Sunday, December 16, 2012

Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #3 (of 4)

While the other Before Watchmen titles have dealt with real-world situations, the Dr. Manhattan series has been more of a flight of fancy.

The science fiction tale takes a serious look at the old "path not taken" nugget, as the blue hero examines his past life in extreme detail and realizes that he faces a decision that will not only change his life, but also that of every living creature.

It's a thoughtful, intelligent and well-crafted story by J. Michael Straczynski.

The art by Adam Hughes is, of course, wonderful (although it's still odd to read the story of a blue guy who spends the issue walking around buck naked). His characters are stunning and lifelike, his layouts are creative and the storytelling always clear and easy to follow.

As always, the high quality of the Before Watchmen series is impressive - each has its own take on the original tale, and it doesn't hurt that the starting point is one of the top stories in the history of comics - but kudos to DC for living up to the premise. So far.

Grade: A-



Dwayne said...

My only complaint about this story is that it seems to be covering already know territory, albeit with a slightly different spin. Compare this to the Rorschach or Silk Spectre stories which are completely new material from the original Watchmen story.

Chuck said...

Dwayne, excellent point - I agree.