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Watchmen

By Alan Moore

(210)

| Paperback | 9781852860240

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Has any comic been as lauded as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen? Possibly only Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns but Watchmen remains the critics' favourite. Why? Because Moore is a better writer, and Watchmen a more complex and dark and l Continue

Has any comic been as lauded as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen? Possibly only Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns but Watchmen remains the critics' favourite. Why? Because Moore is a better writer, and Watchmen a more complex and dark and literate creation than Miller's fantastic, subversive take on the Batman myth. Moore, renowned for many other of the genre's finest creations (Saga of the Swamp Thing, V for Vendetta, and recently From Hell, with Eddie Campbell) first put out Watchmen in 12 issues for DC in 1986-87. It won a comic award at the time (the 1987 Jack Kirby Comics Industry Awards for Best Writer/Artist combination) and has continued to garner praise since.

The story concerns a group called the Crimebusters and a plot to kill and discredit them. Moore's characterisation is as sophisticated as any novel's. Importantly the costumes do not get in the way of the storytelling, rather they allow Moore to investigate issues of power and control--indeed it was Watchmen, and to a lesser extent Dark Knight, that propelled the comic genre forward, making "adult" comics a reality. The artwork of Gibbons (best known for 2000AD's Rogue Trooper and DC's Green Lantern) is very fine too, echoing Moore's paranoid mood perfectly throughout. Packed with symbolism, some of the overlying themes (arms control, nuclear threat, vigilantes) have dated but the intelligent social and political commentary, the structure of the story itself, its intertextuality (chapters appended with excerpts from other "works" and "studies" on Moore's characters, or with excerpts from another comic book being read by a child within the story), the fine pace of the writing and its humanity mean that Watchmen more than stands up--it retains its crown as the best the genre has yet produced. --Mark Thwaite

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    La historia no convence

    Sí, los personajes están perfilados y con brillo. Eso no se discute. Pero la historia que cuenta es previsible, y clásica. Vale que este comic tiene sus años, pero ahora leido es del montón

    Sobrevalorada.

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    dloco said on Jul 12, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Ahora que me estoy aficionando a la novela gráfica, me ha encantado cómo está contada la historia, el cuento intercalado de piratas, la línea argumentativa, la calidad del dibujo espectacular y que no sea una típica historia de superhéroes.

    Si tuvie ...(continue)

    Ahora que me estoy aficionando a la novela gráfica, me ha encantado cómo está contada la historia, el cuento intercalado de piratas, la línea argumentativa, la calidad del dibujo espectacular y que no sea una típica historia de superhéroes.

    Si tuviera que ponerle un pero, sería el final. Esperaba algo más apoteósico y no algo que me dejó que ni fu ni fa, lo veo un tanto forzado después de toda la historia que se ha contado. Aún así, lectura recomendadísima.

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    Raúl said on Jun 10, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Semplicemente la più grande storia a fumetti mai scritta. E, a mio parere, uno dei più grandi romanzi del '900.

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    Filo said on May 20, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Bellissima opera che, a mio avviso giustamente, negli USA si studia a scuola.

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    el Mariachi said on May 9, 2014 | Add your feedback

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