The comic series Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, is an "alternate timeline" story about an America which seems familiar in many ways. Like the real contemporary America, it is locked in struggle with Russia, though its Cold War fortunes are a bit different thanks to a blue superbeing named Dr. Manhattan. And like its real world counterpart, it is a society slipping into decadence, as chronicled by the brooding anti-hero, Rorshach.

The series takes place in the 1980s, and throughout it flashbacks fill in the altered history. Against a backdrop of criminals and vigilantes, nuclear tensions between East and West, and alternate timeline punks and yuppies, is set an ageless story about the justness of authority and from where it is derived. How the story unfolds reflects some of the prejudices and preoccupations of the real timeline Reagan age.

You really should read Watchmen before learning much more about it, then check out the annotation web site below.

The Annotated Watchmen


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