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Watchmen: Absolute Edition

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Watchmen, the groundbreaking story from award-winning author Alan Moore that sparked the hit HBO original series, is collected in stunning Absolute format!

Rorschach, a half-psychotic vigilante, must convince his ex team-mates, now middle-aged and retired, that he has uncovered a plot to murder the remaining superheroes - along with millions of innocent civilians. However, in the run-up to the movie coming out I was interested to see what the new digital colouring and over-sized format does to the end-product and I can confirm that this is not the Absolute edition, it is the Definitive version. Of particular interest (especially in light of subsequent developments) is the original pitch/summary in which the main protagonists are based on the 1950's/60's Charlton characters - imagining what the book would have been if Moore and Gobbons had been allowed to pursue this idea was enough to keep me entertained for hours! This Absolute edition features remastered line art and coloring overseen by artists Dave Gibbons and John Higgins, script pages, the original series proposal, character designs, promotional art, and tons of other extras.For me though, the most interesting element of this package is not the graphic novel itself (I've read it an awful lot, starting with the original twelve comics. Note this is not a graphic novel, I know that's the phrase being bandied about to distance it from what most see as childish beginnings.

Additionally, this grand tome will include 48 pages of supplemental material produced exclusively for the Graphitti Designs WATCHMEN hardcover edition and not seen since their original publication.Having read the normal trade paperback a good while ago, I wasn't sure if this Absolute Edition would have the same impact on me. Rolling Stone "His sci-fi detective masterpiece Watchmen made [Alan Moore] the comic industry's de facto leader back in 1986.

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