Watchmen: The Absolute Edition

Watchmen: The Absolute Edition

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by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
     
 

SOON TO BE A FEATURE FILM!
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

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SOON TO BE A FEATURE FILM!
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.

Editorial Reviews

Dave Itzkoff
The would-be heroes of Watchmen have staggeringly complex psychological profiles: beneath his mask, the hard-nosed vigilante Rorschach is not a billionaire Bruce Wayne-like playboy but a troubled loner with a sociopathic streak. The gadget-dependent Nite-Owl is a sexually impotent pushover. Dr. Manhattan, the lone character who genuinely possesses supernatural powers (gained from a quantum physics experiment gone horribly wrong), is so close to godhood that he can appreciate human affairs only at a subatomic scale.
— The New York Times
Rolling Stone
Watchmen is peerless. — Mikal Gilmore, Rolling Stone
Village Voice
A brilliant piece of fiction. — Richard Gehr, The Village Voice
Library Journal
When first serialized in 1986-7, this extraordinary story took the comics world by storm, and its fresh approach, more mature and realistic than most other mainstream comics of the time, became a template for much of what came later. In a world where superheroes have been outlawed, the murder of amoral government agent and ex-superhero the Comedian leads some of his former colleagues to investigate, and thereby uncover a plot of incredible scope and impact. Moore and Gibbons delve deeply into the psychology of the heroes, including the uncompromising, illegally operating urban denizen Rorschach; the wealthy super-intelligent businessman Ozymandias; and the atom-powered, blue-skinned, aloof Dr. Manhattan, and the heroes' political, technological, and cultural impact on their unsettled world is thoroughly delineated. Further, Moore proved himself an immensely skilled scriptwriter, weaving together complementary plotlines that comment on and deepen the book's main action. This remains a pinnacle of comics achievement, and no collection should be without it (with mature themes and some nudity, it's recommended for older teens and adults). This new oversized (12"x8") hardcover, with its colors revised by original colorist John Higgins and with preliminary sketches and story notes appended, is the finest version available. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401207137
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
380,947
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 15.60(h) x 2.16(d)

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Watchmen: The Absolute Edition 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
celicynd More than 1 year ago
Watchmen is simply one of the best stories ever told in comics.

Please be cautious ordering though, as the image is not correct. The slipcase does NOT have the bloodied smiley on it, it has the yellow doomsday clock on it (with the hands in the position of the blood smear on the smiley). I believe the smiley was only the first edition of the book and this is the 4th printing. I was actually someone disappointed with the cover, since I was expecting the other one, but the rest of the book is so well made (the paper stock is amazingly heavy), I forgive the change.
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Nolan_Nargang More than 1 year ago
Watchmen was, and still is, an event graphic novel. There is an intense amount of detail that enriches the story, maticulous descriptive powers, an enormous sense of impact that keeps you gripping the book until you are done, and every character has a back story. This ground-breaking masterpiece weaves back and forth in time that leads to tell a story that is much bigger than just another super hero epic, creating a breath of fresh air in the graphic novel world. Watchmen delves deeper under the surface and shows you what goes on in the heroes' head and their thought processes. It becomes more of a psychological thriller in some points. The concept of creating a fictional storyline based on actual events is sort of dated, but Alan Moore definitely made it work and created a feel that didn't go stagnant after a few pages. Just to prove that Watchmen has made its mark where it belongs, the blood-splattered smiley face pin is one of the most iconic images in the grapic novel world. Not to mention that it is listed as Time Magazines' 100 Most Greatest English-Language Novels of the 20th Century. On top of the in-depth thriller, Zach Snyder directed his interpretation of the the masterpiece and created an event film to match it. I'm not just writing a kiss-ass review because of the film and that it got so much hype, I'm writing a great review for a great piece of literature that will be read time and time again. Its a great read and it also stimulates conversation, believe it or not. Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it. And make sure you clear off a spot in your permanent collection.
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WATHCMEN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL thats what every body is talking about. THE ORIGINALITY and CHARACTERS are so amazing. I personly love RORSCHACH cause of the moving mask and a great story he has behind him. WATCHMEN also has characters like, NIGHT OWL 2, SILK SPECTRE 2, OZYMANDIAS, DR.MANHATTAN, and THE COMEIDAIN. its an amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutley boring, no action, twisted story line, and below average artwork. There are too many characters to keep track of and some are repeat characters. No sense of a timeline. Truly not worth the $60 pricetag. Hope the movie does better. Cannot figure where all the hype came from.