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I just finished reading the final issues of Before Watchmen: Minutemen and BW: Silk Spectre. These were easily my favorite titles out of the group, and now I was wondering if any one had any thoughts on the series as it comes close to it's conclusion.
Theres been some pretty blatantly odd choices in the series of books, like rorscach meeting travis bickle or the villains plot in silk spectre, but overall I've enjoyed the output of the books, the characters feel less wooden and the story flows better than the original IMO except for the len wein stuff, i mean, i love wein for his contributions to comics, particularly the creation of wolverine and swamp thing, plus those episodes of batman tas he penned, but his writing is really dense considering the stories (which are pretty good)
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I thought the Taxi Driver reference was fun. Those sorts of cameos happen a lot, just not always as blatantly.
Personally Silk Spectre was once of my least favorites, a close second is ozymandias. The whole hippie thing in a turn off in general for me though.
as a whole, I really like the before watchmen.
I personally have not enjoyed any of Len Wein books for BW. I felt Ozymandias was retreading the original book's ideas/stories, and thought the Dollar Bill one-shot was completely unnecessary.
I loved Silk Spectre mainly due to Amanda Connor's artwork, which was stellar in all directions.
dude, it's FAMES revenge. geeze. Anyway I totally agree with you about her artwork. She is amazingly talented.
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@Jagedar: Have to agree about Dollar Bill and Silk Spectre. I loved Jae Lee's artwork in Ozymandias.
I've enjoyed almost every installment that I've read so far, but I'm a bit behind. I held off on reading Nite Owl 'til last week and surprisingly liked it. I'd have to say that Dr. Manhattan's was my favorite while Rorschach's was my least.
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Yeah Dr. Manhattan was great.
@Jagedar: Yeah, I just finished the last issue of Dr. Manhattan yesterday and was slightly annoyed at having to flip the book over a number of times but the book felt so much like Dr. Manhattan and I liked the overlap, couldn't think of the word for a second, with Ozymandias.
I honestly thought (except for the flipping) that Dr. Manhattan #4 was the one BW issue good enough to stand next to Moore's work. I thought it was excellent.
Rorscach's series is probably my favorite simply for shear entertainment value, its short, simple, and adds to the character in a meaningful and almost tragic way. There was a satisfaction to the ending panels, a closure for the character in a way, a "this is who he is and all he can ever be" sort of feeling, it had some pacing issues but I loved the simplicity of it even though its not technically the best series before watchmen has to offer, I also personally looked forward to reading it more than a lot of the other books in my pull
Being a fan of Lee Bermejo I loved Rorscach's art direction.
@Chaos @Jagedar: I have to agree that Rorschach's series did feel a lot like him and had gorgeous, consistent art to boot.
I found Ozymandias' to be in the same boat in terms of feel, with a lower score in the art department as his face always looked weird to me, but the very last panel and the way the series came together seemed very much Ozymandias-esque.