The controversial Before Watchmen event came to a close with the sixth and final issue of the Comedian's title. To say it ended the entire affair with a bang would be both accurate and an understatement. Just like everyone, I have my favorites and want to give them the praise they deserve.
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.
Before Watchmen: Minutemen continues the prequel series with the same high-standards in story and artwork we've come to expect from the different creators involved. Every month, this specific title from the Before Watchmen event takes us deeper into the history of the costumed crime fighters. Whether fans of the original graphic novel want to admit it or not, Darwyn Cooke has successfully expanded the universe of Watchmen.
The Before Watchmen event continues to wow readers with the long-awaited first issue of Dr. Manhattan. It's a no-brainer that the luminescent blue superhero is the one most fans of the original graphic novel were anxious to set their eyes on. The debut chapter doesn't disappoint and sheds light on some of the events that took place in Alan Moore's best-selling book.
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.
Of all the characters in the Watchmen universe, Ozymandias was the most uninteresting to me. I found him boring as a character and rather shallow. He didn't seem as fleshed out as the other characters in the original book. Before Watchmen: Ozymandias changed all that. His book is my favorite out of all of them so far.
Issue #2 of Before Watchmen: Comedian keeps the ball rolling for the prequel series. It seems much of the controversy surrounding the books has been put to bed. Either comic enthusiasts came to grips with the fact they're going to continue to happen no matter what is said or readers gave them a chance and liked the experience. Most of the people I've talked to are enjoying all the titles in the series.
I can only imagine how hard it was for DC to get a group of the most celebrated writers and artists in the comic book industry and organize an event as big and controversial as "Before Watchmen." The individuals involved in the creative process are already under a powerful microscope of scrutiny and controversy. Isn't the responsibility of producing one of these important titles enough to stress someone out? Darwyn Cooke bravely stepped up and shouldered the responsibility of heading up two books in the series. The writer continues proving he was the right choice for the job with Silk Spectre Issue #2.