Issue #2 focuses more on the working relationship between Nite Owl and Rorschach. The two definitely have different ways of doing things and clashing moral codes. Things get more complicated as Nite Owl becomes obsessed with a tempting mistress named the Twilight Lady. He’s infatuated with her while Rorschach just sees another vile piece of criminal scum that needs to be permanently cleaned up. The two heroes must also come to grips with life-altering events which happened to them in their childhoods.
J. Michael Stracynski continues the forward momentum he started with Issue #1. There’s lots of great action and energy to take in. Nite Owl and Rorschach’s backstories add emotional depth to their motivations as crime fighters. Stracynski successfully fleshes out the characters in a way that makes us care about them.
Andy Kubert’s artwork is breathtaking as usual. It continues to carry a classic flavor that enhances Stracynski’s words. Each panel is brought to life by Joe Kubert’s expert inking and Brad Anderson’s vibrant coloring.
Len Wein and John Higgins’ The Curse of the Crimson Corsair: The Devil in the Deep…! continues in this issue with Part Nine. The story moves further into the realms of the supernatural as our protagonist is thrown into the sea to find the objects he needs to bring back to the Corsair’s captain. Only then will he regain his immortal soul. As a fan of ghost stories, I’m constantly impressed with the direction this tale is taking.
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl Issue #2 continues the trend of outstanding quality we’ve come to expect from these prequels. My only complaint is about the nudity in the book. I think it’s unnecessary and adds nothing to the story. If anything, it puts a limit on who can and will read it. Besides that, this is another effective piece to the intricate puzzle that is Before Watchmen.