*Chris's Pick!*

We've come a long way since the forties and the creation of the superhero, and there is no better example of just how far comics have progressed as an art than Alan Moore's Watchmen. Dave Gibbons brilliant illustrations create a living world, packing in as much detail as possible, forcing a slow examination of every panel, flipping back through pages to find similarly framed panels.
Watchmen delivers on every front: superheroes who aren’t super, a murder-mystery detective story, an alternate reality where Richard Nixon is still president and we never lost in Vietnam, philosophical reflections on the human condition, a detached blue scientist with God-like powers who refuses to wear clothing, a morally grey world where anyone could be the hero or the villain, and pirates.
That sounds like a lot, but it’s never cumbersome, it’s tied together through beautiful prose, like a tapestry made from the tattered old remains of Superman’s cape. Moore asks hard questions, and he asks them earnestly, and without restraint. There’s an answer in there somewhere, hidden in the illustrations, in the multiple narratives, the overlapping time-periods, hidden in the beauty. But above all,there’s a real human story about what happens when average people decide that average isn’t enough anymore.

So, what do you think?