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amdmiami September 1 2008 02:52 PM

Watchmen-The graphic novel
 
I've been meaning to read this but I want to know from you guys if it's any good.

Davros September 1 2008 03:13 PM

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amdmiami wrote: (Post 2015797)
I've been meaning to read this but I want to know from you guys if it's any good.

It is one of the best ever written.

Ben Sisko3 September 1 2008 04:37 PM

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Davros wrote: (Post 2015851)
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amdmiami wrote: (Post 2015797)
I've been meaning to read this but I want to know from you guys if it's any good.

It is one of the best ever written.

Seconded. It may, in fact, be THE best.

misskim86 September 1 2008 04:38 PM

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itunes has an animated watchmen but it's just the first comic or something. It's pretty neat though, voiced and all

Moocey September 1 2008 04:39 PM

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Get it. It's a great read.

The Old Mixer September 1 2008 04:41 PM

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Those guys don't know what they're talking about--it IS the best. I've heard of entire college courses being taught on just this comic. Take the plunge!

And I wholeheartedly recommend reading the book before seeing the movie. In this case, no matter how good, the movie can only be a pale reflection of a story that was told to perfection in its original medium.

Darth_Pinche September 1 2008 05:26 PM

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You HAVE to read it. Then wait a few months to chew on it, then read it again to really appreciate it.

davejames September 1 2008 05:26 PM

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I'm about halfway through it so far-- and yeah, it's pretty good. I was worried it was going to be a little too esoteric and impenetrable like some of Moore's other stuff, but it's actually been pretty easy to read.

Even the little "book excerpts" and other side stories have been cool to read (unlike whatever those things were in the LXG comics).

Davros September 1 2008 06:39 PM

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It may well be one of the best works of fiction to come out of the 1980s.

JNG September 1 2008 06:41 PM

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Ben Sisko3 wrote: (Post 2016040)
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Davros wrote: (Post 2015851)
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amdmiami wrote: (Post 2015797)
I've been meaning to read this but I want to know from you guys if it's any good.

It is one of the best ever written.

Seconded. It may, in fact, be THE best.

OBEY

Haytil September 1 2008 06:57 PM

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I thought it was slow and boring. I've yet to make it all the way through, and I've tried several times. Incredibly overrated.

I'd say it was pretentious, but it's not the comic so much as the reaction everyone has to it that could be qualified as such.

misskim86 September 1 2008 07:24 PM

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I like The Watchmen but stuff like Preacher, Sandman or Garth Ennis' Punisher is way better. Preacher is what got me into comics in the first place.

Bishbot September 1 2008 07:30 PM

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Haytil wrote: (Post 2016622)
I'd say it was pretentious, but it's not the comic so much as the reaction everyone has to it that could be qualified as such.

That or it really is just that good?

stj September 1 2008 07:52 PM

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After reading Promethea (reading at least one volume and skimming two others anyhow) or League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, I felt I had wasted my time. I didn't feel the same after reading Watchmen. It deserves to be taken seriously I think. Some of the raving does sound demented, true, but I hope it's hyperbolic.


The Old Mixer September 1 2008 11:58 PM

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That's all you got out of it? No symbolism, no subtext, no historical context?

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Plainly the sort of stuff that inspires terminal enthusiasm in a certain kind of young person.
And what about enthusiasm in mainstream critics and college professors? On the contrary, while I appreciated Watchmen a great deal when I first read it at the age of 17, I found that it grew and grew with subsequent readings over the years, particularly when I shared the book with others and we thoroughly discussed matters such as character motivations and symbolism. There are layers of depth in this book to be delved into.

I'm reminded of what Luthor tells Miss Tessmacher in Superman: "Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it's a simple adventure story."


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