Before Watchmen: Ozymandias / Crimson Corsair HC Hardcover – 11 Jul 2013
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"The real star here, perhaps more than any of the other [BEFORE WATCHMEN] books, is Jae Lee's stunning art.... " "Mtv Geek" "Granted, those pictures are breathtaking, and Jae Lee's artwork makes Ozymandias the most visually distinct of the Before Watchmen titles." "Onion AV Club""
About the Author
Len Wein co-created SWAMP THING early in a writing career that has included work on every major hero and villain at both DC Comics and Marvel Comics. As a writer, Wein is also credited with co-creating Wolverine for Marvel and Lucius Fox for DC. Wein was one of the editors on WATCHMEN, and has also been Editor-in-Chief at both Marvel Comics and Disney Comics before settling in to a successful career writing comic books and animation.
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The “Before Watchmen” project consists of several mini-series, and includes:
‘Minutemen’ (six issues) - Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
‘Silk Spectre’ (four issues) - Writers: Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner. Artist: Amanda Conner
‘Comedian’ (six issues) - Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J. G. Jones
‘Nite Owl’ (four issues) - Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
‘Ozymandias’ (six issues) - Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
‘Rorschach’ (four issues) - Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
‘Dr. Manhattan’ (four issues) - Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes
‘Moloch’ (two issues) - Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Eduardo Risso
‘Dollar Bill’ (one-shot) - Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Steve Rude
These 37 issues draw on the classic “Watchmen” publication in many important ways, seeking to expend, enrich and deepen that fictional universe. While “Before Watchmen” lacks both the originality and genius that defined Moore and Gibbins’ work, it’s nonetheless a serious and substantial contribution to the saga (and is amongst the better of the instalments of ‘The New 52’ franchise).Read more ›
This is a straightforward life story of Adrian Veidt, from birth to the moment he kicks in the [spoiler]'s apartment door... [just in case you haven't read the original story]. The artwork appears [to me] to be in the style of the 1930s magazine and Sunday-page illustrators, giving it a strange [in a good way] distanced feel from the original series and retro-stories. However, the character is not quite there - or is, and I'm not getting it. Veidt is not a hero. He may be the world's smartest man, but he is not fighting crime for any moral purpose, it appears to just be for exercise. I have to say, after reading the Doctor Manhattan series, I was hoping for an in-depth study of his plotting, but it just drifts past as just part of the background.Read more ›
The story itself - a linear recount - leaves little room for suspense, however, and most damningly is the decision to (twice) recycle scenes from Moore's original wholesale, without any additional internal dialogue or narration, or even much deviation from the original art.
'Crimson Corsair' is a tribute to the 'Tales from the black freighter' sub-story from the original Watchmen. However, whilst the original was intercut with the main story, emphasising it's use in the subtext of the story, reading Crimson Corsair as a standalone story has less impact. However it's a well illustrated tale of what happens when the good intentions of a hero lead to damnation, but what was jarring was the faux-antique prose of the narration and the spoken dialogue, which might as well have been straight out of the mouth of a modern action-hero.
Overall this book is not essential reading, but a worthwhile curiosity for fans.
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Really enjoyed the whole series. Very well written/awesome art work.Published 8 months ago by T. Boy74
Well written and drawn, another take on the Watchverse but goes pretty well with the original. The Crimson Corsair part didn't float my boat as well as the Ozymandias section... Read morePublished 12 months ago by D I PORTER
I loved Watchmen and I'm loving before Watchmen, I was worried that these prequel comics wouldn't pack the same punch as Watchmen but they do. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Claire
Really great price- was over double this price in comic shop.Published 17 months ago by Mrs L Taylor
Really explains things that have happened in WATCHMEN more clearly; brilliant writing; excellent art work. I have all four books now!.Published on 1 Sept. 2013 by sonja