Friday, May 13, 2016

Reader's Diary #1312- J. Michael Straczynski (Writer), Andy Kubert (Art): Before Watchmen / Nite Owl

I was late getting around to Watchmen and I think this was largely the reason I was less than impressed. For one, it had been built up beyond reason and for another, I think plenty of better comics have followed. But, I've read enough history of comics to know that it was a game changer and I'm sure had I read it in its day it would have been mind blowing. What I'm trying to say is that like Rush, I respect the significance even if it's not really my thing.

Still, I was interested to learn that DC had recently produced a series of Before Watchmen comics. Not being a sacred cow for me, I was actually looking forward to it even without Alan Moore pulling writing duty. Maybe this time I'd actually like the characters. This is how I felt when I first heard that Baz Luhrmann was doing his thang with The Great Gatsby, by the way.

Alas, as with The Great Gatsby, I didn't like Before Watchmen either. Granted, I've read that Nite Owl was the worst of the series and I may have just started in the wrong place, but it was rather dull. Generic and uninteresting origin story (and I don't object to origin stories, for the record), and forced mature content to make it seem like a Watchmen story (read: a woman gets physically abused by her husband). Likewise the art was just serviceable.

I wouldn't mind the Watchmen becoming a larger series and surprised it's taken this long for someone to attempt it, actually, but I hope at some point someone does something with them that really grabs me.

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