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... read more
A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed Superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight.... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed Superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has actual powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity... but who is watching the watchmen?
“I shall go and tell the indestructible man that someone plans to murder him.”Rorschach
“The city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face.”Rorschach
“Come...dry your eyes, for you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly.”Dr. Manhattan
“In the end? Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.”Dr. Manhattan
“Who watches the watchmen?”
“No. Not even in the face of Armageddon. Never compromise.”Rorschach
“We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. Yet seen from another's vantage point, as if new, it may still take the breath away.”Dr. Manhattan
“A world grows up around me. Am I shaping it, or do its predetermined contours guide my hand?”Dr. Manhattan
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes. Who watches the Watchmen?”
“"None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with you. You're locked up in here with me."~Alan Mooreair pump”
“<Chapter 2, p.1> 'Aw, willya look at her? Pretty as a picture an' still keepin' her figure!' 'So, honey, what brings you to the city of the dead?'”Old Lady Jupiter
“<Chapter 2, p.1> Jon's at some funeral I didn't feel like attending, so he transported me here, to California. I just got through throwing up in the ladies' room.”Laurie Jupiter
“<Chapter 2, p.1> Jon had to go. Protocol. They made him put clothes on and everything.”Laurie Jupiter
“<Chapter 2, p.1> I can still read. I saw in the paper he got murdered. I guess he finally reached the punchline, huh?”Old Lady Jupiter
“<Chapter 2, p.1> Laurie, you're young, you don't know. Things change. What happened, happened forty years ago...It's history.”Old Lady Jupiter
“<Chapter 2, p.3> He said he'd bury us. Y'see, that was Eddie, always talkin' like he was on top of it, like it was never going to happen to him...He was The Comedian. He always thought he'd get the last laugh.”Old Lady Jupiter
“<Chapter 2, p.13> Listen...Once you figure out what a joke everything is, being the Comedian's the only thing makes sense.”The Comedian
“Thermodynamic miracles . . . events with odds so astronomical they're effectively impossible, like oxygen spontaneously becoming gold. I long to observe such a thing. And yet, in each human coupling, a thousand million sperm vie for a single egg. Multiply those odds by countless generations, against the odds of your ancestors being alive; meeting; siring this precise son; that exact daughter. . . until your mother loves a man she has every reason to hate, and of that union, of the thousand million children competing for fertilization, it was you, only you, that emerged. To distill so specific a form from that chaos of improbability, like turning air to gold . . . that is the crowning unlikelihood. The thermodynamic miracle.”Jon/ Dr. Manhattan
1. At Midnight, All The Agents...
2. Absent Friends
3. The Judge Of All The Earth
5. Fearful Symmetry
6. The Abyss Gazes Also
7. A Brother To Dragons
8. Old Ghosts
9. The Darkness Of Mere Being
10. Two Riders Were Approaching...
11. Look On My Works, Ye Mighty...
12. A Stronger Loving World
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