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It’s time for another book! And that means another two-parter. This week, we’re tackling the first half of Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

Watchmen is no ordinary book. It’s what some folks call a “comic book,” but those of us who know better call a “graphic novel.” Unlike the innumerable serialized Superman or Spider-Man stories, it’s a self-contained work, starring characters that don’t appear elsewhere. It’s also a goldmine of ideas to discuss:

Given that Watchmen is widely considered to be a crossover title to the broader literary world, it shouldn’t be too hard to find Watchmen at your local bookstore, or (since those are becoming as rare as Coke in green glass bottles), at your local box-shaped corporate monolith. For those not inclined to leave the house, it’s also available for $12 on Amazon.