Watchmen by Alan Moore

Watchmen

This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial best-seller, Watchmen has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other grap...


Details Watchmen

TitleWatchmen
ISBN9780930289232
Author
Release DateSep 24th, 2018
PublisherDC Comics
LanguageEnglish
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
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Reviews Watchmen

  • J.G. Keely
    2007-05-13
    Since the movie came out, I've found myself having to explain why Watchmen is important and interesting. Despite being the most revered comic book of all time, it never really entered the mainstream until the film. Now, people are rushing to read it in droves, but approaching Watchmen without an understanding of its history and influences means missing most of what makes it truly special.The entire work is an exploration of the history and purpos...
  • Mark Lawrence
    2011-05-30
    I didn't read this until last year. I saw the film about six months later. I'm a new convert still radiant with that 'just converted' glow. Along with the Sandman graphic novels this is my favourite work in the medium (Zenith and Preacher get honourable mentions). Watchmen wins over all of the other candidates in ambition. This is a work of vast ambition. It doesn't deliver on every level, it isn't perfect, but it contains so much that succeeds, ...
  • Jayson
    2013-08-01
    (A) 88% | ExtraordinaryNotes: Continually drawn in by its brilliance, it’s a comic tour de force, with meaty dialogue and a complex, layered storyline.
  • Bookdragon Sean
    2015-10-07
    Morality is a fickle bitch. This is, simply put, iconic. When any one mentions comics/graphic novels the first thought that enters is an image of the Watchmen. I think there is a strong reason for it. It made me question morality on a scale rarely seen in fiction. Indeed, when considering the characters it is incredibly hard to consider any of them truly good or truly bad. They are simply people who are convinced that they are right. Take Rorscha...
  • Schmacko
    2008-08-11
    I can understand why this is considered a holy tome in the field of graphic novels. The plot is complex, it’s unique, and it’s well drawn. Also, it’s got the Holy Grail of every geeky comic book fan's wetdreams – lots of cool gadgets and stuff.I ain’t knocking that. Imagination abounds, and I am thoroughly impressed. I love that comic books and graphic novels create their entire world – but – BUT then again every piece of art create...
  • Pouting Always
    2017-12-17
    So I've been super busy trying to figure out my life now that I've graduated and it's terrible and I've literally read nothing in weeks but I actually ended up taking a day to read this because someone lent it to me. My boyfriend was saying that it was ridiculous that I hadn't read this yet and insisted I finish and even though now I'm like behind on this online class that I've been taking it was totally worth it. Usually I write like some kind o...
  • Fabian
    2008-07-30
    Not a fan of the graphic novel but this epic actually moved me. It tells of the human drama, the DNA that is passed down generations, the hopelessness of modernity, and which side we'll choose when the apocalypse is neigh. It is pessimistic, dark, & sometimes silly (as a staple of the genre... it wouldn't be a success if it wasn't SOMEhow ridiculous)."The Incredibles" (Best Pixar Picture Ever) touched upon many of the themes presented here, mainl...
  • Nicole Prestin
    2008-07-23
    I realize that what I'm about to say is as close as you can get to comic book blasphemy, but I think that 1) Alan Moore is the most overrated comic book writer ever and 2) this graphic novel is overblown, pretentious and most unforgivable of all, boring.To be fair, I'm somewhat of a snob when it comes to my reading habits. First and foremost, I want to be entertained. If the story happens to be deep, thought provoking or groundbreaking as well, t...
  • Felicia
    2009-02-07
    Hmm, what to say. I read this AFTER I saw the movie, which was sacrilege according to some fellow geeks on Twitter, but my definition of "Geek" is someone who doesn't do what people PRESSURE them to do :P They love what they love. So anyhoo I read this and I can summarize this way:The Movie did a great summary of the plot while formulating a story that missed the subtext of the graphic novel entirely. I enjoyed both, but after reading the graphic...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2014-03-24
    What's this? Unpopular opinion time? Most of my friends and most of Goodreads love this book. I did not. I read for pleasure. I don't care if reading makes me smart. I don't care if reading makes me pretty. I just want that escape into other worlds. If I went to this world-I would die from boredom. I actually like the darker books so I thought this one would sweep me up into the fandom of it. But, alas, it just made me sleep quite well last night...
