Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Thoughts - Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1

Title: Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1 
Writer: Darwyn Cooke
Penciller: Darwyn Cooke
Other info link: Here

Never before have I opened a comic and wanted it to bad. I'm not going to bore you with the details of why I would wish this on Alan Moore's now defiled characters as the controversy is well documented in the echelons of the internet. I wanted to to be flawed and crude. Instead I was sucked right into one of the best first issue comics I have ever read (not that you can trust my judgment, I love Earth 2 remember)

The artwork manages to keep the 'feel' of the original Watchmen using very uniform panels and a low colour pallet while taking advantage of more modern artistic staples including the superior printing techniques we are now very accustomed to (not grainy and newspaper like the Watchmen book that I know so well.) The story is not told or crafted but recounted in a loving way that shares much with Alan Moore's own early style.

The characters through all only appearing in the issue for a about a page each as they are listed and remembered by a retired Night Owl are individual and distinctly recognizable.

It looks like the story is going to follow the formation of the Minutemen from the very start (as we all expected I think) and it's a story that as much as I protested I do want to read.

We are even treated to some glorious pirate imagery at the end to kick off what looks to be a wonderful series.

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