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Once Upon A Bookshelf

Where Fiction and Reality Meet


Author: Alan Moore
Illustrator/Letterer: Dave Gibbons
Colourist: John Higgins
Originally Pubished: 1986-1987
Courtney’s Edition: 2005
Source: Borrowed from a friend

The Story

One of the most iconic comic series to date, a series that helped set the standards of graphic novels as a medium to be taken seriously by the general public, The Watchmen tells the story of a group of masked heroes in the mid-eighties in an alternate universe USA.

And I don’t even know how to start talking about what Watchmen is about, so if you have no idea, rent the movie. Or read this article on Wikipedia.

The Response

Okay. So, this is supposed to be great. Fabulous. All that stuff. It’s got critical acclaim, and any number of comic book fans would tell me that it’s the greatest thing ever…

But this was a little smidgeon boring. Actually, it was all kinds of extremely boring.

I couldn’t get into it at all.

I loved the movie based on this graphic novel so much. So so SO much. Loved the story, loved the cinematography, loved it all. And so many people say that it was such an awesome adaptation of the book – but if I had read the book first, I would not have wanted to see the movie. Yes, I saw how they kept most of it so true to the novel, to the point where you could have a screencap and compare it to a panel in the graphic novel, and it would be almost exactly the same, and that was cool. But it wasn’t enough to get me really really super excited about actually reading the book.

The characters? Yes, it’s realistic in that they all have major issues, and none of them are the perfect hero, blah blah blah, but oh gosh, NONE of them are likable. Or even empathizable. You’ve got the psycho, the super-smart genius who only relates to Alexander the Great (even though I have an historical crush on Alexander the Great, this did not endear him to me), the guy who underwent so much radiation that he turned blue and waltzes around naked all the time, a really boring dude, and some chick that a bunch of people are in love with. And they’re all main characters and they’re all not likable. And I’m sure if the Comedian, Hollis and what’s-her-name’s mother had more page-time, they would’ve been just as bad.

And so now I’m wondering why I liked the movie so much. I think it was the effects and the cinematography and some other stuff that distracted me from the characters.

The Bottom Line

Meh. Not really caring too much about this book on a whole. Perhaps too hyped up. Need to move on to other more exciting reading materials.

Other Reviews

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Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 5:36 pm July 27, 2010.
Category: Speculative Fiction
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  • Nicola Manning

    Ah, I loved this! I’m partial to superhero comics though. I also liked the 80’s cold war setting. So two thing going for me to start with. I still haven’t seen the movie; I’m afraid it will ruin the book for me (LOL).