Watchmen is without doubt the greatest piece of literary fiction ever written. The Godfather of all the comic book/ graphic novel medium!
I read this masterpiece a little before the Movie was released, and immediatly i was taken to it, immersed into its beautiful, noirish, addictive storyline. Alan Moore is without doubt the greatest comic book writer. I am an avid lover of graphic novels and have read some truly remarkable stories, The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Batman: Year One, Constantine; Dangerous Habits and so on, and even Moore's own The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 1 and 2, V for Vendetta, but as much as they are classics in their ownn right, nothing can come close to this aweinspiring masterpiece!
Credit must also be given to Dave Gibbons for the artwork; Watchmen was truly revolutionary when it first came out. The use of nine panels on each page, also every chapter starts off with a astonishing zoom out, eg. First page shows an undecipherable object/ image, but it gradually reveals itself panel by panel.
I love the use of colour too, the palette so sumptous and in perfect unison with the story. My favourite character by far has to be Rorschach! He is a cross between Batman and Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver)! And the creation of his mask is just a miracle to behold! The level of detail in this graphic novel is aweinspiring!
I have read it three times in total; each time you discover something new whether in story or artwork that you may have missed earlier!! Indeed, it is nothing short of a joy to read! An occasion akin to reading scripture! It is the holy book of graphic novels, the blueprint. It will never be surpassed.
There is nothing more to say other than this; if you are a Watchmen virgin, then buy this gem now. Stop what your doing, put your cofee down, your pen down, your paper down and order this masterpiece immediatly (Play.com has the best price) order it now! You will not regret it!
Because Watchmen is the Cistine Chapel, the Garden of delight, the Hanging Gardens, the Godfather of all comic book and graphic novels!!!