When I got a tablet several months ago, I experimented a bit with e-comics. But as has happened several times in the past, my enthusiasm for comics has waned for the last few years.
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While reading them, I wondered if I was being too harsh on them since these are only the first issues of issue series. Any judgment of them is like judging the first chapter of a book. And no thanks. What say we start unpacking some of our stuff? Not comparable to him being throw out a window, but the slow open is a valid choice, too.
But he does break down over the death of JFK at the end of the book a tough guy break down—takes a swig of whiskey and squeezes the shoulder of another guy , so perhaps the thematic implication is that the Comedian was turned into a monster when the dream of Camelot died. Nite Owl probably has the best opening. When I was wondering a couple of months ago whether this series should even exist, I suggested that a new Watchmen should be audacious rather than reverential.
The art, the panel layouts are very typical for modern superhero comics, not matching the unusually geometric 9 panel framework that Watchmen established. Which the character uses three times in one page of the Nite Owl book, as compared with only three times total in the first issue of Watchmen. There are now a lot of books like it. Michael Straczynski, writer of Nite Owl and Dr.
Manhattan , has even written a couple himself, the less than stellar Rising Stars and the excellent Supreme Power the first series of which is probably my favorite of the revisionist superhero genre after Watchmen. Now most superhero comics attempt to inject a sense of realism into their fantasy, and many many of them have put their heroes through the grimdark wringer. As best I can tell from these first four issues, nothing much. I was surprised to see that it has been mostly positive. This interview with Darwyn Cooke makes me a little more forgiving of his self-deprecating Minutemen opening.
Though I doubt I will put myself through the expense or emotional turmoil of reading the rest of the series, I will keep an eye on the reviews. Apparently, Joe Straczynski is upset. The so-called blogosphere, comics section, has been calling out JMS on something he said on a panel at C2E2. So has everyone at this table.
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Worse was Siegal and Shuster. Worse was a lot of people. With that caveat, I still think this brings up some interesting issues around Alan Moore and Watchmen. It would be, perhaps, interesting to see how we got to the conclusion. In , Moore told Wired that DC offered him the rights to Watchmen back earlier that week, if he would agree to prequel and sequel projects.
Moore said that "if they said that 10 years ago, when I asked them for that, then yeah it might have worked But these days I don't want Watchmen back. Certainly, I don't want it back under those kinds of terms. Following months of rumors about a potential Watchmen follow-up project, in February DC announced seven prequel limited series under the "Before Watchmen" banner: Rorschach , Minutemen , Dr.
The books were written by J.
Every issue featured a two-page installment of the backup series "Curse of the Crimson Corsair" written by Len Wein and drawn by original Watchmen colorist John Higgins. The backup was inspired by the Tales of the Black Freighter story within a story from the original Watchmen. A Before Watchmen: Epilogue one-shot was announced but never published. The original series of Watchmen is the complete story that Alan Moore and I wanted to tell. However, I appreciate DC's reasons for this initiative and the wish of the artists and writers involved to pay tribute to our work. May these new additions have the success they desire.
What the comics industry has effectively said is, 'Yes, this was the only book that made us briefly special and that was because it wasn't like all the other books.
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What they've decided now is, 'So, let's change it to a regular comic that can run indefinitely and have spin-offs. Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl , recounts his exploits with The Minutemen during the s, while in the midst of his retirement, he faces opposition to the publication of his tell-all autobiography, Under the Hood in the early s. Although it heavily retconned certain characters' backstories by suggesting that a large part of Under the Hood was dirty lies and cover ups, it debuted to positive reviews.
Writers: Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner. Artist: Amanda Conner . The story follows Laurie Jupiter as she rebels against her mother Sally's efforts for Laurie to replace her as the Silk Spectre.
Laurie runs away with her boyfriend to discover herself in the San Francisco counterculture of the s. The story debuted to mixed reviews. Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J. Jones .
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The story reveals the Comedian 's history with the Kennedy family during his exploits in the violent Vietnam Era. It debuted to mostly negative reviews. Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert . Most definitely one to watch. Please don't get me wrong, there's an awful lot to admire here - Amanda Conner continues to turn in career-best work here and, with the assistance of Paul Mounts, her pages are a joy to behold. The nods to the original are magnificent too - this month, check out Greg printing up a copy of the poster we see the police examining in the 'Fearful Symmetry' chapter of Watchmen!
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Cooke also continues to make Laurie a fully-rounded character - he's actually adding something rather than simply rehashing. The problem for me comes with the threat: Frank Sinatra in all but name is behind one of Watchmen 's nominal drugs KT-5 though by , it's KT as a ploy to improve consumption and record sales? After such a strong start, I felt suddenly underwhelmed by this development, and I suppose I had just hoped for a little more.
With only two more issues left, I guess this will be the central conflict for Laurie. Overall, it's not bad, but after such a strong start, I'd hoped for more. Although obviously set in the world of Watchmen , the tone here feels a lot different than gritty Cold War stylings of Moore and Gibbons' original work. In fact, there are points where Silk Spectre comes a cross like a psychedelically-enhanced, adult-orientated version of Scooby Doo with its druggy, '60s hippy vibe. If that sounds like a criticism, it's not, because Cooke's tale of Laurie getting mixed up in a plot to introduce a drug into the Counter Culture that makes all the hipsters get a thirst for rampant consumerism is eminently engaging, and Conner's art - in the classic 9-panel grid style - is luxuriantly rendered, evoking not only the reality of the era but the comics of that period too, weaving in several nods to Gibbons work on Watchmen.
More than any other of the Before Watchmen books, this one seems intent on doing its own thing, and it may just be all the better for taking that approach. While previous writers took to turning the life of Matt Murdock inside out, Waid is actually taking the man himself, breaking him down to his base elements and showing the audience just how this hero works, functions and survives as a Man Without Fear. He's never really been out of the picture, having been crafting superhero stories for a good 20 years or so, but his recent work on the likes of Irredeemable and especially Daredevil has shown that he has the kind of grasp on the classic superhero paradigm that few can match.
His instinctive understanding of all of the genre tropes means he' s extremely well placed to find new ways to interpret them and locate story ideas that have a freshness and vitality to them. Samnee provides another marvellous representation of how Murdock perceives his surroundings, a visual device this series has rightly been acclaimed for, and he injects the Latverian environment with a suitably gothic atmosphere.
If you want to get an idea of why everyone raves about this book then this issue provides a stellar example off how Waid has brought both the character and book out of the darkness and into the spotlight of brilliance. I cannot applaud this superb writer enough for his ability to bring a single question, issue or perspective to a comic book storyline and address things so well from a multitude of character angles - seriously, he rarely leaves a base untouched and in the same stroke ensures that this reader never gets bored by repetition or lingering monotony.
The current arc featuring David Graves and his revenge plot against the JL has been a compelling read, and - yes!
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