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By Grace Le, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Retired heroes fight to save themselves in gritty classic.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 17+

Amazing book but filled with dark content kids wouldn’t understand.

So recently from my childhood (aka 15/16) I read the watchmen graphic novel with the different cover or the one with the smashed window and I remembered how amazing this book was! I was thinking about letting my nine year old son read but i didn’t after I read it again. There is tons of violence, a near rape scene, the comedian shot a pregnant woman he had sex with in the head, it talks about sexual predators and children, a street that had boobs littering the street and a strip club. Swearing wise not too bad heard b*tch, sh*t and crap alot. Drugs barely any other than in Molochs appartment he has a bag of crack. The things that parents need to look out for are Violence and sex plus nudity. CMSM has for once actually underrated the sexual content. Overall, great book for older teens!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 15+

Amazing masterpiece! But not really for kids

Watchmen is a amazing comic! It has pretty intense violence. You see people getting shot, getting stabbed, somebody’s head gets cutt off and a dog his head is split in two. It also has some sex scenes. A man and a woman take eachothers clothes off and then they have sex. You see bare butts, breasts and the character dr. Manhattan always walks around naked (you can see his penis). A man tries to rape a woman. The woman is dressing (she is in her bra) and then the man comes and punches the woman in her face. He is about to rape her but then somebody comes and punches the man. Watchmen also has cursing: bitch, whore, asshole, dick, damnit, goddamnit. I find that the comic is fine for kids 15+

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17):
Kids say (45):

With its sophisticated plot, complex characterizations, and spot-on rendering of the human condition, Watchmen is the quintessential graphic novel. Dave Gibbons' expressive, brooding illustrations complement, not carry, the literary merit of its writing. Poetic in verse and saturated with psychological realism, Watchmen is the only graphic novel thus far to make Time's "100 Best Novels" list, an accomplishment that's well earned.

On the flip side, parents may have a hard time stomaching the story's graphic violence and crass dialogue. Watchmen has come a long way from the cartoonish "POW" and "KABLAMO" of its comic book predecessors. Keep in mind that this graphic novel is meant for mature audiences and is chock full of adult themes and complex issues. That said, Watchmen is a gripping read for any fan of the science fiction or mystery genre.

Book Details

  • Author: Alan Moore
  • Illustrator: Dave Gibbons
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: April 1, 1995
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 15 - 17
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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