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Watchmen Noir

Watchmen in Black and White... 

(minor spoilers if you haven't read Doomsday Clock) 

It's about time I wrote a little something about a graphic novel that made waves, not only in my life but also in the entire comic book world back in the day: Watchmen! If you're not familiar with the graphic novel or the comic book genre, here's a brief overview: Watchmen was written by Alan Moore, the legend behind swamp thing, V for Vendetta and From Hell, and Dave Gibbons, the Illustrator who did Rogue Trooper and The Originals. It was originally published in 1986 and has since become a classic. 

Watchmen hardcover

When I was a kid who would only read spider-man, I didn't grasp Watchmen. They weren't proper superheroes, I thought. This is because this isn't meant for kids. 

Art from Watchmen hardcover

Just in case you haven't seen the film; the Watchmen Universe is cynical and quite realistic, and the setting of a story following a group of retired superheroes, who; are brought back together to investigate the murder of one of their own! Along the way, they uncover a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the world as they know it.

Watchmen hardcover art

Watchmen Noir is only one of the many versions of Watchmen graphic novels on the market. 'Before Watchmen' came out, a prequel set of comics that telling the origins and backstories—the reviews weren't great, I never bothered to collect them! 

Watchmen hardcover showing fictional advertisement

Watchmen Noir is a lovely hardcover, black and white edition, that does retain the very noir detective feel it wants. The story was a pleasure to initially read. However, without 
colour, I got confused once or twice with minor visual references to the plot. Watchmen is a page turner, the intrigue saturates its many characters; combine that with the heavy hardcover format, it brings substance everytime you hold its hard-edged spine.

Watchmen hardcover art work

The film version closely recreates numerous iconic images and panels from the graphic novel, but it goes its own way with other areas such as its different ending, slightly different characters but the graphic novel holds it's own with that dark atmosphere and feeling of threat. 

Watchmen hardcover art work

I was so excited with the big HBO Watchmen Show they announced years ago. All the right words like 'critically acclaimed' were said so I watched it and I was totally confused. It served as a sequel to the original comic, but the doomsday clock is the sequal to the original comic—and it was a hundred times better in my opinion! 

Watchmen hardcover art work of owl man

Doomsday clock was the cherry on this cake. It was great to see the Flash, Batman and Superman, part of something with the likes of Dr Manhattan, Rorschach and Ozymandias.

Doomsday clock comic book

The TV show was very disappointing after reading these graphic novels. Watchmen totally revitalised DC comics, touching on almost every publication in the DC rebirth. 

Watchmen movie poster

If you're want get into graphic novels check out Watchmen. It's a great starting point, if you like it, try on DC rebirth or DC Black Label if you don't want to commit to the canon. If that's not your thing, explore non-superhero stuff like Preacher, Transmetropolitan, Maus or manga. 

 

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