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Watchmen

By Alan Moore

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| 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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    riletto a distanza di anni nella traduzione italiana, edizione edita da Repubblica per la sua collana a fumetti. nel processo di resa italiana, la storia perde molto, i dialoghi a tratti appesantiti da un ritmo lento e da espressioni poco curate. l'o ...(continue)

    riletto a distanza di anni nella traduzione italiana, edizione edita da Repubblica per la sua collana a fumetti. nel processo di resa italiana, la storia perde molto, i dialoghi a tratti appesantiti da un ritmo lento e da espressioni poco curate. l'opera di Moore rimane pur sempre un capolavoro per storia e personaggi, per i temi trattati, che sono quelli attuali dell'alienazione, dei conflitti interiori e dell'umanità. Moore rivoluziona il concetto di supereroe, lo destruttura, lo rielabora e ci mostra le debolezze, le crepe, le macchie. Watchmen merita di essere letto in lingua originale, coi dialoghi pensati in origine. tradotto non ha lo stesso peso e la stessa forza.

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    Thomas Anderson said on Sep 4, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Triste e bellissimo

    Il supereroe è inteso spesso (superficialmente) come un'entità al di sopra delle miserie umane. Questo splendido capolavoro ne evidenzia esattamente il contrario. Quattro stelle perchè il senso di malinconia ancora non mi abbandona...

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    Sarah Bonez said on Aug 28, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Muy bueno

    Me ha gustado mucho el dibujo, al verlo a simple vista (para mi que no he leído comics, no se cómo se le llama a este estilo) parece que es poco detallista... qué ignorante! Es espectacular, y mires donde mires hay algo, y está muy bien.
    La historia ...(continue)

    Me ha gustado mucho el dibujo, al verlo a simple vista (para mi que no he leído comics, no se cómo se le llama a este estilo) parece que es poco detallista... qué ignorante! Es espectacular, y mires donde mires hay algo, y está muy bien.
    La historia es buena y cómo la cuenta, entremezclando la historia de otro comic. Es una historia totalmente distinta a cualquier otra, de eso no hay duda.
    Lo único que no me ha gustado mucho es el final, algo complejo, supongo que ahí también hay algo... bueno no quiero meter spoilers.
    Sin duda lo releeré.

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    nete said on Aug 16, 2014 | Add your feedback

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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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