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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  312,818 ratings  ·  9,015 reviews
SOON TO BE A FEATURE FILM!
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 bestseller, WATCHMEN has been studied on
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Hardcover, 436 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by DC Comics (first published 1986)
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Keely
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 purpose of the superhero genre: how readers connect to i
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Schmacko
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 creates it’s own world. And ALL OF THOSE OTHER ARTS MAKE EMOTIONALLY E
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Nicole Prestin
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, that's icing on the cake. And the bottom line is th
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*


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.
I didn't even know there was a movie made from i
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Felicia
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 novel, it's almost sad how the impression you tak
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Brad
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Trish
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Mark Lawrence
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, and comes so close to fulfilling its promises that
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Hunger For Knowledge
Watchmen by Alan Moore is such an excellent example of an graphic novel that is not always easy but very much worth of the effort. It needs time to be fully savored and internalized. Such an multi-layered, terrific story.

Still continues to be one of my all time favorites. I can always see it timely not just with the story but with the graphic art as well.

I love my special edition.

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Kat Stark




Alrighty, I don't even know how to go about doing justice on this piece of work. For everyone's information, I'm a total noob when it comes to comics. I never read anything until 2010 after I watched The Walking Dead and found out that it was adapted from a comic. I read every single volume in a matter of days and fell in love.

Just remember that I enjoy dark, psychological, and unhappy comics. That's the way I am. If you don't like those type of novels, then don't pick this one up. I think tha
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Punk
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 once before, but gave up before I got even five pa ...more
karen
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.
Aubrey
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 eager mind.

The poster is in an alleyway. It is fil
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John Wiswell
Mar 18, 2013 John Wiswell rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fanatical comic book readers
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 Comedian turned out to be the apex cynic, and so I d ...more
Jonathan
I refuse to let the hype of this novel influence me. And so here is my statement about the book in one sentence: I liked the story but the philosophy behind the novel I did not like.

Watchmen - many people know the idea behind the title 'Who will watch the Watchmen' - but not everyone has read this acclaimed novel. As the title suggests it is a graphic novel that deals with the idea of who exists to watch the superheroes if they go out of control. And really, part of my problem with reading this
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Kat
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 infallible icons of Americana. This is a graphic nov
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Argona
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 and I find it very refreshing when I think of all t ...more
Sanjay Gautam
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. Here he has created superheroes who are in deep complex psychological crisis or are going through one and they are not perfect who always save the day in the end.
Tatiana
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 more complex than I thought it was. The characters
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Brendan
Who’s watching Watchmen? Everybody apparently. This book—or comic book, or graphic novel, or whatever you want to call it—has been picked apart endlessly in the 20 years since it was first published, every frame microscopically studied, its plot, characters, and symbols charted out no less elaborately than Ulysses’. Its fans, like fans of everything else, are intensely protective and argumentative. Reading a book like this now, for the first time, is likely to result less in actual criticism tha ...more
Roya
Final rating: 2.5 stars

Buddy read with: Argona (the awesome).
Rorschach's Journal: October 12th, 1985

Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face.

The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown.

The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout "Save us!"
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Becky
Back in 2009, when the movie came out, my boyfriend went to see it (without me - I will not knowingly see a movie based on a book I might someday want to read) and didn't like it at all. He came out of the movie saying that it made him mad how there were all sorts of references to "Illuminati" stuff.

Now, admittedly, I'm damn near blind when it comes to seeing symbolism. One should never rely on me to be the one to catch symbolism references to things in books or movie or anything, unless it sid
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Amanda
Another graphic novel that makes me wish I had been introduced to comic books when I had been younger. I just know that I was meant to have spent my formative years reading them, but, alas, no older brother to steal them from, no comic book store on the corner, no real knowledge of their existence. How deprived my childhood was.

Some reasons I loved Watchmen:

The alternative history approach; America won the Vietnam war, Nixon is still president, but the hysteria caused by the possibility of nucle
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
When I was young and still living in an island town where books were rare and I get to see newspapers (parts of newspapers, actually) only as fish wrappers, my hunger for reading was appeased somehow by komiks. Some of them featured complete short stories in each issue. The better ones, however, were those serialized stories or novellettes. Issues were delivered weekly by boat from the mainland (Wednesdays for Aliwan komiks, Thursdays for Wakasan komiks, etc.), each story cut off in each issue a ...more
Zachary Jernigan
WATCHMEN is not at all my cup of tea. While I can see the merit in it, especially for its time, I'm pretty tired of all the subversion of tropes it, um, achieves. (To be clear, subversion seems to me like the most simplistic of approaches to literature: "Oh, I'll do THE OPPOSITE! So brilliant!")

In its obvious attempt to destroy archetypes and upset expectations, it seems heavy-handed, and though this is very likely informed by how inured we've become to this strategy, it still feels that way an
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Sam Quixote
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 punch up and dress up in rubbish outfits. One bloke
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Oriana
[adapted from my J&C essay series over at CCLaP]

Bookfriends, it is the one-year anniversary of Jugs & Capes! And so naturally we read the behemoth of behemoths. That's right: Watchmen. Probably the most famous graphic novel of all time, if not altogether one of the most famous books of all time. It’s such a hard book to even talk about, let alone review—I feel like everything I could say must have already been said, louder and smarter, over and over.

Oh but whatever, when has that stoppe
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Rainbow
My friend Lynn was reading this book, so I reread it (for the first time in at least 15 years) so we could talk about it.

I was torn about how many stars to give it. On the one hand, I think it's a breathtaking, fascinating accomplishment. On the other hand, I find it really grim and depressing.

I went with five stars because, technically, five stars means "it was amazing." And it was that.

But I don't think I'll reread it for at least another 15 years.

Crystal Starr Light
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!!
Anne
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. The "superheroes" were just dysfunctional guys (a ...more
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egypt
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“Stood in firelight, sweltering. Bloodstain on chest like map of violent new continent. Felt cleansed. Felt dark planet turn under my feet and knew what cats know that makes them scream like babies in night.

Looked at sky through smoke heavy with human fat and God was not there. The cold, suffocating dark goes on forever and we are alone. Live our lives, lacking anything better to do. Devise reason later. Born from oblivion; bear children, hell-bound as ourselves, go into oblivion. There is nothing else.

Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us. Only us. Streets stank of fire. The void breathed hard on my heart, turning its illusions to ice, shattering them. Was reborn then, free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world.

Was Rorschach.

Does that answer your Questions, Doctor?”
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