Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Watchmen

Author: Alan Moore

First line: Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach.

Why you should read this book: Quite possibly the finest and most influential graphic novel of all time, Alan Moore's masterpiece asks the questions, "What does it take to save humanity from itself, and who among us possesses the inhumanity to take action?" After its original publication, this book turned the industry upside-down with its tale of costumed superheroes and impending armageddon in world very much like our own. Spanning decades and generations, it is a story of love and determination, of men and women driven by compulsions larger than themselves, of fear and uncertainty, and of the self-determination required to believe the truth in a world shrouded in lies.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're reading Action Comics number one with a pair of tweezers and acid-free latex gloves.

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