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  1. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    So we're back to normal again: everyone makes an appearance and Niteowl 2 + Silk Spectre 2 are as useless and annoying as ever. Luckily there is a lot of action where they are not involved that is still lovely to read. However, not all of it is pleasant to the eye or heart. So we're back to normal again: everyone makes an appearance and Niteowl 2 + Silk Spectre 2 are as useless and annoying as ever. Luckily there is a lot of action where they are not involved that is still lovely to read. However, not all of it is pleasant to the eye or heart.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel MacNaught

    I didn't enjoy this instalment outside of Rorschach's prison moments and the final page assault. I have no interest in Night Owl or whatever the heck the girl's name is, and the plot is still nothing to speak of. I didn't enjoy this instalment outside of Rorschach's prison moments and the final page assault. I have no interest in Night Owl or whatever the heck the girl's name is, and the plot is still nothing to speak of.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sunny

    That pirate comic continues to disturb me. Who is Max Shea? Is he a hero or a villain? What exactly is the difference at this point? Full review HERE. That pirate comic continues to disturb me. Who is Max Shea? Is he a hero or a villain? What exactly is the difference at this point? Full review HERE.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eslem Ouederni

    my fav is Rorschach tbh

  5. 5 out of 5

    Javier Lárraga

    Es increible lo que un par de acontecimientos sin relación aparente pueden causar y como el miedo crece a la par de la anarquía en un mundo donde esta a punto de desatarse una guerra mundial. El volumen comienza fuerte y termina aún más impactante; las escenas violentas son brutales y los diálogos de los transeuntes son desoladores y ni que decir de la historia secundaria del comic de piratas que ya esta llegando a su final. Mi corazón no puede con 2 cliff hangers seguidos, necesito continuar con Es increible lo que un par de acontecimientos sin relación aparente pueden causar y como el miedo crece a la par de la anarquía en un mundo donde esta a punto de desatarse una guerra mundial. El volumen comienza fuerte y termina aún más impactante; las escenas violentas son brutales y los diálogos de los transeuntes son desoladores y ni que decir de la historia secundaria del comic de piratas que ya esta llegando a su final. Mi corazón no puede con 2 cliff hangers seguidos, necesito continuar con el próximo número ya...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tessy

    Trick or treat, friend. This is bigger than I thought.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. [REVIEW FOR THE SERIES...] Watchmen (Vol. 1-12) "Who watches the Watchmen?" Watchmen was a very interesting read and I’m glad to have finally gotten around to it. While I really appreciated some aspected such as the gritty world and symbolic, satirical plot line, there were times when it really didn’t live up to the hype surrounding it, at least not in my opinion. When compared to V For Vendetta, one of Moore’s best in my opinion, it just didn’t cut it for me, nor strike me with anything really mea [REVIEW FOR THE SERIES...] Watchmen (Vol. 1-12) "Who watches the Watchmen?" Watchmen was a very interesting read and I’m glad to have finally gotten around to it. While I really appreciated some aspected such as the gritty world and symbolic, satirical plot line, there were times when it really didn’t live up to the hype surrounding it, at least not in my opinion. When compared to V For Vendetta, one of Moore’s best in my opinion, it just didn’t cut it for me, nor strike me with anything really meaningful afterwards. This is going to be a really hard one to rate and review for me— but here it goes. P.s. If haters wanna hate, please go hate elsewhere. ;) "This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin. One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial best-seller, Watchmen has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as V for Vendetta, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and The Sandman series." -Book Blurb Because I’m reviewing the entire series, and want to avoid an overly long review as well as story spoilers, in this review I’m just going to cover a few things, some things that stood out, things I liked, things I didn’t etc. In the beginning of Watchmen the readers are introduced to this dark world, an alternate history, and are initiated into the story through the mysterious and grim character of Rorschach, whom I instantly liked albeit his strange attitude and growingly apparent fact that he was lacking some amount of sanity. He operates outside the law, as superhero’s are outlawed by the government. The mystery was compelling enough, the world is very dark and interesting. As the story goes on we are introduced to other ex-heroes like Nite Owl II, (who seemed ironically a parody of Batman), and Ozymandias, as well as heroes contracted by the government such as Doctor Manhattan (the only actually superhuman in the series), The Comedian and Silk Spectre II. While the characters were interesting at times, most notably Doctor Manhhattan and Rorschack, many of the others felt dull to me, like bland caricatures. One aspect I disliked was the weird, and seemingly pointless romance between Silk Spectre II and Nite Owl II. It felt creepy and out of place, boring me and ultimately jarring me from the otherwise interesting plot. Why was it necessary to bog the plot down with their awkward affair, (including facts about his erectile dysfunction)? What was perhaps meant to flesh out the side characters, just ended up feeling like a lot of filler material. Bleh. It slowed the overall momentum for me. Another irritant was the issue concerning the backstory of Silk Spectre I and The Comedian, and the flippant way her sexual assault/rape was dealt with. It felt only a cheap tactic used to give the readers a twist later on, which was obvious to me miles away, and ultimately felt an easy way to manipulate the reader and story. It did not have that effect on me. The matter was not handled very tastefully, in my opinion. Silk Spectre I’s response— or lack thereof—to the crime against her made the writing and overall story have a very misogynistic undertone, which continuously reared its head throughout the following issues. That continuous feeling was highlighted and accentuated by the apparent uselessness of most of the female characters, who rarely if ever, contribute to the story in any meaningful way. Not to mention the fact that so few women were present at all, the story tiresome by their lack of contribution. One obvious exception being Silk Spectre II’s pleading with Doctor Manhattan on Earth’s behalf later on, even then he probably would have come to the decision on his own, given how his mind worked. So perhaps I’m reading between the lines here, but that’s how it struck me. It didn’t sit well, and I’m overly used to comics using women in the usual ways, to titillate as eye candy and fan service, serving no real purpose. I guess I expected more, too much, from something hailed as an innovative masterpiece. Moving on. There were things I did really like, though the story was bogged down with politics, propaganda and misogyny. I really like the satirical take of the golden age superhero story, the way the story makes you think about things in a different light, albeit a very pessimistic—dare I say—nihilistic light. I like the jaded hero perspective. The art was very fitting and did a good job setting the overall tone, even though it wasn’t as pleasing on the eye. It conveyed the general vibe of the plot really well. I loved the fact that the series read more like a mystery noir novel that a traditional action comic book. I really enjoyed the characterizations of Rorschach and Doctor Manhattan the most. I LOVED Doctor Manhattan’s backstory. It was so epic and philosophical; those chapters really made me think. While Rorschach’s background was very sad, it was also a bit underwhelming, considering how much I loved his character. He made an excellent anti-hero. Overall, I really enjoyed it, but could not say I loved it by any means. I appreciate what it means to the world and legacy of comic books and graphic novels, I think it changed the industry in many ways, not all for the better, but in many ways it was good. I liked how original it was. I like the philosophical mindset it gets you in. Some of the characters were so memorable, but the bad somewhat equals the good for me. There was a lot of filler material that felt tedious to read through, dragging the story out. As much as I enjoyed it, I also felt annoyed by it. I felt it was lacking in some pivotal areas, where it could have done more. Many of the characters were so unlikeable and dull, like cardboard cutouts. Seeing how much depth Rorschach and Doctor Manhattan had, I think all of the characters had that potential as well. So I guess I’m in a love-hate thing with Watchmen, no matter which way I slice it, I can’t seem to pick a definite stance. I was pretty disappointed with the ending. I would recommend reading it, to appreciate the leaps Watchmen gave the genre of graphic novels, and for the interesting plot and setting, but in my opinion V for Vendetta was better in most regards. [VOLUMN RATING: 2 STARS] [OFFICIAL RATING: 3.5 STARS]

