Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons | Book Review

Monday, 11 December 2017

Rating: 3.5/5

"It all begins with the paranoid delusions of a half-insane hero called Rorschach. But is Rorschach really insane or has he in fact uncovered a plot to murder super-heroes and, even worse, millions of innocent civilians? On the run from the law, Rorschach reunites with his former teammates in a desperate attempt to save the world and their lives, but what they uncover will shock them to their very core and change the face of the planet! Following two generations of masked superheroes from the close of World War II to the icy shadow of the Cold War comes this groundbreaking comic story — the story of The Watchmen"

I made a point to read more graphic novels/comics this year as I have only ever read a few, and they're something I have wanted to read for a long time, but I have never found the right one. Now having read a few and looking for some new suggestions, my friends recommend Watchmen. Having read V for Vendetta, which is also written by Moore, I was intrigued by reading Watchmen as I knew it was quite popular and had been made into a film, although not well received, but is also being made into a TV series by HBO which now I've read Watchmen, I am really excited about!

Quickly, overall, I enjoyed the book! It has hard-hitting, controversial themes, of which I would expect nothing less from Moore. Rorschach was probably my favourite character; he spoke almost in notes of much like the diary he keeps, which is something that I thought was interesting. I also had to take in mind that this book was written in the 80's, well before I was born. So although I didn't think it was amazing, it probably would have been for folks reading it 30+ years ago.

As stated before, I haven't really read many graphic novels, so from reading traditional books, I've always found it difficult just reading the dialogue. I feel like I'm missing some hidden meaning from the artwork or character intentions as there's no 'they felt sad' or 'this made them angry' kind of text, but I'm sure I'll get used to it the more graphic novels and comics I read.

So overall, I guess I was expecting a bit more than what I read, especially with all of the hype surrounding the book. And like I said previously, this was probably an incredible graphic novel for its time, especially with the historical context of the 80's and the state the world was in back then. It was alright, but I'm looking forward to reading more graphic novels in the future!

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Love, K :)

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