haha, nice! yeah it seems like there's plenty of "classier" comics to choose from these days.
Authors: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
Page count: 416
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Finally got around to reading this graphic novel and I must say its truly amazing. The storyline is one of the best comic/graphic novel plots I've ever read if not the best. Not to mention the art is incredible also. This is a vital read for any graphic novel or comic enthusiast.
believe all the acclaim. an intense, dark and absolutely awe-inspiring look into the superhero myth. possibly the best piece this genre has produced. the only graphic novel to make it to time magazine's 100 best books in the english language (so certainly made it to their 10 best graphic novels list), it deserves a place among other canonical literature. alan moore is, without a doubt, a genius.
The Watchmen, along with The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One around the same time period, pushed comics to a new level. The settings and situations became grittier and more "realistic," while the characters became more complex and flawed.
This ain't no "funny book."
The reason why every super hero movie has to be grounded in a gritty realistic environment.
Alan Moore's Hugo award winning masterpiece isn't just for comic book fans, but for anyone that enjoys gripping literature. These aren't superheroes who are just red, white, and blue, they bleed and suffer from the same real world problems that many people face.
Watchmen is dirty, ugly, human. Must read.
it's smarter, for sure. acclaimed as one of TIME's Top 100 Novels (yep, as in Literature) and is #1 in their list of Top 10 Graphic Novels
The sad thing is that all the superhero comics learned all the wrong lessons from it. They went for violence and sensationalism instead of a truly adult worldview. Only now (and too late) are people realizing that mistake.
That said, Watchmen was my introduction to hero comics. It made me realize it was okay to watch guys and gals in capes fight each other.
A seminal text in the graphic novel medium with gritty characters & tons of detail—worth it if you ever enjoyed comics.
The narratives are seamlessly weaved together—presenting an alternate history where superheros emerged in the 40s & eventually become outlawed several decades later. It tackles anxieties with nuclear war & human conflict while also serving as a critique on the superhero concept.
"Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose."- Rorschach, Watchmen.
To sum up all the emotions and ideologies of this book seems to be impossible. It has great depth. A full appreciation of its significance is always going to be lost on the bean counters