  8. 5 out of 5

    توفيق عبد الرحيم

    rorschach is just so smart he always find away to fight with anything around him fat chance lol silk specter and nite owl springing him out of prison was a good choice but the old nite owl dying that was really sad and u think to yourself why the hell did someone like him die but then again welcome to watchmen world its chaotic

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    Set in an alternate history where costumed heroes have helped shape society since the beginning of time, the controversial yet prolific costumed hero Edward Blake (more commonly known by his alias The Comedian) is found dead and the perpetrator is nowhere to be found. Unable to solve such a bizarre murder by conventional means, the masked vigilante Rorschach who once served as a costumed hero alongside Comedian and four others takes matters into his own bloodstained hands to track down a mysteri Set in an alternate history where costumed heroes have helped shape society since the beginning of time, the controversial yet prolific costumed hero Edward Blake (more commonly known by his alias The Comedian) is found dead and the perpetrator is nowhere to be found. Unable to solve such a bizarre murder by conventional means, the masked vigilante Rorschach who once served as a costumed hero alongside Comedian and four others takes matters into his own bloodstained hands to track down a mysterious assassin that's taking out costumed heroes one by one. Conspiracies abound, political tensions are through the roof, the threat of WWIII is lurking just around the corner and the gritty and depressive atmosphere of a rotting New York City during the 1980's sets the scene for a grim dissection and criticism of classic superhero archetypes. Watchmen redefines the term superhero. With the exception of Dr. Manhattan, none of them have any notable powers. The Comedian is merely a grotesque reflection of American society and all its shameless faults, as well as how misguided patriotism can be used to justify mindless violence and prejudice. Rorschach is a vigilante who throws around the words good and evil to justify his brute force and questionable methods of solving problems. Silk Spectre is a normal woman struggling between following her own path in life and forever remaining trapped in the shadow of her mother's legacy. Nite Owl almost feels like a comedic parody of Batman, poking fun at the fact that he's an awkward old nerd that loves owl-themed gadgets and dressing up in what is essentially a big Halloween costume. Dr. Manhattan is the embodiment of how power, knowledge, wealth and limitless freedom to do anything imaginable can alienate and dehumanize a person from the rest of the world. All of the superheroes are extremely flawed everyday people with everyday issues and imperfections who hide behind masked personas to cope with the questionable acts they're performing and the faulty morals behind them. The heroes of this tale defy the image of flawless paragons of justice that can do no wrong. They are just as capable of being selfish, abusing their powers and doing evil things out of spite and unchecked negative emotions as everyone else. This critiques the very idea of putting idols on a pedestal in the first place. This can be compared to the famous actors, pop stars and politicians of today. It's easy for people to treat the words and actions of their idols like the words of God himself, forgetting that they're ordinary people with many imperfections just like everyone else. Again, most of the Watchmen have selfish reasons for hiding behind their costumed personas, because they feel powerless, guilty and ordinary without them. What does it say about who you are when you can't even show yourself in public without hiding behind a carefully crafted disguise? Why wear a mask if you're in the right and have nothing to hide? All of this deception and abuse of authority is where the popular slogan (Who watches the Watchmen?) comes from. The people in power are constantly watching and judging the actions of the average person, but who are watching and judging the actions of the people in power? The people in power punish us for our wrongdoings but who punishes the people in power for theirs? Dismantling the infallible images that figures of authority try to maintain, dissecting issues of confused morals and identities hiding behind literal and figurative masks, tearing the veil from the one-dimensional definition of superheroes, all of these things are masterfully challenged in the shape of a dark psychological crime-thriller with many timeless themes that go harsh on politics and society. Our heroes and leaders are never the flawless, perfect beings we romanticize them to be. *** My Social Media My YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPPs... My Instagram Account: https://www.instagram.com/michael_sor... My Wattpad Account: https://www.wattpad.com/user/Michael-... My Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/SorbelloHorror My Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/michael.sorb...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Helberg

