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DC Comics Essentials: Watchmen #1 PDF, ePub eBook Here is the first chapter from WATCHMEN, Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel that is considered the benchmark by which all other comics have been judged. Studied on college campuses across the nation, WATCHMEN is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as V FOR VENDETTA, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and THE SANDMAN series. WATCHMEN is one Here is the first chapter from WATCHMEN, Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel that is considered the benchmark by which all other comics have been judged. Studied on college campuses across the nation, WATCHMEN is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as V FOR VENDETTA, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and THE SANDMAN series. WATCHMEN is one of the titles featured in the DC ENTERTAINMENT ESSENTIAL GRAPHIC NOVELS AND CHRONOLOGY 2014 catalog. Inside is an expansive look at our rich backlist collection created by the best writers and illustrators in the industry. This catalog can be used as an important resource for new fans seeking a starting point, as well as a look back at our impressive backlist for the most fervent DCE enthusiasts.

30 review for DC Comics Essentials: Watchmen #1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Someone recommended reading THE WATCHMEN to me because I was told it was one of the best out there. After reading the first issue, I now know why. The illustrations were a bit outdated, but I didn't really mind. I'm more curious as to what happened to the Comedian and why this person thinks someone was out there, killing these retired masked heroes. From the first page, you immediately know that this series would have a dark theme. I've only read the first issue, but I could already tell, I would Someone recommended reading THE WATCHMEN to me because I was told it was one of the best out there. After reading the first issue, I now know why. The illustrations were a bit outdated, but I didn't really mind. I'm more curious as to what happened to the Comedian and why this person thinks someone was out there, killing these retired masked heroes. From the first page, you immediately know that this series would have a dark theme. I've only read the first issue, but I could already tell, I would not recommend this to younger readers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    This is one of the best comic book series I've read. The story is well written and intriguing just what you expect from Alan Moore works. I also loved the graphic. Amazing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Unknown

    Great starting ..

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Great start, the story is compelling from the very first page and the archaic art-style is beautifully congruent to the story line. I enjoyed my first meeting and impression of the main characters. The different watchmen and masked heroes are solid figures with distinguished features from the very first issues. I am especially impressed by the formatting and scenography, which are often overlooked in this media, that add depth to the narration. Especially how the opening and closing page are cycli Great start, the story is compelling from the very first page and the archaic art-style is beautifully congruent to the story line. I enjoyed my first meeting and impression of the main characters. The different watchmen and masked heroes are solid figures with distinguished features from the very first issues. I am especially impressed by the formatting and scenography, which are often overlooked in this media, that add depth to the narration. Especially how the opening and closing page are cyclical and artistically linked.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aya

    I think it's obvious that the starting point is: the comedian is dead.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ruta S. Acar

    "Why does one death matter against so many? Because there is good and there is evil, and evil must be punished. Even in the face of armageddon I shall not compromise in this. But there are so many deserving of retribution . . . and there is so little time." (Page 24)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Victor

    You can't judge a comic by the same standards as a novel but what if it cheats and half of it is a novel?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vikas

    Ever since I have seen the movie, I have been obsessed with the series. I know it's a wrong order for me but this masterwork was not known to me because graphic novels were not big buzz words for me till then. Now its different. So this kicks off the 12 part series Watchmen. May be I would be able to watch Ultimate Edition of movie. This starts with the murder of Comedian and start of Night owl. Let's see what do we have in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sunny

    Until now, I hadn't understood how much detail these pictures would add to the story. If this book DIDN'T have graphics, it would have had to be REALLY long to describe so much detail. And I love the autobiography excerpts at the end. I didn't expect that format in this book. Full review HERE.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    The one that started it all ... the comedian is dead ... Rorschach is alive ... "They will look up and shout, 'save me'. And I'll whisper, '..No..'" ... Who watches the Watchmen?

