by Alan Moore
Graphic Novel, 416 pages
(I stumbled upon a good-sized box filled with a variety of graphic novels at an estate sale. No official count as I've just been pulling from the box when I find time to read one.)
On the surface, "Watchmen" is a murder mystery. A small group of costumed heroes who have longtime retired and drifted apart are possibly being targeted. One already is chewing dirt and the others are reluctantly or otherwise sharing ideas, opinions, and...memories. However, the story digs deeper than just solving a mystery. Like why someone is compelled to create a costume and do what they do. The dynamics of time and friendships. The pull and push of a changing world. And as prevalent as the violence and danger that lies within, this is a love story as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed turning every page. Both the writing and artwork are stunning. The artwork, especially, is a MasterClass in a smooth telling flow. Here are a few tips for anyone new to graphic novel fandom. 1) Read slower and give pause to each artwork panel. 2) PUNCTUATION. Look for it. Respect it. 3) Enjoy the journey. (FWIW: "Watchmen" is the only graphic novel to make Time magazine’s 100 Greatest Books list.)
"I Am the Walrus" - Spooky Tooth / "The Last Puff" (1970)