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Before Watchmen: Comedian/Rorschach (Beyond Watchmen)
 
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Before Watchmen: Comedian/Rorschach (Beyond Watchmen) [Kindle Edition]

Brian Azzarello , J.G. Jones , Lee Bermejo
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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"Azzarello is a perfect fit to give someone as unbalanced as The Comedian a back story."-- "Huffington Post ""I should have realized that if there was any writer able to take a genuinely bad person and make him endearing, it's Azzarello."--"IGN"

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The controversial, long-awaited prequels to the best-selling graphic novel of all-time are finally here: BEFORE WATCHMEN! For over twenty years, the back stories of the now iconic characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's landmark graphic novel have remained a mystery, until now. DC Comics has assembled the greatest creators in the industry to further paint the world of WATCHMEN, with this second volume starring two of the most polarizing anti-heroes ever, COMEDIAN and RORSCHACH.

Eisner Award-winning writer and creator of 100 Bullets Brian Azzarello brings his gritty, nuanced storytelling to these two recognizable characters. In RORSCHACH, Azzarello again teams with superstar artist Lee Bermejo (JOKER, LUTHOR, BATMAN/DEATHBLOW) to illustrate how one of most dangerous vigilantes the comic world has ever seen became even darker. COMEDIAN, featuring art by J.G. Jones (FINAL CRISIS, Wanted), plants the famed war hero within the context of American history, as we find out how the Vietnam War and the Kennedy assassination revolve around him.

Collects BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN 1-6 and BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH 1-4.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 145851 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (16 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CXY58LM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #265,094 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag.... 17 Aug 2013
By Ste26
Format:Hardcover
Below I have given each of the separate stories a score out of five.

Before Watchmen Comedian - ****
Before Watchmen Rorschach - **

Personally the comedian story I did enjoy. Out of all the characters in the original Watchmen novel comedian, he was probably the least engaged with by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, so it was interesting to learn some of the back story here. Without spilling the beans too much, throughout Edward Blake's prequel you see an interesting relationship with the president form and relive the comedians call up and departure form Vietnam. The art is also neat, its nothing jaw dropping but certainly not bad in anyway.

On the other hand the Rorschach story felt rushed and incomplete somehow. Being probably the most popular of the bunch from Watchmen I expected this prequel to be the most developed and thorough. The art and coloring was not too my liking either, I understand the need to reinforce the dark morality and grittiness of a character such as Rorschach but I thought Azzarello and Bermejo took this a bit too far.

If your a big fan of Watchmen then I would give this a try, but wouldn't make it a must read, hopefully the other Before Watchmen novels are an improvement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best! 17 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover
Oh dear, Really poor all round. The Comedian is as hollow a story as you'll find in comics. Really stiff art work as well . Too many photo referenced likenesses really don't help. As far removed from the original Watchmen as you will find. Rorschach is better but then it's not hard. There are better things to spend your money on. The weakest of the Before Watchmen books by far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The stories from the mini-series Comedian (6 issues) and Rorschach (4 issues) are collected as Before Watchmen: Comedian / Rorschach HC. These stories, set (obviously) before the events of the 25 year-old Watchmen TP International Edition mini-series slot flawlessly into the continuity. I have read three of the collected editions so far, and though the previous two volumes have contained superbly scripted stories, with excellent artwork, this collection somehow didn't work for me at all. However, all the stories have managed to capture the feel of the original, add depth to the back-stories, and contribute their own twists to the overall plot, while being excellent, occasionally brilliant, stories in their own right.

COMEDIAN
Well he didn't shoot Kennedy - not that one, anyway - but Marilyn, well, that's another story. The stories follow the Comedian from his time as close confidante of the Kennedys - really, he was arresting Moloch when the news broke; through his time in Viet-Nam, setting up the American drug trade to finance their black-ops, to actually inciting American military action, triggering race riots in the US, all the way to My-Lai, and on to Chicago. The stories may have meant more to American audiences, but they seemed to be showing a sort of growing corruption in the various American institutions, with no-one able to control, direct or stop events that were spiralling out of control, and taking the Comedian along for the ride.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a dissapointment 26 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Simply because of the Comedian story arc, this is probably the weakest of the 'Before Watchmen' series. The Comedian's tale simply didn't work for me, not least because it didn't seem to fit well with the continuity from either the original story, or the other 'Before Watchmen' editions. The character's experiences in Vietnam jar with the 'Minutemen' story, as does his political stance. The aim seems to be to eke out some sympathy, but it just seems forced, and is far too long an arc. I'll re-read it, but I can't see it helping.

Rorschach's arc is better, but I couldn't help feeling that superior material was used in the Nite Owl arc, which explored the character's past experiences to a greater degree, not to mention his bond with Dreiberg - which was closer to Moore's concept that the two characters were flip sides of the same coin. The story here is just a bit forgettable and doesn't add much to the overall saga at all.
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