Watchmen: The Absolute Edition

Watchmen: The Absolute Edition

by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons


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This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial bestseller, WATCHMEN has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as V FOR VENDETTA, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and THE SANDMAN series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401207137
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Edition description: REV
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 396,789
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 15.40(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Alan Moore is perhaps the most acclaimed writer in the graphic story medium, having garnered countless awards for works such as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing and Miracleman. He is also the mastermind behind the America's Best Comics line, through which he has created (along with many talented illustrators) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea, Tom Strong, Tomorrow Stories and Top Ten.


An Interview with Dave Gibbons

Barnes & The classic graphic novel Watchmen has just been reissued in an "Absolute" edition by DC Comics. How much input did you and Alan Moore have in the creation of Absolute Watchmen?

Dave Gibbons: Alan had no input, since it was primarily a matter of presentation rather than content. I've always believed that design is an important part of the total effect of a work, so I came up with new designs based on the existing iconography. The main hands-on part of the work was the digitally remastered coloring, which was handled by original colorist John Higgins.

B& What's it like working with Moore?

DG: Alan and I have always had a friendly and enjoyable working relationship and it's never less than fun. Challenging and hard work, but still fun! Alan is a very giving and perceptive collaborator, always tailoring his scripts to the strengths of his artists.

B& Watchmen was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels of all time; most notably, it was the only graphic novel on the list. What was your reaction when you heard the news?

DG: Surprised but flattered!

B& A long-planned film version of Watchmen has been delayed yet again. Are you in favor of a film version being made?

DG: I don't think it's necessary. The book is the true work. I'd be interested to see a movie of it. Maybe delighted, maybe horrified, but interested. It's out of our hands, anyway.

B& Why do you think there's been such a large "British Invasion" of American comics over the years?

DG: I think that we Brits have the same familiarity with the characters and concepts as our American cousins, but a whole set of divergent cultural attitudes that enable us to bring a slightly skewed and fresh feel to it.

B& Comic book geeks worldwide have been clamoring for Watchmen action figures. Do you think they'll ever be made?

DG: I have no idea. I'd quite like a set, myself. But then, I'm nothing if not a fan-boy!

B& Do you see any similarities between the fictional world you and Moore created, and today's real world?

DG: We were not aiming to be prophetic, just analytical. I've seen a few electric cars, and Asian food seems ever more popular, but as yet, no blue supermen or popular pirate comics!

B& What's your next project?

DG: I'm enjoying myself deep in the heart of the DC Comics Universe at the moment, working on their science fiction characters, particularly the Green Lantern Corps. I'm also writing a series that's being drawn by John Higgins, called Thunderbolt Jaxon. It's a revival of a great old British comic character.

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Watchmen: The Absolute Edition 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
celicynd More than 1 year ago
Watchmen is simply one of the best stories ever told in comics.

