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Writer Brian Azzarello brings his gritty, nuanced storytelling to these two unforgettable characters. COMEDIAN, featuring art by J.G. Jones (FINAL CRISIS, Wanted), plants the famed war hero within the context of modern American history, as we discover the role he played in the Vietnam War and the Kennedy assassination. In RORSCHACH, Azzarello teams with artist Lee Bermejo (JOKER, LUTHOR) to show how one of most dangerous vigilantes the comics world has ever seen became even darker. Collects BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN #1-6 and BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH #1-4.


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Part 1: Comedian 0

I wasn't going to bother with any of the Before Watchmen titles, but a friend lent this to me and it added a nice break from my usual stuff. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised. Brian Azzarello has carved out quite a story with Comedian. And I found a new favorite artist in J.G. Jones. His work in these pages is great; his covers, spectacular. This story, quite obviously, takes us through the lives of the members of the Watchmen before Alan Moore's beloved tale. Many fans were opposed to such an ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

One of the Better Before Watchmens 0

Finally finished reading all the Before Watchmen comics. This one was the quickest out of the volumes, but don't let that be a negative. It may have been a quick read, but it was probably one of the better volumes. Not as good as the Minutemen comics, but pretty damn close. This volume had what the others novels lacked though: the dark, gritty, violent, and uncomfortable side that Alan Moore delivered.The Comedian's part I liked because it used a lot of that alternative history that Watchme...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Nothing New, Nothing Important 0

This was not good. Again we have the ubiquitous "knowing winks" to the "real fans" of Watchmen, with the bloody smiley faces, the Rorschach blots, and on and on - but none of them are clever or meaningful or trenchant. They just irritate and magnify how inferior this tripe is compared to the original. Apparently we are supposed to revel in the violence, gore, grotesque, and obscenity. Watchmen has its share of violence and language (and nudity), but it is not an endless litany of vulgarities and...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
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