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 Alan 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 #2 Written by Brian Azzarello Art by J. G. Jones
Mr. Green – Brian what are you doing with this title? I have not been enjoying this at all… okay I have a little when I think of it as a Nick Fury book but otherwise, no. We pick up after the JFK assassination and Bobby tells Nick er… I mean Eddie that he is going to run for Senate, then the Presidency. All this while watching Ali kick Sonny Liston’s ass to win the Heavy Weight Championship for the first time. After this Nick… damn it, I mean Eddie heads off to Vietnam to help there. He walks into a conflict that is not going anywhere until he and a few friends decided to kick it up a few notches. This is the only time in 2 issues that I felt like Eddie Blake was the Comedian. That’s it. The only time. This book I had a lot of hopes for and is right now, the biggest let down in the Before Watchmen Project. All I can hope for is that this begins to improve soon. Otherwise why the hell am I reading this.
I continue to not care about the Crimson Corsair.
Andrew – This series continues to underwhelm as Brian Azzarello attempts to weave the 1960s around the life and times of the Comedian. The thing that annoys me most is that The Watchmen is suppose to take place in an alternate timeline. So why is there such an obsession with the events of American history in this mini series. It’s almost as if Azzarello is disinterested in telling a story about the Comedian, so he’s just shoe-horning him into historical events. The only time it really feels like the actual Comedian shows up is when Vietnamese drug-running comes into the picture. Well that and when he draws a happy face on his helmet. Other then that, it’s some weird ode to the American dream. What really sucks is that Brian Azzarello is known for telling compelling stories that push the envelope with characters that really drive the plot in interesting directions. He is doing the exact opposite in this story. The plot seems incredibly bland and the characters feel like they are moving aimlessly through their environment. I fee like I am drowning in mediocrity whenever I am reading this book. At least the artwork by Jones is somewhat to my liking. But the artwork is not enough to save this book that I am astounded has 4 more issues to go.
As for the Curse of the Crimson Corsair, it appears that we might actually be getting to some actual purpose to the story if anyone out there still cares.
And if you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!
Next Week’s Issue: Nite Owl #2 Written by J. Michael Straczynski Art by Andy Kubert & Joe Kubert