ALAN MOORE & DAVE GIBBONS
The story of a ragbag of bizarre, damaged, retired superheroes reunited by the murder of a former teammate, Watchmen is told in fugal, over-lapping plotlines and gorgeous panels rich with cinematic leitmotifs. A work of ruthless psychological realism, it's a landmark in the graphic novel medium. It would be a masterpiece in any. --By Lev Grossman
John Self, the extravagantly wretched man at the heart of this wonderfully funny book, is no ordinary pig. He's a monster of lustrous indulgence. Naturally, he's entering the movie business. But somehow his low cunning and...