In a world when the superheroes who once protected us are now essentially government controlled social pariahs, Alan Moore has created a graphic novel that hits much harder than a glance through the pages would suggest. We follow Rorschach, an anti-hero evading government involvement, as he pieces together a trail of death and cunning misdirection. The last pages left me gripping the book in disbelief, and trying to wrap my head around the conclusion for long after.
A murder mystery-turned-nationwide conspiracy, WATCHMEN examines the lives of the eponymous superhero team as they seem to decay alongside the ever-darkening America around them. Rorschach, Nite Owl, the Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias reunite to investigate who’s behind a teammate’s murder, but find that the truth may be even more grim than the world they seek to protect.
One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial bestseller, WATCHMEN is considered a gateway title to the entire graphic storytelling medium. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal story is the benchmark against which all other graphic novels and comic books are judged with an incredible story that chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. This edition of WATCHMEN, the groundbreaking series from Alan Moore, the award-winning writer of V FOR VENDETTA and BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, and Dave Gibbons, the artist of GREEN LANTERN, features the high-quality, recolored pages found in WATCHMEN: THE ABSOLUTE EDITION with sketches, never-before-seen extra bonus materials and a new introduction by Dave Gibbons.
About the Author
Alan Moore is perhaps the most acclaimed writer in the graphic story medium, having garnered countless awards for works such as WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA, SWAMP THING and Miracleman. He is also the mastermind behind the America's Best Comics line, through which he has created (along with many talented illustrators) THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, PROMETHEA, TOM STRONG, TOMORROW STORIES and TOP TEN. As one of the medium's most important innovators since the early 1980s, Moore has influenced an entire generation of comics creators, and his work continues to inspire an ever-growing audience.
"A work of ruthless psychological realism, it's a landmark in the graphic novel medium." —Time Magazine
"Watchmen is peerless." —Rolling Stone
"Remarkable ... the would-be heroes of WATCHMEN have staggeringly complex psychological profiles." —New York Times Book Review
"Groundbreaking." —USA Today
"A masterwork representing the apex of artistry." —Entertainment Weekly