Set in 1985 this graphic novel shows a very different world, one where Nixon was still in the White House and whole world stood on the brink of world war 3. One were masked adventurers (super heroes) are outlawed.
I wanted to like this, given the reviews - that this is an iconic piece of literature that changed a whole genre. I haven't seen the movie, although I wanted to - but I can't handle violence in movies - so I got the book instead.
The end was just too much for me. For a masked adventurer to come to believe that he can put the humanity back in the world, by making them believe Aliens are invading (wiping out millions of people in the process)- seeing a super hero go crazy, was strangely fascinating. But then for other super heroes to agree to keep his secret - in the process for Dr Manhattan to pull his thumb out of his butt and actually do something (when he'd stood by and done bugger all when others died), it was just weird.
The one character, who never surrendered - who believed totally in what he was doing and was doing it for the right reasons - the one who wanted to expose the real truth behind what happened, was the one who ended up dead (OK, so he had killed several people).