Altraaznusa Indonesia Indonesia itibaren Lunino, Tulskaya oblast', Rusya, 301500
You can call it a graphic novel, but it's really a comic book about superheroes. And that's good, because that's the only way this story could be told! If you're creating a twisted ironic story about comic-book superheroes dealing with the real world, then you also need to be able to mess around with the conventions of the medium where your subjects arose. A novel or play or whatever just wouldn't work as well. There are some really powerful sections (especially Rorschach's story and its effect on the psychiatrist and his wife). There are lots of great metaphorical parallel stories, illustrating one conversation with imagery of another event. But my favorite part was how each character takes a different idea of justice to extremes: - we have a duty to do good to one another, using only good means, whenever possible - we should do good, but the ends justify the means - forget the idea of "doing good"; evil must simply be punished by any means necessary - the whole distinction between good and evil is all one big joke - good and evil, and for that matter all of humanity, are irrelevant in the big scheme of things In my view, the first philosophy is best since it's the only one that never treats human beings as mere things, abstractions, obstacles or toys. (Terry Pratchett's Discworld books have a surprising amount to say on this topic.) (view spoiler) I can't say it's an "enjoyable" read - quite depressing and creepy with too much blood and gore for my taste. But it's DEEP, and I definitely feel it'd be worthwhile to read it again.
Very good murder mystery! Reads fast.