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"Watchmen" redefined superhero conventions and re-introduced comics to an adult audience with a gripping, labyrinthine piece of comic art. Rorschach, a half-psychotic vigilante must convince his ex team-mates, now middle-aged and retired, that he has uncovered a plot to murder the remaining superheroes - along with millions of innocent civilians...Even reunited, will the remnants of the 'Watchmen' be enough to avert a global apocalypse? With a powerful storyline masterfully told by comics supremo Alan Moore and beautifully rendered artwork by the talented Dave Gibbons - this is the one that started the graphic novel revolution and is definitely not one to miss!show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 170 x 256 x 22mm | 621.42g
  • Titan Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 1852860243
  • 9781852860240
  • 10,026

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395,653 ratings
4.34 out of 5 stars
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4 29% (113,450)
3 11% (43,676)
2 3% (11,423)
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<p>Has any comic been as lauded as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's <em>Watchmen</em>? Recently comic lovers have been blessed with some quite stunning work (like Clowes's <em>David Boring </em>and<em> </em>his superb <em>Ghost World</em>); Joe Sacco's <em>Palestine</em>; the beautiful and melancholy <em>Jimmy</em> <em>Corrigan</em>). But all those excellent books take the comic form, divest it of its super-heroes and create something new and fresh. <em>Watchmen </em>remains a genre comic but it hugely expands the possibilities - and intelligence - of the genre. Possibly only Frank Miller's <em>The Dark Knight</em> Returns comes close, but <em>Watchmen</em> remains readers' favourite. Why? Because Moore is a better writer, and <em>Watchmen</em> a more complex, dark and literate creation than Miller's fantastic, subversive take on the Batman myth.</p> <p>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. The artwork of Gibbons (best known for 2000 AD's <em>Rogue Trooper</em> and DC's <em>Green Lantern</em>) 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.</p> <p>Mark Thwaite</p>show more
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