I have been into comics my whole life, but it was not until things for Watchmen showed up on this site that I heard about it. SO I checked this forum and wikipedia on it and was rather impressed by the information and reviews(I read everything very briefly and skimmed ahead where content was divulged). As such I ordered it off Amazon and it arrived. This was about 2 months ago and I have been slightly busy and didn't really want to start it out of fear of it not living up to the hype. Well I finally broke down last week and started reading it. I am currently only on chapter 5 and I can not begin to state how much I am enjoying this novel. It starts off a bit imposing introducing all these characters and events with no real back story in the beginning. Yet as you read further the past is nicely and very cleverly inserted with the present and gives you a much better understanding of the characters as it allows you to parallel them at the then and now. The characters themselves are so human that it makes many other attempts at humanizing super heroes look silly. Also the sheer realism of watchmen is impressive and makes this story so much more believable. As said I have not finished it, but I must comment that this is probably at least top 5 of all time favorite books so far. I have also finally started to allow myself to look at picture and what not of the movie and am pleased with what I have seen and have full confidence in Zach Snyder, much more so that with any comic book director with the possible exception of Christopher Nolan. In closing the reason I made this thread was to share my enjoyment of this piece of fiction as well as to encourage others who were in my situation i.e. a fan of comics who had not heard of or read Watchmen before. Break down. Buy this book or borrow it from a friend or w.e. you will not regret it.