OK, I don't write reviews very often, only if I have particularly strong feelings on something. Having read the reviews on the site about "Judgment Day", and being a masive fan of Alan Moore, I could not wait to read this book. The mean front cover also had me salivating with anticipation.
I'm sorry to say that I was sorely disappointed.
The foreword says that "Judgment Day progresses naturally as a follow up to Watchmen". A pretty bold statment in my opinion, as "Watchmen" is widely regarded as being one of the best comic book series of all time! What makes Watchmen work is the characters... you build up real feelings towards them, and as events unfold around them, you can't help but root for them. The characters in Judgment Day are largely a load of rubbish ripoffs from the Marvel and DC universe, and there's no real focus on any of them. I didn't care whether Knightsabre was guilty or innocent, because I don't know a thing about him! Maybe fans of the Youngblood series will love this, but to me, all of those characters looked like poor caricatures of Liefeld's earlier work on New Mutants/X-Force.
The action was also pretty fragmented, with every few pages being interupted with a series of flash backs throughout Earth's history that set the scene for the story.
This book really lacks the humanity, or the ingenious that I normally associate with Moore. Maybe it's because he's writing someone elses characters?
The artwork from Rob Liefeld (who I am also a fan of) was sub-standard. Characters looked very nice, if over-exagerated, but where were the backgrounds? There are some nice pages illustrated by different artists throughout the book, for example, the Tarzan homage or the vintage style Storybook Smith pages.
I couldn't wait to put this book down so I could forget about it. Think I'll go and read "Top 10" or "V for Vendetta" to take the taste of Judgment Day away...