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(Watchmen #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  102,741 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Watchmen Chapter 1 of 12: At Midnight, All The Agents...
Unknown Binding, 35 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by DC Comics (first published 1986)
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Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Someone recommended reading THE WATCHMEN to me because I was told it was one of the best out there. After reading the first issue, I now know why.

The illustrations were a bit outdated, but I didn't really mind. I'm more curious as to what happened to the Comedian and why this person thinks someone was out there, killing these retired masked heroes.

From the first page, you immediately know that this series would have a dark theme. I've only read the first issue, but I could already tell, I would
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best comic book series I've read. The story is well written and intriguing just what you expect from Alan Moore works. I also loved the graphic. Amazing. ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great starting ..
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Great start, the story is compelling from the very first page and the archaic art-style is beautifully congruent to the story line.
I enjoyed my first meeting and impression of the main characters. The different watchmen and masked heroes are solid figures with distinguished features from the very first issues.
I am especially impressed by the formatting and scenography, which are often overlooked in this media, that add depth to the narration. Especially how the opening and closing page are cycli
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
You can't judge a comic by the same standards as a novel but what if it cheats and half of it is a novel? ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think it's obvious that the starting point is: the comedian is dead. ...more
توفيق عبد الرحيم
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
the beginning of another great work by the great alan moore
Weaving Fiction ( Sj )
Am I............. just not smart enough to fully get this?
I liked the characters and the plot had promising aspects so I can see that as this series goes on, I might enjoy it even more, however I honestly felt like I was missing something completely ??????
Adam Aufderheide
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting beginning. Though it wasn't Great, it made me want to read more. My full review will be on the Watchmen 1-12 book. ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I have seen the movie, I have been obsessed with the series. I know it's a wrong order for me but this masterwork was not known to me because graphic novels were not big buzz words for me till then. Now its different. So this kicks off the 12 part series Watchmen. May be I would be able to watch Ultimate Edition of movie. This starts with the murder of Comedian and start of Night owl. Let's see what do we have in the future.

I have always loved comics, and I hope that I will always lov
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Until now, I hadn't understood how much detail these pictures would add to the story. If this book DIDN'T have graphics, it would have had to be REALLY long to describe so much detail. And I love the autobiography excerpts at the end. I didn't expect that format in this book.

Full review HERE.
Ruta S.
"Why does one death matter against so many? Because there is good and there is evil, and evil must be punished. Even in the face of armageddon I shall not compromise in this. But there are so many deserving of retribution . . . and there is so little time." (Page 24) ...more
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
The one that started it all ... the comedian is dead ... Rorschach is alive ... "They will look up and shout, 'save me'. And I'll whisper, '..No..'" ... Who watches the Watchmen? ...more
Michael Sorbello
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Set in an alternate history where costumed heroes have helped shape society since the beginning of time, the controversial yet prolific costumed hero Edward Blake (more commonly known by his alias The Comedian) is found dead and the perpetrator is nowhere to be found. Unable to solve such a bizarre murder by conventional means, the masked vigilante Rorschach who once served as a costumed hero alongside Comedian and four others takes matters into his own bloodstained hands to track down a mysteri ...more
Jacob Helberg
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Solid introduction. Rorschach is already a mysterious but very intriguing character and I can already tell that I'm not going to like Dr. Manhattan. Seems a bit smug like he's better than everyone else. Hmm... ...more
Yara Hossam
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting beginning. I am curious to see why this comic book radically revolutionized the comic book industry.
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Why does one death matter against so many?
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
back on my watchmen bullshit
Angel Ramirez Alameda
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read!!
Rees Malwin
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Zaki Sadique
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, comic-books, 19xx
Off to a pretty good start. A vigilante/supe is dead, and that could mean only one thing, the boys are in town.
Kai Murphy
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}
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Matthew Rawlins
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Watchmen was one of the first graphic novels that I read, and what an introduction. I had always read comics as a boy, and have written many scripts. As part of my script process I often storyboard which in my view is essentially creating a form of comic book. I love the medium, the mix of visual and written word but the Watchmen, like most of Moore's work is not just a book or a script it is an out and out piece of art.

The story is one of crestfallen, surprising, heroes and in a world where
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Opening in Eddie Blake's apartment, Detectives Fine and Bourquin discuss the murder. Considering the size of the man, Detective Fine presumes there must have been two attackers and also determines that by the sturdiness of the glass that Blake must have been thrown out, making his opponent(s) rather large and strong. They decide to cover up the death to avoid interference from Rorschach.

Nevertheless, that night Rorschach enters the apartment by use of his grappling hook gun. He searches through
Artemis Hobbs
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Started reading Watchmen today because I believed it to be my civic duty as a comics fan and as a fan of Alan Moore to do so. (More familiar with his Swamp Thing and Promethea run).

I of course had seen the Zach Snyder adaptation. It was a seminal (and visceral) piece of film that blew (and scared) my 14 year old mind.
But I couldn't help but always hear about this really amazing book it was based on. Even today, I hear more about the book than I do the movie. (Which I still really believe is a go
Isaiah Rude
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The characters are really the selling point in this one. The symbols representing the problems facing the complex heroes are beautifully crafted. Furthermore, the emotionally impactful resolution at the end is more than satisfying. However, the plot had a few issues. The pacing was a little odd at the beginning and the main opponent of the book was a little on the weaker side. I wasn’t very invested in following the plot right away because the starting event which drove the plot didn’t quite cap ...more
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a must read for anybody who likes Graphic Novels. I've heard about this for years and even watched the Watchmen movie about a decade, but I never read this until now.

You'll probably be confused at first when reading and getting to know the people in this book, but it starts off with a murder which draws you in. As the story goes on, it draws you into everybody's lives and the plot unfolds deeper. On your first read, you are given a lot of information in these pages, that you will want t
Mandy Rocha
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best works of literature I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The visuals and the language work in such perfect harmony that every single page, every single frame within the page, all play a part in the story telling, the ideas of humanity, and the illustration of the faults in our beings. Everything comes full circle over and over and over again, it's a churning of written and seen ideas that roll around into a mystery that is revealed in the ultimate ugliness of our human nature ...more
Billie Walls
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a book I think any comic fan needs to at least skim through, the book isn't like any of the popular current marvel comics and films its dark and gritty and follows a odd cast of characters. Their like a parody of the usual neat and clean superheroes as characters like Rorschach are violent, brutal and has a eye for an eye view. The story is dark and entertaining and the character development is well done overall the book is a good change from other superhero books and I definitely recomm ...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 Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

As a comics writer, Moor

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  • Watchmen #3: The Judge Of All The Earth
  • Watchmen #4: Watchmaker
  • Watchmen #5: Fearful Symmetry
  • Watchmen #6: The Abyss Gazes Also
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  • Watchmen #8: Old Ghosts
  • Watchmen #9: The Darkness of Mere Being
  • Watchmen #10: Two Riders Were Approaching
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