Over the next several months we are going to be discussing one of the most controversial decisions at DC Comics in the last several years. No not the New 52 or Allan Scott being gay… no we will be discussing the attempt to tell the story of the Watchmen in the prequels aptly titled Before Watchmen. I’m sure that many will continue to disagree with what we have to say here whether we are positive or negative on each issue. Frankly we don’t care if you agree with us. Make up your own damn mind but we will tell you the honest truth about these stories. This column is going to be discussing the new stories that the creators are trying to tell with Alan Moore’s template. Good or bad, here we are and we are going to cover it.
This Week’s Issue: The Comedian By Brian Azzarello and J.G. Jones
Mr. Green – For the second week in a row, a book that didn’t disappoint me, although I still had problems with this issue. Overall, the story is well presented and interesting to read but I was having a hard time with it. I understand that The Watchmen takes place in an alternative reality in which certain world events happen or happen differently but this was a little much. Having The Comedian be responsible for one historical event and his not being somewhere causing another was a bit over the top. Also, I wasn’t happy with seeing Eddie act the way he does here. Is he the Comedian or is he a nice guy that wants to help his friends and country? This is where the book falls apart for me. This indecision in who he is. I’m hoping that this is due to the fact that it’s the first issue of the story but I have a bad feeling about this right now.
Every time I read a part of the Crimson Corsair story I come away upset and this was no different. Just when anything starts to happen in the story like this issue – Boom, it’s over. I really wish they’d put this out on it’s own.
Andrew – After finishing this issue, my one thought was that I’ve seen better. I have seen better work from Brian Azzarello. I have seen better work from J.G. Jones. And I’ve already seen better work within the Before Watchmen line (see last week’s review of Silk Spectre). From what I gather, this story is an attempt to explain why The Comedian is so jaded and self serving. The story takes place in the early sixties when Eddie is at the top of his game as a superhero/government agent. He has famous friends and high profile missions that are covert in nature. But events are set in motion that are destined to disillusion our “hero”. This is the big problem with the story. The Minutemen book is telling the story of the original super team of which The Comedian is a member of. Back then, he’s already a morally ambiguous lad with no real loyalty except to himself. Now we’re to believe that in the sixties, he’s become a fine, upstanding, team player. Azarrello appears to be trying to tell a “Nick Fury gone awry” type tale. This will not work with the character. If we look back to the original miniseries, Eddie’s already tried to rape the original Silk Spectre. He’s already crossed the line from anti-hero to villain in my book. I didn’t buy Comedian’s humanity. It’s gonna be a hard sell through the rest of this series unless they find a way to better explain The Comedian’s actions and demeanor in issue 1. Bottom Line: I was not impressed by this book but it still has promise to be good. Not a lot of promise, but some.
I said it last week. I’ll say it again this week. Unless something noteworthy happens in the Crimson Corsair story, I’m not gonna waste my time telling you about it here. So I ain’t wasting it this week.
And if you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!
Next Week’s Issue: Nite Owl By J. Michael Straczynski and Andy Kubert & Joe Kubert