Well that was a bigger hiatus than I had intended of making. It was positive, however, in that it allowed me to summarize my thoughts a bit better for this comic. To begin with, this comic was heartbreaking. While we knew what would happen to these characters before this comic started, I was personally not ready for it. Darwyn Cooke’s characters have come to life in a way I never thought possible, and his title has been greater than anyone deserved. So before I get too ahead of myself, here is what I liked:
1. We learn more about what happened to Byron (Mothman), we also see his and Hollis’ friendship take off even further.
2. Silk Spectre is now a bad ass. Cooke not only made Laurie bad ass in her solo comic, but makes Sally’s explode into multiple dimensions.
3. We get some hints as to what made the Comedian the Comedian.
4. Hooded Justice’s character becomes even more mysterious, and more intriguing.
Rating before reading: 10
Rating after reading: 10
I’m not going to whine about this comic being perfect for a second issue in a row. It was spot on. Not only that, it revolutionizes not only Cooke’s work on Minutemen, but makes the orignal Watchmen that much more poignant. Cooke gave character and history to those who had none, and under his control these characters have blossomed into characters all worthy of their own books. Cooke’s art drives the feel of the story, and he masterfully is able to show the subtle growths of each character as time marches forward in his book. While I had hoped this series would have avoided the specific issue it dealt with, it was a fitting end for my favorite character, and it was amazing to see just how much the loss of a teammate had on the other characters in the book. So if you, or someone you know isn’t reading this story, then correct that mistake now. If you read Watchmen, this story perfectly matches the feel and tone of that book issue by issue. It in no way steps on anything Alan Moore created, only fleshes out what he didn’t touch.
Until the next time, don’t be Mister Silly.