Watchmen: The Absolute Edition

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

Who watches the Watchmen. Someone does. Someone who's trying to kill them all, one by one. Time's running out for the Watchmen... .

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Editorial Reviews

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Alan Moore, the master storyteller behind V for Vendetta, and Dave Gibbons, a brilliant draftsman, have long been revered by comic book fans as the creators of Watchmen, a groundbreaking graphic novel that subverts the superhero genre as easily as a toddler upends a house of cards. Rather than focusing on superhuman abilities, Moore instead zeroes in on the humanity of his characters and leavens what is essentially a murder mystery with enough social commentary and political intrigue to fill a shelf of graphic novels several times over. Gibbons, too, in his detailed yet understated style, conveys a wealth of emotions that easily rival any Oscar-winning performance. Factoring in added treats like excerpts from Moore’s original working script (complete with highlighted notes), character studies, page thumbnails, and cover sketches taken directly from Gibbons’s sketchbook, this deluxe 20th anniversary edition is simply a must-have.
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: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 422,994
  • Product dimensions: 8.85 (w) x 15.55 (h) x 2.15 (d)

Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Dave Gibbons Barnes & Noble.com: The classic graphic novel Watchmen has just been reissued in an "Absolute" edition by DC Comics. How much input did you and Alan Moore have in the creation of Absolute Watchmen? Dave Gibbons: Alan had no input, since it was primarily a matter of presentation rather than content. I've always believed that design is an important part of the total effect of a work, so I came up with new designs based on the existing iconography. The main hands-on part of the work was the digitally remastered coloring, which was handled by original colorist John Higgins.B&N.com: What's it like working with Moore? DG: Alan and I have always had a friendly and enjoyable working relationship and it's never less than fun. Challenging and hard work, but still fun! Alan is a very giving and perceptive collaborator, always tailoring his scripts to the strengths of his artists. B&N.com: Watchmen was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels of all time; most notably, it was the only graphic novel on the list. What was your reaction when you heard the news? DG: Surprised but flattered! B&N.com: A long-planned film version of Watchmen has been delayed yet again. Are you in favor of a film version being made?DG: I don't think it's necessary. The book is the true work. I'd be interested to see a movie of it. Maybe delighted, maybe horrified, but interested. It's out of our hands, anyway.B&N.com: Why do you think there's been such a large "British Invasion" of American comics over the years? DG: I think that we Brits have the same familiarity with the characters and concepts as our American cousins, but a whole set of divergent cultural attitudes that enable us to bring a slightly skewed and fresh feel to it. B&N.com: Comic book geeks worldwide have been clamoring for Watchmen action figures. Do you think they'll ever be made?DG: I have no idea. I'd quite like a set, myself. But then, I'm nothing if not a fan-boy! B&N.com: Do you see any similarities between the fictional world you and Moore created, and today's real world? DG: We were not aiming to be prophetic, just analytical. I've seen a few electric cars, and Asian food seems ever more popular, but as yet, no blue supermen or popular pirate comics!B&N.com: What's your next project? DG: I'm enjoying myself deep in the heart of the DC Comics Universe at the moment, working on their science fiction characters, particularly the Green Lantern Corps. I'm also writing a series that's being drawn by John Higgins, called Thunderbolt Jaxon. It's a revival of a great old British comic character.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2005

    Recently Voted one of the top 100 works of LIT

    over the last 80 years, by Time Magazine. For once, they are right. You should buy this book.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

    Awesome Story - Caution, Picture isn't correct though

    Watchmen is simply one of the best stories ever told in comics.<BR/><BR/>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.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    Who Watches The Watchmen?

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    WATCHMEN

    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.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2008

    Someone needs to watch over the Watchmen

    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.

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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