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Before Watchmen: Minutemen #2 Review

Written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke.

Minutemen #2 CoverWhat to expect from a prequel: things that are expressed and implied in the original work are shown in more detail. Enjoyment of the second part of Cooke’s exploration of the superteam, the Minutemen, will depend of how the relevations of Watchmen piqued the reader.

Initially, we are taken forward to a 1962 conversation between Larry and Hollis Mason. A few pages later we get back to 1939 and the first adventures of the Minutemen. The flashback only reveals Hollis holding a deep regret. Cooke properly gives each member a distinct personality. Dollar Bill’s earnestness and Silhouette’s concern for children are new to the Watchmen universe.

See also: Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1 Review!

One journey busting Italian smugglers doesn’t go smoothly. I appreciate how each part of the Watchmen can make a cohesive whole at the advent of World War II. Mothman has some action this issue. I get the impression that the other Minutemen feel that Mothman is really smart for creating the ability to soar. It’s a setup to his eventual and unfortunate fate. Continue reading “Before Watchmen: Minutemen #2 Review”

Before Watchmen: Curse of the Crimson Corsair Part 2 Quick Review

Written by Len Wein, art by John Higgins.

Panels from Curse of the Crimson CorsairHere’s a quick background to “Curse.” Pirate comics are all the rage in the world of Watchmen and, I’m assuming, Before Watchmen. People have familiar, first-hand knowledge of the superhero. Pirate comics became an alternate form of popular entertainment.

In the original “Tales of the Black Freighter” story by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, a pirate takes a grueling journey to save people from the Black Freighter threat and to redeem himself. Some commentaries state that this is a parallel to Adrian “Ozymandias” Veidt’s path in the Watchmen series.

Tales is integrated within the main Watchmen story. In Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1 (I’m also assuming the other BW stories), Curse is a backup feature. For me, the current 4 pages of Curse plods along as published. This is likely because Curse is being spread around the stories of BW. This isn’t the best execution. I would’ve preferred those 2 pages I read in the back of Minutemen #1 to have more main story from Darwyn Cooke. Continue reading “Before Watchmen: Curse of the Crimson Corsair Part 2 Quick Review”