Please be cautious ordering though, as the image is not correct. The slipcase does NOT have the bloodied smiley on it, it has the yellow doomsday clock on it (with the hands in the position of the blood smear on the smiley). I believe the smiley was only the first edition of the book and this is the 4th printing. I was actually someone disappointed with the cover, since I was expecting the other one, but the rest of the book is so well made (the paper stock is amazingly heavy), I forgive the change.
rtylerragan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book completely destroys the term comic book. It is a graphic novel, digging way deeper into the lives of the characters than most actual novels do. It is a very rewarding read that gets more interesting with every page. If you think you are too mature for a super hero story you are wrong. Read this.
DoubleL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is another one of moore's that's tough to review briefly. so much has been said about it. the watchmen is a literary ride like nothing else i've ever read. comic book or normal book or whatever. even if you're not into super heroes, the questions this book raises about morality and humanity are astonishing. anyone who likes reading good writting can read this book. i wish i had a watchmen theory group i could get together with once a month and dork out.
MeditationesMartini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When you go to sleep thinking about a book and wake up still thinking about a book, AND it lets you recapture that quiet, late-night, silent precocious-child imagination book-wonder, quit the cataloguing and FEEL it--AND there's like three rad twist endings--then that's really something. I think from now on instead of my small-type feelings and opinions, I'm gonna record a passage in the book that I think was a best--but I'll leave this blurb, because I think it explains why. Finished (not the first time)
stipe168 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
sweeping, wonderful story. really makes you feel that superheroes are among us. reads like fine literature, but has pictures to go with it! SO much to read here, so many entertaning things. Between the chapters there are little side-snippets about what's happening in the character's lives/world, and these are probably the most entertaining parts of the story.
ericaustinlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An absolute classic. Highly recommended, and wonderfully written.
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took me well over a year to finish this book. No, I'm not joking. I started reading it the week before the movie came out, back in March 2009. I read about halfway through... and felt horrible. Not about myself, but I started to get this sinking sensation about the world, the universe, about life, and I realized... the Watchmen story is SO DEPRESSING that it was affecting me and my outlook. I also think I was in a bit of a dark place going into the book, so it wasn't the right choice at the time.So I set the book aside, and didn't come back to it until a few weeks ago. I hadn't meant to wait so long before picking it up again, but you know how life gets when there are a million books to read...I finished the book without issue, and I have to say -- it's brilliant. The ending is so fantastic, so unexpected, so bleak, and so depressing that I can't help but continue to reflect on it time and time again. This is not a happy story. There's nothing uplifting about it. You will not come away from this thinking "well, that was jolly good, let's go for ice cream!". But it will make you think, ache, and respond in whatever way you can -- and ultimately, that's what matters.
KevlarRelic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is not only the best graphic novel ever made, it is also the best fiction story I have ever read, period.There are layers of meaning to be explored, secrets that you only notice with repeat readings, and an overarching commentary on the human race.Read this book. If you have already read it, read it again.
the_terrible_trivium on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As good as any "real" novel I've read, just about. Dense and fascinating.
bezoar44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There's no question that this work shows incredibly careful construction and great artistic skill. The multiple story lines are complex, and the series pulls off difficult narrative techniques -- story within story; sustained irony; chronological dislocation. The craft of this work is a wonder.On the other hand, the worldview is deeply disturbing -- anti-humanist, even nihilistic. No heroic characters survive; even the sympathetic surviving characters are essentially cowards. Most characters are deeply flawed and unredeemed, and unredeemable within the logic of the story. The plot appears to endorse a 'means justify the end' philosophy, except that it doesn't even do that, as a final plot twist makes clear. Perhaps it means to argue that the world will always be caught between merciless utilitarians, rebellious egoists, and determinist mechanical processes, and innocents will inevitably suffer as a result.What I found particularly repugnant about this book was the cynicism with which the author treats the reader. It's one thing to offer a bleak vision of a corrupted and unsalvageable world. It's another to construct a work so that the act of reading makes the reader complicit in fictional evils -- so that the sympathetic or cathartic impulses of the reader are twisted or crushed. There's no light at the end of the tunnel, or even a possibility that, if this comic is making a statement about our world, there ever can be. This work showcases abundant intelligence and talent, but it lacks wisdom.
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Nolan_Nargang More than 1 year ago
Watchmen was, and still is, an event graphic novel. There is an intense amount of detail that enriches the story, maticulous descriptive powers, an enormous sense of impact that keeps you gripping the book until you are done, and every character has a back story. This ground-breaking masterpiece weaves back and forth in time that leads to tell a story that is much bigger than just another super hero epic, creating a breath of fresh air in the graphic novel world. Watchmen delves deeper under the surface and shows you what goes on in the heroes' head and their thought processes. It becomes more of a psychological thriller in some points. The concept of creating a fictional storyline based on actual events is sort of dated, but Alan Moore definitely made it work and created a feel that didn't go stagnant after a few pages. Just to prove that Watchmen has made its mark where it belongs, the blood-splattered smiley face pin is one of the most iconic images in the grapic novel world. Not to mention that it is listed as Time Magazines' 100 Most Greatest English-Language Novels of the 20th Century. On top of the in-depth thriller, Zach Snyder directed his interpretation of the the masterpiece and created an event film to match it. I'm not just writing a kiss-ass review because of the film and that it got so much hype, I'm writing a great review for a great piece of literature that will be read time and time again. Its a great read and it also stimulates conversation, believe it or not. Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it. And make sure you clear off a spot in your permanent collection.
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