Watchmen

If you’re like me, reading superhero tales, there is also that nagging, logical question in the back of your mind — just why are these particular men and women driven to put on costumes and become, for all intents and purposes, vigilantes? There’s a reason people didn’t trust Batman when he first roamed the streets of Gotham — who was he to judge who was right and who was wrong? Superman may have a noble and undeniable calling, but many of these figures, Batman perhaps the most darkly conflicted, have other, more human reasons for what they do. Watchmen, full of superheroes of the same breed as Superman, Spiderman, and Wonder Woman, explores all the complicated answers provoked by these questions. In its pages, not only do we find a little superhero in ourselves, but also find the humanity, flawed or noble, in the heroes elevated above us.

Watchmen
ISBN: 9781401219260
By Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
DC Comics 1995

2 comments for “Watchmen

  1. Valerie
    December 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Can you tell me if you’d suggest this for a 16 yo girl? She has not been exposed to lots of things so I’m trying to figure out what graphic novels are good for her – no graphic sexual scenes or over exposure to dark subjects. I’m fine with her ‘thinking’ – being exposed to weighty subjects, just not over exposure.

    • Robin
      December 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Hello Valerie!

      I would say no, from what info you’ve given me here. Watchmen was originally written for adults, not for teens, and thus has some significant mature content, including nudity (full frontal), explicit violence, and dark ideas. It’s all appropriate to the story being told, and to the original audience it was intended for, but if she’s a sixteen year old who doesn’t want graphic sexuality or violence, Watchmen will not be for her.

      This is, I admit, one of the very first reviews ever written for this site, when the site featured more capsule, book-talk style reviews. Thanks for reminding me we need to update these older reviews to include more, well, review!

      IF you tell me some more about what you might be looking for, I’m sure we can point you to other titles that are more to her taste!

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