Sunday, April 19, 2009

Review: Watchmen by Alan Moore

Watchmen by Alan Moore is pretty much the first graphic novel I've ever read... so I am obviously not much of an authority on the format but I will try to write a review anyway! I pretty much chose to read it because it sort of dominates the 'best graphic novel' list, plus the film was coming out and I found it at my library so I thought I'd give it a go.

For those who don't know; the story is interesting, it's very dark and gloomy. There are a group of character's who used to fight crime in costumes (they don't have super powers) but have mostly retired and the story switches between them as they start getting killed off and discredited.

The artwork is amazing and the writing is fantastic. It was very well done and I can definitely understand why it's received so much praise since its publication in '86. However, I didn't really love it - I think that superheroes just aren't my thing so the story was never really going to appeal to me.

I give Watchmen 3/5 stars. For an introduction to graphic novels for me, it was an okay start! I'm going to read Maus by Art Spiegelmen next.


  1. I love graphic novels but have never read Watchman! Although it does sound really good!

  2. Good review! :) Have you seen the movie yet?
    Also, Maus is an amazing graphic novel as well.
    It's awesome that you're branching out and trying different stuff.

  3. I really really enjoyed reading this graphic novel it was my second graphic novel :D I LOVED the artwork :) alan moore is a bit crazy though hehe but i still loved the story too :)

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