    Yup. I officially despise Laurie and Dan at this point. Dan is again drunk on the idea of being a hero and Laurie's "charm," which I don't see any but whatever. Laurie won't shut up about Jon Jon Jon and sure enough he comes back. Also, she calls herself and Dan "young lovers..." When!? They hooked up randomly because Dan was pining over her and she needed some loving after Jon left. I hate these two. And to top if off.... they get one of the actual homies killed because of their prison breakout Yup. I officially despise Laurie and Dan at this point. Dan is again drunk on the idea of being a hero and Laurie's "charm," which I don't see any but whatever. Laurie won't shut up about Jon Jon Jon and sure enough he comes back. Also, she calls herself and Dan "young lovers..." When!? They hooked up randomly because Dan was pining over her and she needed some loving after Jon left. I hate these two. And to top if off.... they get one of the actual homies killed because of their prison breakout, one that Rorschach seemed to have a handle on the whole time and didn't require their help.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jéssica Resende

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Os documentos do final, trazem de forma bem perturbadora a realidade impressa do mundo atual. Isto faz com que a leitura tenha consigo uma carga de impotência, frente a um mundo cada vez mais sobrinho, pois as estruturas nacionalistas ou as representações dessas, no caso, são cada vez menos problematizadas e avaliadas, pois se tem a impressão que a realidade e essa e não há nada que se possa ser feito, sendo que tem q se ter esperança e fé que as coisas iram melhorar, se não iremos entrar em um Os documentos do final, trazem de forma bem perturbadora a realidade impressa do mundo atual. Isto faz com que a leitura tenha consigo uma carga de impotência, frente a um mundo cada vez mais sobrinho, pois as estruturas nacionalistas ou as representações dessas, no caso, são cada vez menos problematizadas e avaliadas, pois se tem a impressão que a realidade e essa e não há nada que se possa ser feito, sendo que tem q se ter esperança e fé que as coisas iram melhorar, se não iremos entrar em um mar de desespero e barbaridade como e posto nessa hq, sensacional.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Isra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Vaya tomo espectacular, la verdad es que me quedé bastante encantando con esta parte, donde todo se va a la Mier**. Tremendo la verdad, el desarrollo de personajes al parecer ha terminado y ahora es donde comienza para lo que el autor te andaba preparando desde hace mucho tiempo.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Roshnara Mohamed

    Featuring, once again, Nite Owl and Silk Spectre 2, the most bland Watchmen, at least this instalment has a bit more action because they spring Rorschach out of prison. Can we just go back to Rorschach and Dr. Manhattan running the show?

  14. 5 out of 5

    M

    Is the pirate comics really necessary?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sanil Sinai Borkar

    Some interesting incidents to keep the reader going..

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Knecht

    The masked heroes are returning, The old ghosts try to save the new ones, What happens next, only God knows.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    Full review on The Watchmen #1-12. The story continues... This book didn't stand out wildly to me like some of the other comics in this collection. Full review on The Watchmen #1-12. The story continues... This book didn't stand out wildly to me like some of the other comics in this collection.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mona

    Always chaos creates opportunity.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shaneka Knight

    From v for vendetta to umbrella academy

  20. 5 out of 5

    Atikaa Rhmwt

    :(((((:

  21. 4 out of 5

    dani

    you gotta love Rorschach though. He literally goes to take a piss during his breakout.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adriano Castañeda

    Este, junto al Issue 6 me han parecido los mejores.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Antonio

  24. 5 out of 5

    J

  25. 4 out of 5

    Osvaldo Brignoni

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cláudia Cruz

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Evans

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anika Hendrickx

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  30. 5 out of 5

    AnaGazza

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