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...Continua
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...
Con il passare del tempo alla (ri)letttura appaiono sempre piu' rimandi e simmetrie di costruzione, grafiche e narrative.
Un lavoro davvero notevolissimo ed inventivo - direi rivoluzionario per l'epoca - che rimane nel tempo.