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Watchmen | Paperback

Released on 01 October 1987

Author: Alan Moore | Format: Paperback

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"Watchmen" redefined superhero conventions and re-introduced comics to an adult audience with a gripping, labyrinthine piece of comic art. Rorschach, a half-psychotic vigilante must convince his ex team-mates, now middle-aged and retired, that he has uncovered a plot to murder the remaining superheroes - along with millions of innocent civilians...Even reunited, will the remnants of the 'Watchmen' be enough to avert a global apocalypse? With a powerful storyline masterfully told by comics supremo Alan Moore and beautifully rendered artwork by the talented Dave Gibbons - this is the one that started the graphic novel revolution and is definitely not one to miss!

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 Astonishing

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Like many I recently bought a copy of Watchmen to find out what all the excitement was about regarding the upcoming movie. This comic book defied my expectations and them some. I was drawn into the story and gripped right until the end, I found myself staying up far too late just because I couldn't put it down. The artwork is a delight and the whole thing just looks gorgeous. It truly creates a verisimilar believeable world that will eat your time as you uncover the fantastic ending that simply cannot be spoiled.

Five stars for one of the best pieces of literature I have ever read. Here's hoping the film will be a close representation of the book because if it is we are in for a real treat. Perhaps 2009's "Dark Knight" ?

 The holy grail of graphic novels...

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I would sincerely like to believe that many of you have already read, or at least heard of, Alan Moore and David Gibbons incendiary masterpiece of modern fiction. 'Watchmen' is a graphic novel to be savoured, to be read again and again, to study each exquisitely produced frame. The sheer attention to detail is stunning and the story, set in an alternate 1985, tells of a group of past and present superheroes and, amongst other things, the murder and investigation of one of their own. But then there is so, so much more that to summarise it in such concise a way is an impossible task. Due to hit cinemas in the near future (directed by Dawn of the Dead remake and 300 director Zak Snyder) I can't help but feel a cinematic translation can never do this epic any justice. There is simply too much too it. My fingers are crossed and my breath is baited...

 Don't be fooled

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Watchmen is brilliant. I loved it. However, if you are expecting an out and out superhero brawl then expect to be dissapointed. Watchmen isn't a superhero novel. It's a clever and enthralling commentary of the destructive nature of ourselves which will keep you gripped until the very end set against the background of the cold war.

For those who have seen the movie and are considering backing up your enjoyment of Watchmen, I thoroughly suggest you give it a read as the movie changed a major element of the plot. Personally I prefer the graphic novels ending but I cant deny that the movie ending makes more sense.

Living in a world filled to the brim with superheroes - Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Iron Man, The Hulk etc. - I do not envy the task of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon of creating memorable characters. Whilst many are easily forgotten (You cant help but compare Nite Owl to Batman) I think they have created a fantastic character in Rorschach - one that will be remembered for a long time. His character in the movie is a good representation, but in the graphic novel he is exceptional. The story of how he came about his costume, why he fights crime, how he looks, the way he talks - it is all fantastic.

As a note: people considering buying it for their kids should think again. The novel is ultra-violent with many adult themes.

 The Best

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I actually thought this would be just one of those over hyped comic books among many. But boy oh boy, was I wrong or what! I't surely is a masterpiece. The story, the characters and the graphics are just superb.

And with that price it's a must have for anyone who likes to read comics! I'm really excited about how it will turn out to be as a movie.

 Best of the Best

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"What's the best Graphic Novel ever written?"
When asked this question you are really being asked "What's better: Watchmen or Dark Knight Returns?" because they are the two books that (re)defined the comic medium.

This book really does live up to the hype. It is not only the greatest GN ever, it is also one of the greatest books ever written.
Monumental in scale, in storytelling, in design and in importance.

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AuthorAlan Moore & Dave Gibbons
PublisherTitan Books Ltd (United Kingdom)
Year1987
ISBN9781852860240
FormatPaperback - 424 Pages
Illustrationscolour illustrations
IllustratorAlan Moore ; Dave Gibbons