  11. 4 out of 5

    توفيق عبد الرحيم

    the beginning of another great work by the great alan moore

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rees Malwin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ive decided to separate these books per chapter to get a little bit of more of an outcome, were I to write about Watchmen after fully completing it. We learn some things from the comic-format of Chapter I; meet some of our Principle Characters: A mysterious, ink-blotted masked person, respectively coined Rorschach, witnessing and visiting the murder scene of a man he knew, Edward Blake (The Comedian), with some secrets. He wants to figure out who did this, which is a—if not THE—primary plot line Ive decided to separate these books per chapter to get a little bit of more of an outcome, were I to write about Watchmen after fully completing it. We learn some things from the comic-format of Chapter I; meet some of our Principle Characters: A mysterious, ink-blotted masked person, respectively coined Rorschach, witnessing and visiting the murder scene of a man he knew, Edward Blake (The Comedian), with some secrets. He wants to figure out who did this, which is a—if not THE—primary plot line throughout. We meet two detectives, currently unnamed, who know and suspect Rorschach in involvement. The Keene Act is brought up, which we’ll delve deep into, but in later chapters. Another important plot line is the story of the Keene Act. We know Rorschach has connections to Edward Blake, that being they are in a squad of a currently defunct superhero group. Then we met Hollis Mason and Danny Last-Name-to-Be-Determined in a bar, having good ole’ times. Getting home from the night out, Danny opens his apartment door to the sight of Rorschach. Therefore, Hollis and Danny are also part of the defunct squad. Then we meet another member, Adrian Veidt, whom shows not to be too fond to Hollis Mason, due to a past scandal (or two). Then, breaking in to the Rockefeller Military Research Center, he stops by to say hello to the only two squad members remaining: Dr. Manhattan, a large, blue, glowing naked man—either a hologram, a cyborg, or... well, a giant-ass Smurf, with the capabilities of teleporting people, specifically Rorschach when Laurie’s had enough of his unannounced drop ins. We learn something shocking here as well: Hollis Mason has written an autobiography, or memoir; and in this memoir are recalling of Edward Blake’s past, including the fact that the Comedian (remember, the COMEDIAN - EDWARD BLAKE) raped a woman. Her name hasn’t been told to us yet. Stressed and upset, Dr. Manhattan tells Laurie she should call up an old friend. Maybe... Danny-boy, Hollis Mason’s close friend? But it’s cool. They have drinks together. Laugh about ‘work-related’ things, laugh at deaths and lament theirselves over it, only to continue laughing. We are left with the first two chapters of ‘Under the Hood’, Hollis Mason’s aforementioned autobiography-memoir-whatever. We learn about a role model in his life growing up: his dad’s boss—who’s dressed up all femme to make some laughs one day, only to end up crying out (in costume) about how his wife had cheated and left him for the head engineer of the boss’s company. Hollis just happened to be there that day; and calm, cool, collective, walked into his office and blew his brains out. Sad, but—just as Titanic’s captain or some sex-worker eagle-spread for the first time might say—really, just the tip. Hollis was part of the police for a while, and on occasion stumbled across articles of sightings of some ‘Hooded Vigilante’, protecting the town like a superhero. Oh, and Hollis develops a taste for comic books... Hmm... Seems familiar, for some reason... and the hooded superhero and comic books push him into becoming the town’s second superhero. The parallels, the setup, the overall interest and use of documents between chapters is unconventional in such a subtle way. It’s a start truly like no other. Plus, the hidden messages—which there’s a lot of—in the background of so many pictures throughout the comic.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kai Murphy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” has been acclaimed by audiences and critics for more than thirty years. It was revolutionary to the comic book world for its gritty realism and satirical view on super heroism, leading to that era for superhero films in the early 2000’s that essentially copied and pasted that aspect from the Watchmen. It was praised by the New York Times, it won the Eisner and Hugo award, and it was ranked in the top 100 best English-language novels of all time. Fans alike claim that it i Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” has been acclaimed by audiences and critics for more than thirty years. It was revolutionary to the comic book world for its gritty realism and satirical view on super heroism, leading to that era for superhero films in the early 2000’s that essentially copied and pasted that aspect from the Watchmen. It was praised by the New York Times, it won the Eisner and Hugo award, and it was ranked in the top 100 best English-language novels of all time. Fans alike claim that it is the greatest graphic novel ever written, and that is a more than valid opinion. What makes the Watchmen so great is the artistic liberties and work of satire that Alan Moore applies to this book. Watchmen is a satire, and the best way to explain satire is to compare it to its cousin, parody. Both essentially mock the genre that they are trying to portray. Parody pokes fun at a genre while also showing a deep admiration for the genre that they are trying to portray, whereas satire tries to proof that the genre is completely and fundamentally broken. Watchmen is a satire on superhero society. Watchmen tries to prove that if superheroes existed in the real world, they would not work. Moore applies this through mainly through the characters Doctor Manhattan. Doctor Manhattan is a blue, glowing, omnipotent super-being with the power to decimate countries. This is a direct allusion to DC’s Superman. Through Dr. Manhattans character, he is saying that in the real world if anyone was all-powerful and all-knowing like Dr. Manhattan and Superman, they would become extremely bored with life. This is because if one is all powerful than every activity is so easy for them that they essentially have no point of living anymore. It is this dark sense of realism that makes the watchmen so great.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Billie Walls

