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 college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as V FOR VENDETTA, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and THE SANDMAN series.
It’s never too late to discover a classic. I have spent much time amongst graphic novels but this is the first one I have been persuaded to read. Within the first few pages my preconceptions of an inferior form of literature were swept away. What I discovered was a storyline as dark as it was intriguing. For those unfamiliar, as I was, with the story it takes place in 1985 and focuses on costumed vigilantes only one of whom has actual superpowers. The Cold War is on a perilous trajectory, a retired superhero is murdered, and conspiracies abound on both subjects. I wrestled, along with the characters, with themes of morality, society, heroism and this world we live in. The pictures, rather than simply making this a quick read, were as much a part of the story as the words. I marveled at how much meaning could be found in a single panel. The pictures forced me to think more closely about the story and offered important clues if only I could sleuth them out. While the ending left me unsettled the journey was immensely satisfying. I can now say I look forward to enjoying more books in this genre.
-- by Mollie H.