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Watchmen and Philosophy (Paperback)

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Even 25 years after its publication, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's WATCHMEN continues to astound, mesmerize, and provoke. A breakthrough in comic books, WATCHMEN deconstructs genre conventions and formal precedents. Conflicting messages and ambiguous morals further destabilize the bleak world created--a world where the good guys are not so good, and where brutality and violence seem sometimes necessary. This entry in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series addresses these and many other ethical and philosophical questions raised by this revolutionary book.
Alan Moore's Watchmen is set in 1985 and chronicles the alternative history of the United States where the US edges dangerously closer to nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Within this world exists a group of crime busters, who don elaborate costumes to conceal their identity and fight crime, and an intricate plot to kill and discredit these "superheroes."

Alan Moore's Watchmen popularized the graphic novel format, has been named one of Time magazine's top 100 novels, and is now being made into a highly anticipated movie adaptation. This latest book in the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series peers into Moore's deeply philosophical work to parse and deconstruct the ethical issues raised by Watchmen's costumed adventurers, their actions, and their world. From nuclear destruction to utopia, from governmental authority to human morality and social responsibility, it answers questions fans have had for years about Watchmen's ethical quandaries, themes, and characters.
Genre: Philosophy, Humor, Literary Criticism, Antiques + Collectibles, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Form / Cartoons + Comics, Comics, Americana, General, Popular Culture
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Street Date: January 20, 2009
TCIN: 12085061
UPC: 9780470396858
Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-3732
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