Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, was published by DC Comics as a twelve-issue limited-series comic book during 1986 and 1987. Afterwards, it was collected as a bound graphic novel.
The first chapter is set in 1985 in an alternate-reality New York City. The police arrive at the home of Edward Blake, otherwise known as the Comedian. Upon investigation, the police piece together that someone broke into Blake’s home, engaged in a vicious fight with him, and threw him through the plate-glass window. Rorschach, a member of the retired group of crime fighters known as the Watchmen, hears about Blake’s death and begins his own underground investigation. He believes that someone is out to assassinate all the previous Watchmen. Rorschach decides to warn all the members of the group about his suspicions. He first visits Dan Dreiberg, the former Nite Owl II, and chastises Dan for quitting crime fighting. Rorschach then visits Adrian Veidt, the former Ozymandias; Jon Osterman, known to the world as Dr. Manhattan; and Laurie Juspeczyk, the former Silk Spectre II. After Rorschach leaves the compound where Jon and Laurie live, Laurie reminisces about Dan and the two meet for dinner, during which they recall their days as the Watchmen.
At the beginning of Chapter 2, the scene swaps between Edward Blake’s funeral and a visit to Sally Juspeczyk by her daughter Laurie. During the visit, Sally picks up a photograph of the original group of Watchmen and flashes back to her relationship with Eddie. After the group’s photo shoot, Sally goes into a back room to change out of her costume, and Eddie sneaks in on her. When she refuses his sexual advances, he becomes violent and brutally beats and rapes Sally. He is stopped by the Hooded Knight, but for Sally it is much too late. Laurie questions her mother about a sleazy comic book that she finds in her mother’s room, but Sally will not stand for Laurie’s accusations. Meanwhile, back at Blake’s funeral, Adrian Veidt also flashes back to his dealings with Blake. When the new band of Watchmen gets together, Veidt proposes that they could save the world with intelligence and the right leadership. The Comedian has been through many trials already and has grown cynical to any attempt to better the human race. Once again, the scene reverts to the funeral, and this time...
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