Issue #2 features a glance at the auditions for the Minutemen and gives us a little of the back story for a couple of the characters in the group. It also shows the Minutemen in action and how they worked as a team. Readers also get to see Nite Owl and the Silhouette work together to bring down a sex trafficking ring. The lengths to which Captain Metropolis, Sally Jupiter, and the Minutemen’s “manager” will go to in order to preserve their public image and build them up are also exposed.
Writer Darwyn Cooke continues to push the story forward at a quick pace. He does a great job interweaving different parts of the story and keeping things interesting. Cooke reveals a couple surprising secrets in this issue which will leave Watchmen fans dazed.
Cooke’s art for issue #2 continues to reflect the time period it is written about. The illustrations are rooted in the classic comic book styles of 1940s and 1950s artists. His work really enhances and brings the narrative to life in pictures.
Part six of The Curse of the Crimson Corsair promises dark adventures are on the horizon for the adrift sea wanderer readers experience the story through. Len Wein and John Higgins continue to successfully accelerate the story two pages at a time. Each entry leaves you on edge and wanting more.
Darwyn Cooke more than proves Before Watchmen: Minutemen is worthy to be a prequel to what many consider the greatest graphic novel of all time. It continues to shine a light on the beloved characters we learned a little about in the original Watchmen. Cooke is determined to prove there is more to tell about these characters and makes a convincing argument with issue #2 of this miniseries.