I finally read: Watchmen

I finally read: Watchmen

I bit behind on my posts.  Since I finished Watchmen a month or so back, I’ve loaned it out and back to about six different people.

This is one of Time’s Top 100 Novels for a reason.  Written back in 1986, this is the comic ‘blamed’ for dark comic stories.  This had the raving Conspiracy Theorist before they were popular.  A world without heroes when Batman still wore Blue and Gray.  An alternate Cold War history changed by the concept of heroes now long retired.  Watchmen is a story about people and their faults as much as the overall plot.

The cast of characters is both deep and interesting.  You may not like some of them, but they are not designed to be liked.  For each great, heroic characteristic, they have an equally great flaw.  This combines with a strong overall plot that has both over the top action and romance, and down to earth stories of a newsstand owner and the kid who freeloads comics off of him.

The art style is initially a little off putting just because it is so old.  Still, the plot is best as a comic book (and now a comic book movie).  Also, as the novel progresses the art direction finds its pace and improves.  Or I just got used to it.

I strongly recommend Watchmen to to just about anyone.  It is a mystery story with a unique setting, unique characters, unique plot.