

Display21509 May 18, 2017

This graphic novel is, well, graphic, but thought provoking nonetheless. On one hand, I feel that some of the plot lines and imagery was gratuitous, but I think it may be a matter of personal taste, and the story was certainly intriguing enough that I read it all the way through.

Not worth your time very bloody and just down right bad. I cant believe that this garbage is from DC.

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brusselsprout
May 18, 2016

A friend gave me "Bone" for my birthday and I asked for another graphic novel recommendation. I had heard of Watchmen and it is indeed a classic. Some of it was hard to follow, but I couldn't put it down. The plot line about the female super hero was somewhat disturbing (I guess we can blame the 80's and attitudes towards rape at the time). Beautiful graphics and interesting characters.

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dtaylz
Apr 24, 2016

APL Ruiz's resident authority on comics has called Watchmen "the Citizen Kane of graphic novels" and I agree it's a staggering achievement, but I now think The Sandman reaches farther and deeper.

ss1989 Apr 23, 2016

I was thoroughly bored and hated the ending

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jcamp0
Apr 02, 2016

Watchmen is a great display of Alan Moore's (V for Vendetta) creative talents. That, combined with the 80s twist on Silver Age superheroes, makes it a great graphic novel. The characters are only all too human, and that makes them much more entertaining. Suddenly, we're not dealing with regal, high-and-mighty gods, or at least incredibly skilled experts, but people burdened with their neuroses, dark secrets, and most of all their inexplicable urge to help society.

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RobbySmith333
Feb 12, 2016

best graphic novel ever

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rswcove
Sep 23, 2015

Watchmen is a bizarre masterpiece. It is as close to a perfect superhero graphic novel as we are likely to get, and yet it achieves this by destroying much of what makes the superhero so much fun. Reading Watchmen is something like watching Picasso burn down his studio as a final work of performance art. The performance is outstanding, but you know that there's nothing else that can really effectively follow an act like that without cheapening things. So there you go.

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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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pie
Mar 12, 2009

“…and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”… and I’ll look down and whisper 'no'..."

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DavidB
Feb 26, 2009

Nowadays, when I observe some specimen of ‘Carine nocturna’, I try to look past the fine grey down on the toes, To see beyond the white spots arranged in neat lines, like a fireworks display across it’s brow. Instead I try to see the bird whose image the Greeks carved into their coins, sitting patiently at the ear of the Goddess Pallas Athene, silently sharing her immortal wisdom. Perhaps, instead of measuring the feathered tuffs surmounting its ear, we should speculate on what those ears may have heard. Perhaps when considering the manner in which it grips its branch, with two toes in front and the reversible outer toe clutching from behind, we should allow ourselves to pause for a moment, and acknowledge that these same claws must have once drawn blood from the shoulder of Pallas.

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DavidB
Feb 26, 2009

I know people always have trouble understanding just what brings a person to behave the way that I and people like me behave, what makes us do the sort of things we do. I can answer for anybody else, and I suspect that all of our answers would be different anyway, but in my case it’s fairly straightforward: I like the idea of adventure, and I feel bad unless I’m doing good. I’ve heard all the psychologist theories, and I’ve heard all the jokes and the rumors and the innuendo, but what it came down to for me is that I dressed up like an owl and fought crime because it was fun and because it needed doing and because I goddam felt like it. Okay. There it is. I’ve said it. I dressed up. As an owl. And fought crime. Perhaps you begin to see why I half expected this summary of my career to raise more laughs than poor cuckolded Moe Vernon with his foam teats and his Wagner could eve hoped to have done.

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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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