This is really the one that started it all. No, it was not the first comic series published as a "graphic novel" (a comic story intended to encompass a greater scope and depth than your typical 24-page superhero shoot-em-up) but it became the yardstick by which all others would be judged and it launched a trend in the comics industry whose influences are still felt today. What begins as a simple murder mystery surrounding the death of masked crime-fighter "the Comedian" (a particularly brutal, gun-toting vigilante) becomes a fable that encompasses not only the hopes and dreams of anyone who would ever put on a cape and mask in the hopes of making their world a better place, as well as a scathing anarchist allegory for unquestioning trust placed in authority figures. Add into this some of the most unforgettable characters ever committed to the comics page, and one of the most shocking endings anywhere (M. Night Shyamalan couldn't pull this off if his life depended on it), and you have a classic of the genre truly worthy of the name.
In this Hugo Award-winning graphic novel exceptional graphic artwork brings to life the story of the Watchmen as they race against time to find a killer, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Reissue.