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: Dr. Manhattan #2, Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Art by Adam Hughes
Mr. Green – What the fuck is JMS doing? After reading this, it reminds me of all those times when my buddies and I would get drunk in high school and talk about the universe. We always thought we were the smartest guys in the room but we were 18. Like most people that age, we think we are smarter then everyone else but as you get older you realize it was all an illusion. Well looks like JMS is still living that same delusion. There is a lot of high minded scenarios at work here to explain Dr. Manahattan’s thinking and the way he perceives the world/time around him. Like that 18 yr old version of me, JMS is full of shit. Yes, many of the ideas he puts forth are legit, but really? This is what you think good writing is all about copying and reinterpreting them for a comics audience? Just do us all a favour: retire and leave my comics alone. I’m sure issue 3 will have more pseudo intellectual science nonsense he stole from smarter people. I may not like everything being done by all the writers on this project but at least the others are trying on each issue. They are not mailing it in like this. I liked the art this time so thank you Adam Hughes for that. And as a result of all of this…
I actually enjoyed the Crimson Corsair. Hard to believe but after reading some crackpot talking pseudo physics, it was really nice to enjoy something.
Andrew – Gotta love the huge overreaction printed above by my co-host. The latest issue of Dr. Manhattan explores the realms of infinite universes born of choice. Using the Schrodinger’s Cat scenario, the book is showing parallel universes existing at the same time. Through the decisions of Jon Osterman, who instead of turning into Manhattan got to carry on his regular life, we get to peek in on how each choice we make in life can affect the entire world around us. While nothing too deep, it’s a classic trope of sci fi and is both entertaining and engaging. The arwork by Adam Hughes is fantastic. I really like the look and feel of the environments shown and it’s great to see Hughes doing interiors. At the end of this issue, we get the feeling that the real shit is about to hit the fan as Manhattan, now an observer of his own life, attempts to find the answers for this change in dimensional possibilities. I feel this issue was a vast improvement from the first issue. Dr. Manhattan now has my attention.
As for Curse of the Crimson Corsair, I’m still not really interested. The artwork popped off the page this time. It looked beautiful. But I still don’t care about the story unfolding. I kinda feel like “you’ve seen one tribal sacrifice, you’ve seen ’em all”.
And if you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!
Next Week’s Issue: Minutemen #4 by Darwyn Cooke