The Deluxe Edition
DC Comics, Hardcover, 9781401238964, 448pp.
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
In an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history, the US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the cold war is in full effect. WATCHMEN begins as a murder-mystery, but soon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to a head, the unlikely group of reunited heroes--Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias--have to test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil.
In the mid-eighties, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created WATCHMEN, changing the course of comics' history and essentially remaking how popular culture perceived the genre. Popularly cited as the point where comics came of age, WATCHMEN's sophisticated take on superheroes has been universally acclaimed for its psychological depth and realism.
WATCHMEN is collected here in deluxe hardcover, with sketches, extra bonus material and a new introduction by series artist Dave Gibbons.
Dave Gibbons is is unquestionably best known for his work on the award-winning classic Watchmen, however he is also a celebrated writer, penning The Originals for Vertigo. one of 2000 AD 's most popular artists, having co-created Harlem Heroes and Rogue Trooper. He has also pencilled A.B.C. Warriors, Dan Dare, Judge Dredd, Mega-City One, Ro-Busters, Tharg the Mighty, Tharg's Future Shocks. Will Simpson's work beyond 2000 AD includes Aliens, Animal Man, Batman, Hellblazer, and his cocreated Vamps series at DC/Vertigo. For 200 AD he is the co-creator of Universal Soldier, and has also illustrated Judge Dredd, Future Shocks, Psi-Judge Anderson, Tyranny Rex and Witchworld.
"A work of ruthless psychological realism, it's a landmark in the graphic novel medium."—Time Magazine
"WATCHMEN is peerless."—Rolling Stone
"Remarkable ... the would-be heroes of WATCHMEN have staggeringly complex psychological profiles."—New York Times Book Review
"A masterwork representing the apex of artistry."—Entertainment Weekly
"The greatest piece of popular fiction ever produced."—LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof