AUTHORMoore, Alan / Gibbons, Dave / Higgins, John
CITYNew York, NY

Written at the height of the Cold War, this seminal graphic novel deconstructs the concept of a superhero through a cast of flawed characters who don costumes and set out to confront evil in the world. What begins as the death of one of the group turns into a surreal journey that reveals the inability of each hero to protect humanity. Dr. Manhattan is the superhero who wants to protect the United States from the Soviets. The group is forced to enter a bargain that protects humankind by giving up any claim they have to call themselves heroes. The narrative includes numerous references to nuclear war, radioactivity, and events of the 1980s. The theme of the story is relevant in a world seeking superheroes to combat prevalent evil.

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