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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias/Crimson Corsair by Len Wein
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias/Crimson Corsair

P.M. Bradshaw, January 22, 2015

Len Wein’s writing is on par with J. Michael Straczynski’s Nite Owl / Dr. Manhattan volume ��" excellent!

His pirate story, Crimson Corsair, is very good, as is the extra Dollar Bill story, about one of the lesser Minutemen.

The Ozymandias story is fantastic, “A+” material, equal to that of Straczynski’s Dr. Manhattan story. He really gets inside the head of the character, understands the nuances of his speech, and tells a great, big story.

Excellent work!
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Before Watchmen: Nite Owl/Dr. Manhattan (Before Watchmen) by J Michael Straczynski
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl/Dr. Manhattan (Before Watchmen)

P.M. Bradshaw, January 22, 2015

Straczynski does here what Brain Azzarello failed to do with Comedian / Rorschach ��" get inside the characters heads. Nite Owl is fully the character from Watchmen, but here he gives you more, showing him grow up and being mentored by the older Nite Owl. The artwork of Joe Kubert and Bill Sienkiewicz is very good. A very good story.

Similarly, Dr. Manhattan is fully the character from Watchmen, and then a bit more. I don’t know how you capture the humanity in a character that is just short of a god, but Straczynski does it! Adam Hughes’ artwork is simply excellent, the best in the book, and rivals Darwyn Cooke for the best in the entire series.

There is also a 2-issue series on Moloch in this volume. Here, the author breathes life into an under-written character, a villain at that. Under Straczynski’s hand, he becomes a wholly real person we have empathy for, and (again) he’s a villain. Nice work.

The Nite Owl / Dr. Manhattan volume is easily the best of the “Before Watchmen” series.
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Before Watchmen: Minutemen/Silk Spectre (Before Watchmen) by Darwyn Cooke
Before Watchmen: Minutemen/Silk Spectre (Before Watchmen)

P.M. Bradshaw, January 22, 2015

Darwyn Cooke is the writer artist and artist on Minutemen. His work bringing the “Parker” novels to graphic grandeur, and on Catwoman: Selina’s Big Score, makes him possibly the only person in comics with the retro-touch enough to handle the 1940’s Minutemen. While not perfect, it is very, very good. “A-” work overall.
On Silk Spectre, Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner are co-writers, Amanda Conner is the artist. This tale is about Laurie Jupiter, Silk Spectre 2, the daughter of the Silk Spectre in the Minutemen. The 60’s hippie motif runs thin pretty quickly, and the story doesn’t really go anywhere. There’s just more of it. And then she gets to make her mom angry with her new boyfriend! A “C-“ effort at best, maybe a “D.”
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Before Watchmen: Comedian/Rorschach by Brian Azzarello
Before Watchmen: Comedian/Rorschach

P.M. Bradshaw, January 22, 2015

Brian Azzarello is a great writer. 100 Bullets and Lex Luthor: Man of Steel demonstrate this. But not here. Here, he doesn’t have a handle on who either the Comedian or Rorschach are. The Rorschach story is passable, but a bit bland, and that character is anything but bland. In the other story, I think he works too hard trying to make Comedian a good guy and a hero. Arguably, he is neither, and he knows it. But not here. This is the “Before Watchmen” I looked forward to the most, as it has the two most interesting characters, but I ended up being disappointed the most instead.
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Superior by Leinil Francis Yu

P.M. Bradshaw, October 13, 2014

Mark Millar is probably the best writer in comics today. From Wanted to the Ultimates, to Kick Ass, to Nemesis, to Superman: Red Son, his characters and stories are cutting edge and a step and a half above what others are doing. That being said, there is always one thing that bothers me ��" within every story, there is one point, one thing, where Millar pushes the envelope just a little too far. I’m a fan of shock value, but there’s always one thing that strikes me with an ICK-factor that I have to ignore. Until now.

Superior is Millar’s most accessible, and one of his best works ever. In it, we are introduced to Simon Pooni, a boy with multiple sclerosis. Through him, Superman and the movie BIG come together in a new and incredible way. A new twist on a couple of old tales (plus one space monkey), and Superior is just that ��" superior in oh so many ways. A great book that would make for a great movie someday!
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