Alan Moore's Watchmen is often described by critics as being 'seminal'. Now, I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I had to look that word up:

sem·i·nal: highly original and influencing the development of future events: a seminal artist; seminal ideas.

For the record, it can also mean "pertaining to, containing, or consisting of semen." In the case of Watchmen, the first meaning here is definitely the most appropriate.

Watchmen was originally published as a monthly 12 issue comic book limited series from 1986-1987, and later collected as a trade paperback (meaning all issues in the one book). It was written by Alan Moore, also known for V for Vendetta, and illustrated by Dave Gibbons.
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