Before Watchmen: Nite Owl/Dr. Manhattan Deluxe Edition wraps up the hardcover collections of the prequels to the critically acclaimed original graphic novel. It features all four issues of both the Nite Owl and Dr. Manhattan titles as well as the two issues of Moloch. This volume is a mixed bag for me, although the good ends up outweighing the mediocre.
I put off reviewing the December cover issues of the Before Watchmen event because two of the five issues never arrived. After waiting a few days, I decided to get a hold of DC and found out they had been delayed for some reason or another. Fans of the "Watchmen" prequels were no doubt disappointed to find that the latest entries in both the Silk Spectre and Comedian books weren't hitting shelves as scheduled. However, we did get the next chapters in Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, and the Minutemen's adventures.
What is surely one of the most anticipated entries in the Before Watchmen event is now out. Before Watchmen: Rorschach Issue #1 kicks off the second wave in the prequel series. Writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo deliver on all the hype.
Every title of the Before Watchmen event continues to impress me. It's amazing how so many writers and artists can maintain the excellent quality they do over so many storylines that ultimately intersect. Before Watchmen: Nite Owl Issue #2 continues the trend and gives us more compelling background on the characters we know and love.