Who wrote this book and when?
It was written by Alan Moore, illustrated by David Gibbons, and published as a monthly series in 1986 and 1987.

Has there been a film version?
No, but I *think* someone somewhere is trying to make one.

Who are the important characters?
Rorschach – a masked crimefighter who only sees things as black and white, right or wrong
Dan Dreiburg/Nite Owl – a retired masked crimefighter
Laurie Juspeczyk/Silk Spectre – a retired masked crimefighter
Edward Blake/The Comedian – a masked crimefighter who sees the world as a big joke
Jon Osterman/Dr. Manhattan – a superhero, he was accidentaly disintigrated and managed to reintigrate his molecules and therefore gain control over all molecular matter
Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias – a former masked crimefighter who now is a businessman and a genius

What’s it about?
The story begins with the murder of Edward Blake, whom Rorschach soon realizes was the Comedian. When other former masked crimefighters come under attack, it seems like someone wants to do away with all of them, retired or not. But as convinced as Roschach is this crazy person is after masks, there’s much more to it than anybody understands.

Why is this book a bestseller/classic?
It defined the graphic novel genre. It was the first comic book to be more serious and an examination of the human condition. It was darker and more realized than any comic before it.

Do you recommend I read this book?
If you like graphic novels, yes.

How did this book make your list?
It’s a Hugo Award winner and listed as one of the 100 Greatest English Novels since 1923.

Has it won any awards?
The aforementioned awards, plus several Kirby Awards and Eisner Awards.

Favorite quotes:
“There was Mothman and The Silhouette and The Comedian and there was me, all of us choosing to dress up in gaudy opera costumes and express the notion of good and evil in cimple childish terms, while over in Europe they were turning human beings into soap and lampshades. We were sometimes respected, sometimes analyzed, and most often laughed at, and in spite of all the musings above, I dont think that those of us still surviving today are any closer to understanding just why we really did it all.” p 8

Anything else?
Nope.

Personal thoughts:
This is the first graphic novel I’ve finished entirely. I’ve read a few pages here and there from other graphic novels, but I just have a hard time following who everyone is because most of the time things are dark and shadowy and you can’t differentiate faces and hair colors. And since nearly every woman has long hair and a size zero figure and every man is stocky with a typical hair cut…well, you get the idea. Anyway. All that to say, I really don’t have anything to compare this to, so I can’t really judge if it’s good or not. The story was good, although the bad guy was readily predictable and the love stories were just…wierd. And I’m not very sure what else to judge it on. So. . .there ya go.

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