Next Up: Watchmen
A comic book, huh?
This is the fourth novel of the current series of five books you guys picked for me to read. And, with this one, I just don’t know what to think.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a comic book. Probably 25 years. And by the way, just saying that makes me feel old. It’s hard to believe I could be doing anything 25 years ago, much less reading.
Anyway, I’ve got nothing against adults who read comics, but it’s just something I lost interest in early on in life. With the exception of the NEW Batman movies, I’m not that impressed with superhero movies, either. So, obviously, I’m not DC Comics’ target demographic.
Ninety percent of superhero stories seem to be all around high-action, loads of special effects, and a predictable, shallow plot. That’s just my opinion.
But back to the matter at hand, Watchmen. It has been labeled a groundbreaking series of comics. The version I have is in graphic novel form, with all the comics put together in one book.
Honestly, I know zero about this graphic novel, but here’s what I’ve dug up in the last 10 minutes:
- Watchmen is a twelve issue limited comic book series, published during 1986 and 1987.
- The story was written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons.
- Watchmen was turned into a feature film in 2009.
- The premise of Watchmen is to examine what superheroes would look like in a real world in which everything is not so black and white, a la Superman.
- In 2008, Entertainment Weekly listed the novel as #13 out of their list of the best 50 novels published in the last 25 years.
What did Time say?
Watchmen is a graphic novel — a book-length comic book with ambitions above its station—starring a ragbag of bizarre, damaged, retired superheroes…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.
Entertainment Weekly had this to say about the novel: “The greatest superhero story ever told and proof that comics are capable of smart, emotionally resonant narratives worthy of the label literature.”
This comic basically revolutionized the world of superheroes. So as far as graphic novels go, Watchmen is supposed to be the creme de la creme.
But is it? If I lost interest in comics a long time ago, should I expect to be interested in this story?