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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Panini Verlags GmbH (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 386607607X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3866076075
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,287,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Gibbons passionately roams in three different global playgrounds: The first park is THE AWAKEN GROUP (THEAWAKENGROUP.COM), a consulting firm specializing in creativity, culture and innovation; the second park is a movement of churches not bound by geography that he calls "home" (NEWSONG.NET), throughout Southeast Asia, China, India, Korea, Mexico City, London, and North America. And lastly there is a crazy bunch of people in an organization called XEALOT that focuses on transforming marginalized communities through strategic leadership development and ideation ventures. Dave has written a book on culture and leadership based on an eastern parable called The Monkey and the Fish.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
Comic books superheroes are basically fascist vigilantes, with Superman and his dedication to truth, justice and the American way being the exception that proves the rule. Both "Watchmen" and "The Dark Knight Returns," the two consensus best examples of graphic storytelling of our time, deal explicitly with the underlying fear the ordinary citizenry have of the demi-gods they worship. The one inherent advantage that "Watchman" has over Frank Miller's classic tale is that it requires no knowledge of the existing mythos of its characters because Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, the Comedian and the rest of the former members of the Crimebusters.
The brainchild of writer Alan Moore ("Swamp Thing," "V for Vendetta," "From Hell") and artist Dave Gibbons ("Rogue Trooper," "Doctor Who," "Green Lantern"), "Watchmen" was originally published by DC Comics in twelve issues in 1986-87. Moore and Gibbons won the Best Writer/Artist combination award at the 1987 Jack Kirby Comics Industry Awards ceremony. The central story in "Watchmen" is quite simple: apparently someone is killing off or discrediting the former Crimebusters. The remaining members end up coming together to discover the who and the why behind it all, and the payoff to the mystery is most satisfactory. But what makes "Watchmen" so special is the breadth and depth of both the characters and their respective subplots: Dr. Manhattan dealing with his responsibility to humanity given his god-like powers; Nite Owl having trouble leaving his secret identity behind; Rorschach being examined by a psychiatrist.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Arnim Zola on July 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Look up the harder to find "Absolute Edition" of Watchmen on Amazon. That's only going for $130. It's hardcover and includes a slip case and extras. Why would any re-seller charge $300+ for a paperback version.

My 1 star review is only to prevent people from being ripped off here
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pig doctor on October 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
Every time I read Watchmen, I'm completely blown away. My first experience with it was a few years before the movie came out, and after finishing it (with superficial understanding) in the span of two days, I truly I believed it was the greatest comic book I'd ever read. A second reading a few months before the movie came out still kept it in that top spot.

Before reading it a third time recently, I was afraid that the movie had skewed my view. I was afraid that the amazing visuals and bad acting (the film's glaring flaw) would make me see the characters in a less-realistic tone, with the exact dialogue bringing my mind back to how it was butchered on screen. And my predicted fears came true, but only for the first two issues. By the third, I fell headfirst into Watchmen's universe, feeling like I did the previous times I read it. With the hundreds of comics I've read and reread since my last reading of Watchmen, I've still ascertained that Watchmen is the greatest comic book ever produced. Watchmen is filled with so much philosophy, symbolism, and character development, that no comic book has ever reached it's level of completeness. Every single panel is packed full of meaning.

I wouldn't tell everyone, "if you ever read a comic book, read Watchmen." It's hard for a person who doesn't regularly read (comics or literature) to digest. The book is so dense that only half of those I lent it to finished it. But, if you do read comics or books, and you haven't read Watchmen, you're missing out on the biggest thing to happen since the Lost Generation writers of the 1920s and 30s.

writing: [10/10]
art: [9/10]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gwen Demarest on December 22, 2008
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Everyone who has ever read a comic or a graphic novel and liked it, must read this. It is epic. A must have in any book collection.

You should probably read it before you go see the movie. I saw the trailer for this and hollywood, per usual, has ruined an amazing vision and work.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ask123 on March 1, 2009
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Lawrance Bernabo, way to go with the super pretentious review! First of all, your analysis is spotty, and, second of all, you speak of subtextual themes as if its they are superficial ones. As a result of both of these issues, your writing appears unnecessary, pretentious, and haughty by design. Also, word to the wise; cut the Latin from your review title! Did you decide to use Latin for a reason or did you simply think it sounded good? Regardless, I don't know what's worse, the title being in Latin or the fact that you provide a translation in parentheses.

Let each reader come to his/her own meta-judgements and form his/her own meta-analysis of the given work. If you want to be helpful to other customers, write more cursory reviews. Inform other readers of your general opinions. Do not, on the other hand, write desperately cerebral and, to most readers, impenetrable reviews. What you have here is a piece of writing that benefits you alone. It does little to inform other Amazon customers. It's like an individual who enjoys the sound of his/her own voice but has little of use to say. And, after all, reviews are meant to be utilitarian.
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