The story concerns a group called the Crimebusters and a plot to kill and discredit them. Moore's characterisation is as sophisticated as any novel's. Importantly the costumes do not get in the way of the storytelling, rather they allow Moore to investigate issues of power and control--indeed it was Watchmen, and to a lesser extent Dark Knight, that propelled the comic genre forward, making "adult" comics a reality. The artwork of Gibbons (best known for 2000AD's Rogue Trooper and DC's Green Lantern) is very fine too, echoing Moore's paranoid mood perfectly throughout. Packed with symbolism, some of the overlying themes (arms control, nuclear threat, vigilantes) have dated but the intelligent social and political commentary, the structure of the story itself, its intertextuality (chapters appended with excerpts from other "works" and "studies" on Moore's characters, or with excerpts from another comic book being read by a child within the story), the fine pace of the writing and its humanity mean that Watchmen more than stands up--it retains its crown as the best the genre has yet produced. --Mark Thwaite --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Watchmen follows a handful of former heroes during the periods of highest Cold War tension, in a history in which masked vigilantes were first embraced and then outlawed by the US... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jayson Vavrek
A dark, intense, and absolutely brilliant piece of literature, to my knowledge Watchmen is the only graphic novel to have won the Pulitzer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tristan Tolley
If you watched the movie and want to have the grpahic novel I recommend it. The movie is pretty bang on so the novel is totally awesome.Published 4 months ago by troy
No wonder this often rounds out fan's top ten comic lists.
The story is compelling and fresh (even after all these years) the art is gritty and beautiful. Read more
Expensive but worth it for fans. This is just the greatest version of the greatest graphic novel ever.Published 8 months ago by John
I'm not a comic book fan but this graphic novel is one of the greatest books I've ever read.Published 9 months ago by Mr. Lego