Monday, September 3, 2012

Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3 (of 4)

I have to admit that it's been quite a few years since I last read the original Watchmen series, but by my (sometimes shaky) memory, this series hasn't conflicted with the original story, and has been focusing on sidebar events and characters who didn't get much attention in the source material.

This time around the focus is on the mysterious Silhouette, who is focused on her mission to protect children. We follow her on an adventure and see what happens when a rescue attempt goes badly.

She's one of the few genuinely sympathetic characters in the series, along with the original Nite Owl.

The story cleverly matches up the Minutemen and the team's somewhat seamy experiences to the clean-cut image presented to the public.

Darwyn Cooke continues to produce a sharp, tightly-constructed script and outstanding artwork, which bounces back and forth between grim reality and comic book fantasy.

All the Before Watchmen series have been quite good so far, but I think this series holds a slight edge so far - but it's really too close to call until the final issues roll up.

But so far, very impressive.

Grade: A



Dwayne said...

My one complaint about this series is that Mothman couldn't really fly in the original series. I'm picky..

Chuck said...

See, I had forgotten that. I do like Cooke's idea that Mothman has to maintain a certain weight and can only glide. But it would have been better to stick to the original material.