In an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history, the US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the cold war is in full effect. Watchmen begins as a murder-mystery, but soon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to a head, the unlikely group of reunited heroes--Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias--have to test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil. Alan Moore and ...
In an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history, the US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the cold war is in full effect. Watchmen begins as a murder-mystery, but soon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to a head, the unlikely group of reunited heroes--Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias--have to test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created Watchmen and changed the course of comics' history, essentially remaking how popular culture perceived the genre. It's no coincidence that this ground-breaking volume is the first of DC Modern Classics. DC Modern Classics features the most highly regarded graphic novels from the world's foremost authority on graphic literature. These ground-breaking, genre-defining works are presented in new unique hardcover editions, each fitting into a beautifully designed exclusive slipcase, perfect for display. DC Modern Classics are a must-have for any collector, as well as any new fan just beginning to build their graphic novel library.
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I bought a used copy for really cheap and I was happy with what I got. The book was almost new! I read it once and now I'm reading the story again. It is a great book that I'd recommend reading. If you don't have a copy, buy one.
Jan 3, 2013
I have read this before but I wanted my own copy. This is easily the best graphic novel ever written, I just wish there was a sequel. The movie is as good or better
Aug 21, 2009
sure, I'll watch your Watchmen
I?m sort of a low to mid-level geek. I love science fiction but I?ve never played an RPG or been to a comic book convention. I grew up reading a comic series and it was my one and only for a while, but I?ve always been interested in this genre and I?ve been delving into it more lately.
I have to say all that because to some people this is a holy book, so if you?re not madly in love with it you need to tread softly and explain yourself.
I like ?Watchmen.? It?s a very good book. I may have even loved it while I was reading it, but I have only read it once; it hasn?t made it onto my ?again and again? list. I keep trying to describe it and I come up with words like ?heavy,? ?meaty,? and ?dark.? They call it a graphic novel for a reason: it?s a grown-up person?s book presented with pictures. The themes are dark. The heroes are mostly human, with all of the vices, short-comings, and problems that implies.
It isn?t an uplifting or particularly moving tale, but it?s not exactly depressing either. I don?t quite know what to say about it. It?s not clear what Moore wanted me to take away after reading his work, which is part of why it?s compelling, I guess. The plot wraps up neatly but you?re left puzzling over what to do about it. It?s a good sort of thing if you like that sort of thing - which I do, I just don?t love it. Maybe it?s because I didn?t fall in love with any of the characters. It didn't change my life, but it was a nice way to spend some time.
Mar 5, 2009
I never thought I'd be into graphic novels because I never read any comic books, boy was I wrong. I bought it for my husband for his birthday and he loved it. He couldn't stop reading it. I decided to see what he liked so much and once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down.
Sep 11, 2008
Better than I expected
To be honest, I was alittle turned off The Watchmen by all of the hype given this graphic novel, so finally with the new movie possibly coming out in 2009 I figured I should finally read the entire story. I have to say I wasn't dissappointed.
Even thou the story has alot of flash backs it was easy to follow. I would have liked alittle more backround on some of the characters, the person we know the most about is the one with the greatest powers, Dr. Manhatton.
For the approximately $10.00 I spent to purchase this book it was well worth it.
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