Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

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Watchmen is a graphic novel—a book-length comic book with ambitions above its station—starring a ragbag of bizarre, damaged, retired superheroes: the paunchy, melancholic Nite Owl; the raving doomsayer Rorschach; the blue, glowing, near-omnipotent, no-longer-human Doctor Manhattan. Though their heyday is past, these former crime-fighters are drawn back into action by the murder of a former teammate, The Comedian, which turns out to be the leading edge of a much wider, more disturbing conspiracy. Told with ruthless psychological realism, in fugal, overlapping plotlines and gorgeous, cinematic panels rich with repeating motifs, Watchmen is a heart-pounding, heartbreaking read and a watershed in the evolution of a young medium.—L.G.

- Time

The 393rd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 13th on The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)
  2. - 20th on 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Complex)
  3. - 55th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  4. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)
  5. - From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)
  6. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (UK))

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