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Thursday, May 29, 2008

45. Watchmen by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons


Title: Watchmen
Author: Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons
Copyright: 1995
Pages: 334
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 5-26-08

The only graphic novel on the list of 1001 books you should read in your lifetime, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen is an interesting deconstruction of the superhero mythos. The story is a little dated, as the original 12 issues were published in the late 80s and deal with more Cold War issues such as the constant immanent threat of nuclear war, but many of the questions raised would still be relevant today. It is also a study into what it takes to be a hero, and the lengths that one hero would go to to ensure world peace.

The art is a little sparse, but it fits for the tone and feel of the story. Told in a more cinematic style, you should pay attention to the panel flow and the stories in the story to find hidden correlations in the story.

Overall, even with the slightly dated material, it is an amazingly well constructed story, both in dialogue and the visual aspect of the art.

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