Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, is a critically acclaimed graphic novel that creates an alternate history where super heroes appear and help the United States fight crimes and eventually wars.
Although, when the reader starts the book masked vigilantes have been forcefully retired by the Keene Act or work for the Government. We quickly find out that people in this alternate reality don’t like super heroes, and look down on them which is why the Keene Act was put into place during the Police strike.
But, when super heroes start to be killed off, starting with the Comedian, some of the retired superheroes come out of early retirement to get to the bottom of the ‘Masked Killer Theory’.
The book shows the struggles during the 1970’s, and the biggest fear for most everyday people was a nuclear war happening between the United States and the Soviets. Unknowingly to the general public, and the makes vigilantes, someone has a plan to put the world at peace.
But, at what cost?
It’s an interesting take on the super hero story line, usually when superheroes are genetically altered humans/humanoids with powers or rich, young men looking for Justice. Most of the characters that are developed during the story are just regular people, who have a desire for to help clean the streets and help people.
The general public actually hates the masked vigilantes, which is a that interests me. All they are trying to do is help, but they’re seen more as a nuisance than the god sends that most are. Or they’re seen as a group of adults dressed in ridiculous costumes, and are laughed at.
Altogether, an amazing graphic novel. But, the ending did leave something to be desired for this Bookworm. What about you? What did you think of the ending? Let me know in the comments!