  • Sanjay Gautam
    2012-06-26
    Alan Moore is the greatest graphic novelist of all time. He has created a world where superheroes are not typical superheroes like super-man, spider-man et al. Each superhero has a unique philosophical perspective. And he has created superheroes who were either in deep complex psychological crisis or are going through one, and they are not perfect who always save the day in the end.
  • Brad
    2008-03-25
    I've been in many discussions over the years -- some in classes I was teaching, some over pints in the bar, and still others late at night with people I love -- about what Alan Moore was trying to say with Watchmen, discussions about the meaning of his graphic novel, and I am convinced that the meaning is not what most people think.Most people I have talked to look at Veidt's mini-Armageddon to bring peace as inherently evil -- and the most monst...
  • Will Byrnes
    2009-03-16
    I reread this in anticipation of seeing the film in 2009. Rorschach Watchmen is one of the all-time great graphic novels. Someone is killing the costumed adventurers and the very dark Rorschach, our guiding Virgil into this Inferno, is trying to get to the bottom of it. Watchmen deals in multiple time lines, from the early days of the 40’s 50’s and 60’s when the superheroes were welcomed and appreciated, to the 70’s when laws were passed ...
  • Trish
    2007-12-09
    Aaron's been telling me for a long time that I should read a select few of his favorite comic books. And I haven't been avoiding them. But when I'm looking around the house for something to read, I forget to wander over to the comics section. So finally he just made a stack of books for me, and I started with Watchmen. And within the first few pages I was testing his patience with questions/comments including: "Why is Rorshach the hero when he's ...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2016-10-02
    One of the greatest standalone comics which led to one of the greatest screen adaptations of a superhero story, Watchmen is an extraordinarily fun ride. I love the 30s atmosphere and the compelling characters. The heroes are all over their prime (kind of like Batman and Superman in retirement in The Dark Knight Rises). The artwork is great and the story is orignal - one of the great comic classics!Need to re-read this one regularly as Alan Moore ...
  • Tom Ewing
    2017-05-16
    Modern comics events seem to demand endless lead-ins and spin-offs, and sadly Doomsday Clock, from the blockbuster team of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, is no exception to this trend. Watchmen, the extended prequel to Doomsday Clock, feels wholly unneccessary to 2017's much-anticipated DC Rebirth (TM) event. For a start, it's not even by Geoff Johns - how big a clue do you need that DC see 'Watchmen' as simply a cash-in? The storyline has been farm...
  • karen
    2009-03-04
    okay i finally read it. and although i hate hate hate the art (which is why i didnt read it long ago until everyone kept telling me it was better than the art) the story is mostly very good. there are a couple of cringe-y things in there, mostly just dated material that cant be helped, but i am glad i read it, and you all can stop shouting at me now.
  • Lyn
    2018-01-14
    Brilliant.A clever joke, wound up inside a parody, and all surrounded and blanketed by a cool story.Three cheers for Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons for this deservedly popular and critically acclaimed, genre defining, wildly influential graphic novel. First published in 1987, this has come to be a benchmark of what kind of powerful fiction can be accomplished in this medium.Describing an alternate history where Richard Nixon has been president for m...
  • Nasia
    2018-06-11
    Αριστουργηματικό, πάρα πολύ καλογραμμένο, με σχέδιο καλοταιριασμένο και λεπτομερές τόσο όσο. Οι φιλοσοφικές του προεκτάσεις σου δίνουν τροφή για σκέψη, ειδικά σε εποχές Τράμπ. Αυτό το βιβλίο εναλλακτικής ιστορίας μένει χαραγμένο στην μνήμη, δίν...
  • Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
    2015-09-11
    MIA'S JOURNAL. JANUARY 31st, 2016:Finished book today. Was good. Interesting. Review to come, much to say.When people see this, they will demand to know. Down below, the readers will look up at me and beg, and they will ask: "Should we read this book?"And I'll look down and whisper, "Yes."
  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    2016-09-27
    I can't stop thinking about this graphic novel. It's not something I'd usually like- ultra-violent with a very dark vision of humanity- but there is something incredibly compelling about it.It starts with a murder. Watchmen is the story of a group of super heroes who don't fight crime anymore because vigilantism was outlawed. Among the many costumed regular heroes (The Comedian, Rorschach, Nite Owl), there is an actual superhero, Dr. Manhattan, w...
