Watchmen

Alan Moore
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.

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Reviewed: 2020-05-21
comicbookgirl19's online reading group was the pivotal pretext of finally taking up this canonical alan moore masterpiece. bah, now i feel hopelessly conventional. i've loved reading *the league of extraordinary gentlemen*, *from hell* and *v for vendetta*, but it's super easy to see why *watchmen* is perhaps the most beloved alan moore's work. structurally, it's the most consistent and sound. the generic, thematic and political concerns and their design are more formally precise and economical. moore and dave gibbons are obsessed with pushing pop cultural dialogue to what really matters here demonstrated as the conspicuous arrangement of ideas. reading this in disney's box-office-shattering *black panther* historical moment, i really wanted to spend time with the tremendous and terrifying ethical problem of the sovereign fantasy. i love and understand the black preoccupation with this sovereign fantasy, but moore's canonical intervention firmly places that love in question. it's maybe the wrong kind of love, or love as hate, thin line. ethics despises the fleshly reality of the world, longs to bring sword to knot. even if it hadn't been dreamt by white men in the 1960s, wakanda would be as fraught as the enlightenment's delicate balance above the hated worldly mess of it all, a fantasy we would always need to turn our brain (soul and heart) off to enjoy. moore and gibbons seriously sit down and imagine how fucked it would be if superheroes actually existed. that mere move has permanently altered comicbookery (and related commodifiable mass media): the mutant registration act, the sokovia accords, etc. to this day this remains a thought worth thinking, as with the meteoric surge of popular escape through unkillable avatars. why is sovereignty always deadly?
Reviewed: 2019-01-12
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Reviewed: 2018-10-06
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