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Watchmen

Moore, Alan, 1953- (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Watchmen


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This stunning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all too human failings. The concept of the super hero is dissected and inverted as strangely realistic characters are stalked by an unknown assassin. Originally published as a 12 issue series in 1986 and 1987, Watchmen remains one of DC Comics' most popular graphic novels.
Authors: Moore, Alan, 1953-
Statement of Responsibility: Alan Moore, writer ; Dave Gibbons, illustrator/letterer ; John Higgins, colorist
Title: Watchmen
Publisher: New York :, DC Comics,, c2008
Characteristics: 1 v. (various pagings) : chiefly col. ill. ; 27 cm.
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Report This Mar 08, 2014
  • EragonShadeslayer rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Once you get past the sheer size and intricateness of the plot, Watchmen is amazing. It took me a while to get into the story, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. It is set in a word where, inspired by Superman, normal people started to become costumed vigilantes. Their retirement echos the recess of superhero comics between the gold and silver ages, and then they are replaced by a second generation, which was eventually outlawed. The heroes in Watchmen are inspired by mainstream superheros, but more flawed. Nite Owl II is socially inept, The Comedian is brutal and debatably insane, and Rorschach is a complete sociopath with a twisted world view. The story does loose some of its impact because the Cold war is over, but it still works even without real-world USA-Soviet tension. Even minor characters.

Report This Sep 26, 2013
  • grodz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a great read! perfect for comic book fans and those new to comics.

A singular work, truly novelistic in its ambition if not its execution, that deserves its status as a classic. That doesn't mean it's an easy read. The complex alternate-history storyline and the detailed art are meant, I think, to be immersive. But the whole thing is so carefully thought out and perfectly calibrated that it can come across as measured, mechanical. (Plus, the pirate comics thing is a total drag.) Still, there's stuff in here that's been often imitated, never equalled. Highlights (for me, anyway): the sad, broken-down Comedian and also everyone's favorite, the chilling, unrepentant Rorschach.

Report This Jul 19, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Though a challenge when first read, I absolutely loved the story, and Watchmen was a real page-turner. The words, themes, and intertwining of the different stories in it were truly spectacular. The art and colouring is beautiful and pretty rad. It was a great experience to read.

Report This Dec 27, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a perfect example of "don't judge a book by it's movie", since the film was crap and the graphic novel was excellent, thanks in large part to the extras sprinkled amongst the chapters. I can definitely see why it's listed in Time Magazine's Top 100 Best English-language novels since 1923.

Report This Dec 19, 2012
  • Ookle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The story is a little hard to get into, but I absolutely love the graphics,coloring and the symbolism in the illustrations, such as the smiley face with the blood on it.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • cowe192 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This looks like a superhero book, but in reality, it's more like a film noir/psychological thriller. Getting into it can be difficult, but well worth it. If you can get past the difficult intro, you get a rather interesting finale. It's dark, bloody, and brilliant. Recommended.

Report This Nov 18, 2012
  • danielestes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

To be honest, this one was a challenge for me to get into. The characters seemed just a little too distant and unrelateable for much of the story. I saw the live-action movie in theaters, and then after finishing the novel, I watched the extended movie version on DVD. I think the combination of book, movie and putting the story in the context of the mid-1980's (where Cold War fears were still high, and the threat of nuclear annihilation was much more a reality than now) is what helped me fully appreciate what Watchmen was trying to say.

Report This Jul 15, 2012
  • LRucchetto rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I just finished reading this graphic novel and it blew me away. I was completely spellbound by the skillful way the stories were intertwined and by the intense and compelling graphics.

Report This Jul 11, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I don’t know why this is one of Time Magazine’s 100 Best Novels of the 20th century. I’m sure as far as comic books go, this is one of the best, but as a novel? Then again, I haven’t read many comic books, so what do I know? And should I be calling them comic books or graphic novels? The storytelling seems impressively sophisticated for a comic book. The non-linear plot masterfully unfolds an alternate Earth, fifty years of its history and two generations of crime-fighting superheroes. There are multiple stories intertwined within, although they don’t always come together well or pay off in the end – if I hadn’t already seen the extremely faithful movie I might have had trouble following the twisting narrative. The ending in the movie sure as hell made a lot more sense than the one in the comic book.

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Report This Mar 08, 2014
  • EragonShadeslayer rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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  • EragonShadeslayer rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

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  • EragonShadeslayer rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Some swearing.

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  • MichellePC rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Report This Aug 01, 2013
  • angeye87 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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  • angeye87 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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

Report This Feb 26, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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