- Publisher: DC Comics (1995)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003ASKR2A
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.7 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,607 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,781,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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by Alan Moore, WATCHMEN (paperback) Paperback – 1995
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Want to see how this story was originally about about Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, and the Question (along with other Charlton characters) and how it changed to what it is? There is a very indepth look at the original proposal included here.
Want to see early Gibbon's art? it's here. How about rarely seen teaser strips published long before the first issue? Again included. Alan Moore's script samples? You got it.
Bottom line, I can't think of anything that could possibly be done or included that would make a superior edition to this.
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. Each chapter offers a specific focus on one of the characters, yet advances the overall narrative.Read more ›
Oh god, yes.
It's hard to review the collection without resorting to cliches -- and I'll employ one now. It gets better everytime I read it. I see new layers and depth.
"God exists. And he's an American." Most superhero comics take place in a world almost the same as our own. But surely, people running around in tights, people with god-like powers would make an impact. In Watchmen, they do. America won Vietnam -- thanks to a god-like hero. Electric cars exist. Classic comic books got cancelled when the real superheroes came along. Oh, and Richard Nixon is still president into the 1980s. (Too bad about those dead reporters, isn't it?)
This is series a big ideas, human characters and personal moments. It looks at retired heroes (thanks to 1970s anti-superhero legislation) who investigate the death of one of their own. The book also features flashbacks, autobiography excerpts, comic book interludes and more.
Truly engrossing writing by Alan Moore and art by Dave Gibbons.
Oh, and comics aren't just for kids anymore. (g)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read , has different types of hero / villian characters that one can really relate to on some kind of level. Great arch and twist. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jarir DBA
This is Alan Moore.
If you have never read anything from Alan Moore buy this book.
If you only own a paper copy, buy this on Amazon (digital copy) then read it on... Read more
There is very little I can add to the reviews - stellar or otherwise - about Alan Moore's _the Watchmen_ in terms of plot synopsis and cultural impact. Read morePublished 7 days ago by doc peterson
Easily the most unique and original take on the superhero I've ever read or seen. A dynamic and exciting story that dives deep into the psyche of each character. Read morePublished 7 days ago by jacob fiskus
one of the best comics i have ever read. Alan Moore's Watchmen is the kinda story that holds you and wont let you stop till you finish the book. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Gizmo