|| Reviews - Watchmen - TPB
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Absolutly essential - Thai
Firstly let start by saying alot of people have probably heard of Watchman and certainly if you have any interest in comics.
It's in the top 100 time magazine's best ever novels and won countless awards but for some reason I had held off reading it for reason unknown to me........but I can safely say this is one of the best peices of literature I have ever read.
It has everything from politics, Great Character development, intrigue and ranges through every genre seemlessly.
The plot is really simple a basic murder mystery really but intwines into something altogether on a bigger scale.
To reveal anything further on the plot would be criminal but rest assured it offers everything or at least something that will appeal to you.
The art by Dave Gibbons suits the mood perfectly and every panel is filled with detail although not to the extent of someone like George Perez which in a 334 page book would of been a bit demending on the senses.
I won't speak to much of Alan Moore as you've probably heard his name is the same sentence as genius many times and I'm not about to disagree.
I'm also sure that this could not be presented in any other medium due to it's complicated nature and the ability to backtrack through the book which is a coup for any comic fan
I have heard though a film is on the way which worries me greatly as there is no way this epic can be broken down into a 120 minute film but this will remain to be soon.
The biggest praise I can really give this book is without it the comic book genre would probably be in a completly different place and I'm sure for the worse
9.4 out of ten
The Citizen Kane of superhero comics - WillTurner
Alan Moore, for my money, is a genius. With this comic he took the conventions of the genre to an exciting and completely different arena.
The issues raised in this from the notions of power and responsiblity to the trauma of the Vietnam war, with a bit of paranoia and corruption thrown in.
I find it hard to summarise and as such don't want to give much away either. The basic plot (superheroes forced to sign register, but are then killed by a mystery assailant) makes it sound pretty trashy, but doesn't begin to convey the multiple layers.
The characters, ranging from the almighty Doc, the inappropriately named Comedian, the psychotic Rosarch through to the middle aged Night Owl are all multi faceted and there is never a real sense of pure right and wrong.
But even then, there is still some nice action sequences and a fine thriller aspect to it as well. In short, I really can't reccomend this enough. Read it before we get the bastardized Hollywood version, as this one comic I can honestly say is genuinely unfilmable.
Quis custodiet ipos custodes - praxis22
Watchmen, along with V for Vendetta, and Miller's Daredevil, are in my opinion, the finest examples of what is possible in comics, and almost impossible anywhere else, it works so well because of the medium of the comic book.
Watchmen is dystopian and realistic, spanning from the idealistic fifties, through the politically charged 60 & 70's and into the political expediancy of the 80's.
Where "God is American" and a madman plots a conspiracy, while another tries to unravel it.
Then there's the shipwrecked subplot.
Make no mistake, this is the high watermark, the best example of a truly "grown up" comic book, and one that proves once and for all that comics are not just "kid's stuff." If you only ever read one comic, make sure it's this one, it won't dissapoint you.