    This is a book I think any comic fan needs to at least skim through, the book isn't like any of the popular current marvel comics and films its dark and gritty and follows a odd cast of characters. Their like a parody of the usual neat and clean superheroes as characters like Rorschach are violent, brutal and has a eye for an eye view. The story is dark and entertaining and the character development is well done overall the book is a good change from other superhero books and I definitely recomm This is a book I think any comic fan needs to at least skim through, the book isn't like any of the popular current marvel comics and films its dark and gritty and follows a odd cast of characters. Their like a parody of the usual neat and clean superheroes as characters like Rorschach are violent, brutal and has a eye for an eye view. The story is dark and entertaining and the character development is well done overall the book is a good change from other superhero books and I definitely recommend it. 9.5/10

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shibin k

    "Why does one death matter against so many? Because there is good and there is evil, and evil must be punished. Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise in this. But there are so many deserving of retribution . . . and there is so little time" ~Rorschach This is my attempt to read the classic comics that made the genre what it is today and i picked up the best one to start with, Alan Moore is an amazing creator and i can't wait to pick the next one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Hope

    Already really dark and interesting. The protagonist (Rorschach) is a great narrator and it was so fun seeing all of the characters and what they are doing after retirement. ***summary*** A pact has banned vililantes (except government sanctioned ones; Dr Manhattan and The Comedian) and so many have retired (besides Rorschach). The Comedian has been murdered and Rorshach thinks that its a plot to kill the masked heroes. He goes to warn all of his old allies.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    fuck this fucking book and fuck alan moore oh my fucking g*d the most unsympathetic and the most fake deep characters & writing i've ever seen like for example you're going to tell us everything wrong with the comedian and then try to show him as some sort of hero? go fuck yourself

  18. 4 out of 5

    MartinezRdg DeltresGym

    Totally action-packed

  19. 4 out of 5

    JetsFan

    awesome !!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mutant

    The watchmen is extremely well edited, character driven, wonderfull and plod driven. I need more of this and love it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Inuterovip

    Wonderful

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Getty

    Classic that I finally got around to reading. I'll probably read it 10 more times before I die.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Diaz-Sosa

    has good story

  24. 4 out of 5

    Honora Quinn

    Very interesting

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chantelle

    Tremendously good read I barrowed my first copy at the library years ago found it excitingly moving to read and thrilling.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Fede Casillas

    It might be a classic, but I like Batman graphic novels more. If you are attracted to graphic novels, i guess this one is a must. I can’t deny its a great book, i just didn’t loved it that much. Why four stars then? Because even if I didn’t loved it, I can appreciate its quality.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ortiz NTN aiv7yuj

    This book is so amazing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jake Blankenship

    I believe it was a good first part to series watch men

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Adams

    Great story, in-depth and intriguing. Good solid story with beautifully drawn art.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Thyson W

    I won’t bother with a huge paragraph of a review because everything good about this book has already been said. All I will ever say is that I’m utterly in love with it.

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