Why couldn't we have just gotten 12 issues of Darwyn Cooke Minutemen? That's the only mini that I've been really enjoying so far. The rest are just average.
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While we're talking comic strips, at least no one has decided to publish Before Krazy Kat. That would be far more depressing than this whole Watchmen debacle.
Creativity: Just the idea of telling a comic that can only be told in comics was groundbreaking at the time.
Technicality: The use of recurring visual motifs (e.g. smiley face, doomsday clock, street grafiti hinting at the plot); configurative paneling (e.g. every panel in issue five is a resemblance of one another); juxtaposing what the reader is seeing and what they're reading (e.g. Comedian getting thrown out of the window as the bellhop tells the detective "ground floor coming up"). These comic mechanics were and probably still are unrivaled achievements (though The Nightly News comes damn close in terms of pushing the boundaries of what sequential art can do).
Influence: Next to changing the superhero genre, the above techniques Moore and Gibbons engineered have been ripped off by...Hell, I can't think of any great comic published since Watchmen that doesn't use them, including ones penned by Moore himself.
All in all...Watchmen is by far the most seminal work in American comics.
Don't get me wrong, I do love Watchmen. But truly seminal comics are Peanuts, Krazy Kat, The Spirit, etc.
Here, read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Com...00_Comics_list
Watchmen comes in at number 91, which is actually pretty respectable for a superhero comic.
Okay, continuity matters somewhat. But let's not get carried away.
Christ, that's the lowest I've ever seen Watchmen on any list. I think that's the lowest Watchmen has been put on any list, ever (bar the times it's counted among prose novels, of course). It's still the most highly regarded comic though and overall, has no peer in the American comic market.
I think I see where this is going, so I'll just nip it in the bud before I head off to work.
Fact is, there is no American comic that defeats Watchmen tit-for-tat on a list of criteria.
Any category your chosen comic might surpass it in, will lose to it in three others.
Overall, Watchmen is matchless. A masterpiece on every conceivable level.
It's been twenty-five years, I should not have to argue this to anyone older than fourteen.