Widely considered the Citizen Kane of graphic novels, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbon’s mid-80’s masterwork Watchmen offers tremendous value to the AP Lit classroom. Yes, there are superheroes and costumes. Yes, there are panels and word balloons. Yes, the violence is plentiful and the themes adult. And yes, the color pallette feels dated. (It was the 1980s — forgive them.) Beyond the aesthetics, one finds a deeply complex, multilayered narrative thick with allusions, symbolism, archetype and an exploration of the same themes found in more traditional texts. Here are five reasons to consider adopting Watchmen into your AP Lit reading lists.