  • Punk
    2007-08-17
    Graphic Novel. It's 1985. We won the Vietnam War. Nixon is still president. Someone is killing off costumed superheroes, and the world is on the brink of nuclear war. I wasn't expecting to like this book. What, I wondered, did a comic from the late eighties have to offer me, a hip and happening girl in the oughts? You can practically see the dots in the color! I'd checked it out from the library on the advice of friends, and I'd tried to read it ...
  • Anne
    2009-01-03
    Ok, first let me say that I have never read a graphic novel. (I apologize in advance to all those who will be offended when I make this next statement.) I thought it would be a nice easy read that I could finish in a few hours. Oops! What can I say, I figured it was just an adult version of some comic book. Boy, was I wrong. This thing took me days to finish! It was an in-depth, gritty, dark, mostly sad look at an alternate world a lot like ours....
  • Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ
    2014-01-29
    It’s been fairly said a hundred times in the 27 years since its publication that writer and artist Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons respectively have created something immortal which then influenced other works and changed the comics medium forever. Watchmen also won the Hugo award in 1988 and was the only graphic novel to make it to Time magazine’s 100 Greatest Books 2005 list. So why the enduring legacy?Like any other kid, I’ve loved superhero...
  • Madeline
    2009-11-17
    Two realizations occurred to me while reading this book:1. The movie version, while long as hell, is actually really well done and accurate. And by "accurate" I of course mean "basically a frame-by-frame reproduction of the graphic novel." Not necessarily a bad thing, although they do change some details of the ending a little. I was okay with both versions, though. I think I still prefer the graphic novel, mostly because when I read it I don't h...
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    2016-09-04
    Read before you see the move...or after you have seen the movie. Truly one of the most innovative interpretations of SH comics ever written.
  • Tatiana
    2009-05-04
    Frankly, I've always looked down on comic books and graphic novels. That is until I saw "Watchmen" - the movie that amazed me by its complexity and cleverness. Needless to say, I just had to see what kind of material it was based on. I wasn't disappointed. Let me start by saying that I though the movie did this book justice, especially visually. But reading this graphic novel just added an entire new layer to the story, making it even deeper and ...
  • ||Swaroop||
    2018-05-13
    It would be a stronger world, a stronger loving world, to die in. ~ John CaleExtraordinarily powerful; Truly special; Visually engrossing – indeed qualifies to be one of the all time greatest novels! 12 amazing chapters of groundbreaking poetic and artistic verses!!In a world filled with many mindless and senseless graphic novels and comics, Watchmen is an intelligent and thought-provoking creation, much much more than just entertainment. A mas...
  • Stuart
    2013-06-06
    Watchmen: Changed the genre forever (Graphic Novel & Movie Review)Originally posted at Fantasy LiteratureWhat more can be said about this brilliant, game-changing graphic novel from 1987? It challenged, deconstructed, and redefined the superhero story to the point that it’s hard to imagine any comic book writer not being fully cognizant of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen when they put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard). Despite it com...
  • Kinga
    2015-08-04
    The problem with ground-breaking works is that, a decade or two later, once the ground is well-broken, they no longer seem that ground-breaking after all.We forget that once upon a time the idea of a morally ambiguous superhero was a revolutionary concept in comic books Before they never questioned what was good and what was evil and which side should win and how. Things used to be crystal clear. They are not so in Watchmen. Alan Moore took this ...
  • Delirious Disquisitions
    2016-07-01
    You should read this if you like: retro art, nihilism, alternate timelines, mysteries, murders, morally grey characters, non-linear timelines, superhero debates, doomsday clocks, mysteries, murders, morally grey characters, non-linear timelines, time, nuclear debate. Watchmen is one of the most visually stunning and thematically resonant comics I read last year. Each page is divided into 9 panels of striking art in primary colors of red, yellow,...
  • Ayman Gomaa
    2017-06-03
    Ayman's Journal June 5th,2017 Magnificent , Mind-Blowing , The BestButDystopia , Dark , Terror , Miserable or as i love to say " Nowadays "Finished , i am so dazed and sad ,it was the best graphic novel i ever read and what makes it so special that it was written in the 80's !!! can u imagine !! Alan Moore knows the human nature more than us. i talked before about Alan Moore in V for Vendetta review so i will skip it , to SUM up he is the best gr...
  • Aubrey
    2010-08-07
    Imagine the poster of a superhero. Bold lines curving around supple limbs, a palate of strong colors suffusing every empty space with black, yellow, red arcing in a heroic spray of vitality. It inspires an intense nostalgia for the days of black and white, where good was good and evil was evil, the latter never lasting for very long. You remember your childhood, filled with dreams and hobbies and racing through the world with bright eyes and an e...
