Alan Moore’s Watchmen graphic novels have been the subject of much scrutiny since their release in serial form from 1986 to 1987. The DC published series had much political and social relevance in the time that they were published and often still can be said to reflect society and politics today, as well as differing greatly to the typical superhero mould readers are often given.
Readers are given the story of a second-generation superhero group made up of The Comedian, Nite Owl II, Silk Spectre II, Rorschach, Ozymandias and Dr. Manhattan who have come together to investigate the anonymous killings of ex-superheroes including that of The Comedian, the death of whom the novel opens with, showing that these heroes are only slightly safer than any other person.
“And so begins the literary tour de force called Watchmen, a profound study of the various notions of power which permeate our world’s political and social structures and in fact our entire history. With a sense of grand design and depth of characterization to emulate War and Peace or any literary classic for that matter, there was another major Moore punch to the stomach of critics and readers, friends and enemies: Watchmen is a comic and perhaps because of its magnum opus size and depth one of the first works where the new coining “graphic novel” was applied to.” (Vylenz)
Taking place in New York City in a familiar, but note quite the same version of our world, the novel contains a myriad of superheroes; but they