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.…..the attempt to tell the story of the Watchmen in the prequels aptly titled Before Watchmen. Good or bad, here we are and we are going to cover it. (I am using the Royal “We” in this instance).

Comedian #5 Written by Brian Azzarello with Art by J.G. Jones

So it’s been a couple of months since we last saw the exploits of Eddie Blake and his military goon squad. The last issue of Comedian shipped the first week of December. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have to go back and refresh myself on what was happening in this title. After doing so I can say that the story is moving in a logical and entertaining direction. In the last issue we saw Blake become an animal that’s adapted to his surroundings completely and because of this has gotten lost in the madness. In this issue, we see the Comedian get questioned for his actions and the defense he gives. What’s surprising is that by jumping off the helicopter and dragging Benway, his commanding officer out with him, he’s able to let the jungle speak for itself. Eddie presents the Vietnam war as what it is: something unlike anything the American military had ever faced. He broke the rules and played by their game. Where Benway speaks of honor and rules of engagement, Blake makes the point that these matters have no place in his war. Just like last issue, these events are intercut with scenes of the Comedian’s platoon killing, raping and destroying the defenseless town from the past issue. There is a particularly well played moment between Blake and one of his men where he puts his soldier to task and gives him the choice of doing it his way or no way at all. The choice this soldier makes is pretty much what many men who’re in over their heads would make. The final pages of the issue do a great job of setting up the finale which appears to involve Comedian’s good buddy. If you’ve been reading this far in the series, you know who I mean.

This series took a long time to find itself but it has become an interesting and compelling dissection of one of the most controversial yet unexplored characters from the Watchmen Universe. I still think the first two issues of this series are not to my liking but with each issue that has followed, the title has really fallen into place. I’m interested to see what the last issue will hold for us. The art by J.G. Jones is once again awesome and adds a great deal of intensity to the subject matter. You feel every bullet and wound in this book. This is the first issue I would highly recommend. Didn’t think I would do such an about face on this book but stranger things have happened. Check it out when you can.

So that’s another edition of “We’re Watching the Watchmen“. It’ll be two weeks until the next book, so until then, keep watching those who need to be watched.

If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!

In Two Weeks: Dr. Manhattan #4 Written by J. Michael Straczynski with Art by Adam Hughes