By Alan Moore and Dave Gibbens
Published in 1986 by DC Comics
Purchased for book club
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 graphic novels such as V for Vendetta, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and The Sandman series.
I know this is supposed to a classic in the graphic novel/comics world. But I don’t get it. At times, I found it hard to follow. The stories were a bit disconnected and hard to determine how they fit in the overall story.
There are several aspects of the book that I really liked. I thought the characters were great. The masked adventurers are an interesting lot; so flawed and borderline insane. Some of them deal with a god-complex. Too much power is not a good thing.
The setting of the Watchmen is during the Cold War with Richard Nixon as president. I couldn’t imagine a world where he was still president. Very creepy.
I really enjoy the graphic novel genre. But this book is a too disconnected and creepy for me to really enjoy. However, my husband, who isn’t a big reader, picked it and is really likes it. Now that is a good thing!