Jeff Jensen
November 12, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Watching the Watchmen

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Chip Kidd, Mike Essl, David Gibbons
publisher
Titan Books
genre
Nonfiction, Comic Books/Graphic Novels

We gave it an A

The genius of Watchmen — the genre-changing comic classic — is usually ascribed to its brilliant writer, Alan Moore. Dave Gibbons, the dude who drew the pictures, paints a picture of inspired collaboration in Watching the Watchmen, this gorgeously designed behind-the-scenes chronicle. There’s no input from Moore due to beefs with Watchmen publisher DC Comics, but surprisingly, you don’t miss him. Gibbons capably carries the load, candidly dishing on Watchmen‘s origin and tricky production, embellishing anecdotes with sketches, correspondence, and page-by-page breakdowns. You realize there ?was more than one genius helming this masterpiece. A

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