- Print Length: 416 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; Gph edition (November 15, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 21, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005CRQ2IU
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 characters and their origin stories are archetypal - a family tragedy, a scientific accident, a wealthy magnate seeking to do good ... the human side of these super-heroes is what made this such an enjoyable and intriguing read for me: how power and fame warped some, how the government sought to manipulate and use these people, and what happens to them when they inevitably get old?
The conclusion was a bit of a let-down - it felt to me as if Moore had written himself into a corner and wasn't sure how to get out of it; that said, the characters remained true to their nature; perhaps given the story arc there was no other way to wrap things up. To his credit, Moore didn't "cheat" readers with a last-minute change of heart of a sudden catharsis that took characters in a different direction in order to provide a happy, tidy ending.
For comic book fans, this is a must read. As a cultural touch-stone and commentary on the nature of power and reflection of 20th century western values and mores, its an interesting commentary. For those seeking a fun and entertaining read, this will be a hit.
The big question is whether it's a good place to start in comics. I wouldn't recommend this as the first thing you pick up due to how dark it is, and how you should have some idea of how comics function normally to see how well they're being subverted and twisted here. Of course, since pop culture is stuffed full of superheroes right now it's not something you really need to worry about if it is the first thing you pick up.
The biggest problem that would stand if you picked this up for the first time is that it doesn't really introduce you to the wider world of DC comics. Yes, it's a wonderful story, and if you want to add diversity to your shelf and play around in the corners of the comics world, it's wonderful. But if you want to read superhero comics and want an introduction to that world, this is the wrong place to go. I do understand there was a set of prequel comics released at one point, but they aren't written by Alan Moore (and he actually hates that they happened, if I understand it correctly) and didn't last very long. I, personally, have no plans to read them since I'm not really interested in seeing what happened before this book.
My opinion of the whole graphic novel: wow it was amazing! It was not what I expected but I loved it all the way through. In no way did I expect it to take me this long to read, and it does disappoint me that it did, but every second really was a pleasure. If it's been something you've debated I recommend picking it up sooner rather than later, even if it's just from your library.
TL;DR? It's not the best place to start, but is a wonderful book I recommend everyone read at some point in their lives.
Watchmen is simply captivating. This book seems way a head of it's time. I'm glad that I read the book for the first time as a young adult. If I had read it as a child, I don't think I would have possessed the cognitive skills to undestand and enjoy it at the level that I did. If you've never read any of Alan Moores work, this is a good starting point. I highly recommend it.
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