by Allen Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbon, winner of the Hugo Award
Summary: What if superheroes really existed? No. What if they really existed? This is the question acclaimed author Allen Moore, author of “V for Vendetta,” takes on in his graphic novel “Watchmen,” which chronicles the downfall and experiences of a group of superheroes, set in the Cold War era.
Many may doubt the legitimacy of the graphic novel medium. However, in 2005, “Watchmen” was listed by “Time” magazine as one of the top 100 English-language novels from 1923 to the present.
“It’s not a light read,” said Trevor Young, a reference and instruction librarian at UVU.
Young explained that the novel is complex and offers an extremely compelling story along with meaningful visuals.
“It’s basically a new way to tell a story,” Young said.
As Young explained, the novel is a deconstruction of the traditional superhero story. It hypothesizes what the world would be like if superheroes really lived among us, incorporating “science fiction and philosophical elements.”
Young recommends that readers spend time “absorbing” each page rather than quickly skimming through, as each page offers a wealth of information. The writing should also bring readers satisfaction as Young describes Moore as a “very, very brilliant author.”
So, if you’re interested in exploring a new way of storytelling that’s becoming ever more popular, if you’re interested in a philosophical journey of the mind, or if you just want to ponder what life would really be like with superheroes around us, add Moore’s “Watchmen” to your summer reading stack.