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.
By Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
DC Comics 1995