  • John Wiswell
    2007-08-09
    I admire Alan Moore as a public figure and regard how much he apparently shook up superhero comics. That’s not going to make me like The Watchmen. Fundamentally, every character felt like the same uninspired shape, that jaded celebrity in search of catharsis at the expense of someone else. I held out hope for The Comedian to play a dynamic personality, for if ever a universe needed The Joker to kick it in the ass, it was this one. Instead, The ...
  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    2016-05-16
    2 Stars I know, I know, "Sacrilege!" I promise I have my reasons. (Spoiler alert: Rape used as a trivial plot point and bizarre story-within-a-story antics)RTC
  • Eirini Proikaki
    2017-05-06
    Οκ,δεν ξέρω πως να ξεκινήσω.Να πω οτι πρόκειται για αριστούργημα;Να πω οτι εχω μείνει με το στόμα ανοιχτό σα χάνος;Οτι το τελείωσα και συνεχίζω να το ξεφυλλίζω και να χαζεύω τα υπέροχα καρέ του που πολλές φορές προκαλούν δέος;Οτι έκανα τη βλακεία ν...
  • Kat
    2009-01-28
    Basic Plot: Someone has murdered the "hero" the Comedian, and the retired costumed heroes begin to investigate, turning up all kinds of nasty messes.I'm seriously tempted to give spoilers here, as the book was utterly mind-blowing (GAH! Rorschach! GAH!), and there were some serious twists in the book that, while I can't say I didn't see them coming, still really affected me strongly.This is not a comic book for those who want their superheroes in...
  • Jim
    2015-12-08
    Allan Moore's Watchemen. I can't write anything new, by now you must have read it all, negative reviews or possitive. Wtachmen is probably the most famous superhero graphic novel of all time, and i don't think that is going to change any time soon, if ever. For the fans of the genre it will always be a must read. To those who are not, there will be some moment in their lives where they will meet someone who will mention it, or like in 2009 with t...
  • Staring·Girl
    2017-05-06
    Amazing. *** Άλλη μια συνανάγνωση με το παρεάκι απ'τη ΛτΒ.
  • Argona
    2015-03-30
    First, I should mention that I usually read for pleasure and therefore, I rate most of my books based on how much I enjoy reading them. But every once in a while, I make myself read a certain book for the literature value it has or for the sheer reason that I think I should. *Watchmen" was one of these cases. I don't regret reading it. I can see why this book has such a significant value as a comic. The ending was specially a very nice surprise a...
  • Sam Quixote
    2011-07-31
    So it's now apparently sacrilege to criticize Moore and Gibbons' feted book but I don't care, iconoclasm is underrated. My main problems with it are simply subjective. Moore can't write well, in my opinion, and nowhere is his dull and poor prose more apparent than in this book. I fell asleep reading this and cannot understand what people see in this. None of them besides the blue guy have superpowers so it's basically a group of guys who like a p...
  • Vivian
    2011-08-24
    The games humans play and the inevitable shades of gray.This was very good, conflicted, and did a lovely job of whipsawing the reader back and forth between positions. Some obvious, pitch black, and some far more subtle. Good intentions. Does the end justify the means?The parallel symbolism between the Watchmen and the Black Freighter comic was sublime. The paths chosen by each of the characters, the consequences, the terrible choices, the good o...
  • Vladan
    2015-03-08
    Remek delo!Iako je stil crtanja kao iz 30-tih godina proslog veka, prica je genijalna i brutalna (stvarno brutalna).Super junaci na kakve nismo navikli.
  • David Schaafsma
    2012-08-26
    Made the Time magazine list of 100 greatest 20th century novels, the only graphic novel on the list... and deserves it. Great, endlessly complicated, but literature, without question, and not just a typical superhero yarn, of course. There's the depiction of women that is problematic as in so many of Moore's novels, no question, and this is troubling, but the work is incredibly ambitions, insightful, thought-provoking... gets at the heart of our ...
  • Crystal Starr Light
    2014-10-13
    Bullet Review:Holy crap, what the hell do I say about the most honored of graphic novels?!A) It's long.B) It's pretentious.C) It's insightful.D) I thought it would never end.E) All of the above.I don't regret reading (thank you, Coworker, for lending this to me!!!), but dayum, thought it would NEVER END and get to the point!!