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: Nite Owl #3 Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Art by Andy and Joe Kubert and Bill Sienkiewicz

Mr. Green – Well I didn’t think this was going to happen. I think I liked this issue. No really I’m not joking here. I found that relationship between Dan and Liz to be a good setup for his strange relationship with Laurie later on. Cover not withstanding. Regardless, there was some interesting things going on here and thanks to JMS we got naked boobs! This guy can’t help himself. Every fucking issue has boobs in it. Like no comic nerd has ever seen them. Oh no please, don’t shake my delicate nature by showing human nudity. I picture him writing this going, “Shit I’m no where as talented as Alan Moore so what if I try and shock the readers with boobs! Yeah that’s it, that’ll make me edgy.” Honestly Jim, give it up. Otherwis, I really enjoyed this issue. I loved the bit with the masks. The art continues to be strong for this book and I have really enjoyed how it has helped tell this tale. However, I was sad to hear of the GREAT Joe Kubert’s passing and that he didn’t get a chance to finish his work on this book. But Bill Sienkiewicz is helping out and doing a great job of emulating Joe’s style. Only one issue of Nite Owl left. Hopefully it goes out with a bang, not a whimper.

I continue to not care about the Crimson Corsair.

Andrew – Well, I’m a little bit torn on this issue of Nite Owl. While I did enjoy the development of the relationship between Dan and Twilight Lady, the story involving Rorschach was a lacking. As Nite Owl attempts to get to the bottom of the “case of the missing hookers”, old Rory is sweeping up at church. I did enjoy the procedural shake down that Twilight Lady leads Dan to do and the eventual pillow talk that follows was also pretty good. Then we get to the end of the book and JMS marches out one of the most cliche endings I have seen to an issue. Making this character your villain is far too obvious and I can’t see why he’d go there as it’s a character type that’s been done to death. Overall, the issue was entertaining and didn’t really drag. The art on this issue looked phenomenal.  It’s sad that this is the last issue to showcase work from Joe Kubert. He will be missed. Bill Sienkiewicz does a great job of finishing off the issue in an almost seamless manner. Even though the ending wasn’t my cup of tea, I still found the issue well written and worth checking out. It may not be the best of the Before Watchmen event, but this series has been getting better with each issue.

As for the Curse of the Crimson Corsair, I’m getting a little pissed off. Two issue ago, it was “Dog-Pig” (which was brilliant). Last issue, it went to just “Pig”. Now this issue, it’s “Pig-Dog”? That’s too many changes! Make up your mind! Is it Dog-Pig or Pig-Dog? You can’t do both! Other then that, this story is…..meh.

And if you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!

Next Week’s Issue: Ozymandias #3, Written by Len Wein and Art by Jae Lee