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If you didn't want to know the ending, then you shouldn't have read Watchmen,
This review is from: Before Watchmen: Nite Owl / Dr. Manhattan HC (Hardcover)
The stories from the mini-series Nite Owl (4 issues) and Dr. Manhattan (4 issues) are collected, along with Moloch (2 issues) as Before Watchmen: Nite Owl / Dr. Manhattan 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 only read two of the collected editions so far, but each one has contained superbly scripted stories, with excellent artwork. 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. The stories in this volume contain secret origins for Nite Owl, Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan and Moloch, as well as for Ozymandias's plot to not destroy the Earth. They are all written by J. Michael Straczynski, and if anyone can deal with the complexities of quantum physics and this story, it is he - see his Babylon 5 TV series for the proof.
This story tells the secret origin of Dr. Manhattan as well as for Ozymandias's plot to not destroy the Earth. This story looks in depth at the problems faced by Dr. Manhattan when he goes back to look at his earlier life and discovers that he didn't die in that particle chamber, but lived a long and happy life until the Comedian started World War III during the Cuban Missile Crisis... There is a reason why time travel is not a good idea, and he eventually has to recruit Ozymandias to `fix' everything, which appears to pull the rug out from under everything we `knew' in the original Watchmen series This story also leads into the Moloch mini-series.
This superbly-written and illustrated story contains the secret origins of Nite Owl and Rorschach, and tells of their first meeting and subsequent friendship and teaming-up. It is a fairly straightforward and extremely entertaining story, but there are many aspects of it that will resonate for readers of the wider story. This story makes the scenes in the original Watchmen series of Rorschach's turning to the `dark side' much, much sadder, for example. It also gives us a look at why Nite Owl has a `thing' for girls with red hair and tight costumes... There is also a foreshadowing of the potential problem to be caused by Rorschach's Diary in the proposed tell-all memoirs of the first Nite Owl, and the different choices made by both characters. That story is dealt with in more depth in the Minutemen series/volume. That is another element of this/these series, the interconnectedness of everything - the editorial staff must have had nightmares keeping the plot-threads so tangled.
This story contains the secret origin of the villain Moloch, but is mainly concerned with his subsequent repentance and reformation, and then his recruitment by Adrian Veidt, as the apparent result of the events of the Dr. Manhattan mini-series - though it is obvious that Veidt is up to something else, and I look forward to reading his mini-series for that version of events. However, here we see Moloch's actions in the original Watchmen series from his perspective, and once again, we see that there is/was more going on than we suspected...