It is time we talk about the amazing graphic novel that is Watchmen. I could go off all day about this wonderful story, but I will do my best to keep this review to my short and sweet formula, that we have grown to love. Originally published in 1986-87, Watchmen is still wildly popular today, it is the only graphic novel to appear on Time’s List of 100 Best Novels published since 1923. Which is kind of a big deal.
Watchmen was also a high grossing blockbuster movie released in 2012. Met with mixed reviews, the film was narrowly considered a success. In my opinion, the movie failed to touch on the feel and aura of the book, as well as rushed past vital plot points. By packing all the cgi and action into a couple hours they missed an opportunity on this literary treasure. Plus, they flopped the great conclusion, which is a bad deal.
So why is it that this stand alone book has stood over the entire graphic story telling media? Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, that’s why. There is so much that can be said about Alan Moore, the man is a legend. His stories and creations are the stuff comic book history is made from, his writing is flawless. Mr. Moore is without doubt of the greatest of our time. And already highly respected Dave Gibbons put his all into the Watchmen being rewarded with not one, but two Jack Kirby Awards, which in case you didn’t guess, is a big deal.
Watchmen is set in an alternate reality that closely resembles our own as of the 80s. With one striking difference being the presence of super heroes. Although the story we are told is after the heroes have been outlawed for about 8 years. As the midnight clock starts counting down and an ex-hero is mysteriously murdered, a group of former super heroes band together to get to the bottom of things. Its not so simple of a plot line and each character’s morals are put into question. Resulting in a mind blowing conclusion.
I could list off the things I like about this book, but there is no point, as it is near perfection. The dark, haunting images of our own world is mirrored in that of the characters. Who are mostly the bad guys at this point as their vigilant behaviours are unlawful. I am still unsure to this day if there is a true protagonist or antagonist in the story. Which adds to the beauty.
I first read Watchmen on vacation to Australia and it was one of the highlights of my trip. When asked of my vacation I tend to skip all the fun, unique, once in a life time stuff and tell people how good Watchmen is.
I put Watchmen as one of my favorite books, in any form or genre, with out a doubt. I’ve probably read it more times than any thing else, excluding my sons early obsession with Green Eggs and Ham. I easily recommend this book to all. I have even convinced my father, who has read maybe 3 books in my memory, to read this, which again, is a big deal. One of the most important comic books for anyone to read, I give the essential 5/5 story a 5.5/5.
Thanks booknerds, that is about all that is needed to be said on this matter.