Before Watchmen: Minutemen 3 (October 2012)

875222Poor Hollis, in love with a girl who doesn’t know he exists. Strangely, Cooke doesn’t narrate the book well when Hollis–in the sixties–is commenting directly on his younger self’s actions. The narration does work otherwise though.

The charm of Minutemen is gone. Once again, there’s a meta reference to it in Hollis’s opening narration. What remains is a destruction of the Golden Age ideal. It’s a good comic, but Cooke seems to be doing it in embrace the cynicism.

I can’t decide if he’s doing it as a way to interaction with Watchmen’s media legacy or if he’s doing it as a joke. If he’s laughing at the idea of doing a sequel to a work without the original writer’s involvement. If he’s calling Before Watchmen fanfic and nothing more.

Regardless, Cooke produces a thought-provoking comic book, both in its story and also free of those constraints.


The Minute of Truth, Chapter Three: Child’s Play; writer and artist, Darwyn Cooke; colorist, Phil Noto; letterer, Jared K. Fletcher. The Curse of the Crimson Corsair, The Evil That Men Do, Part Three; writer, artist and colorist, John Higgins; letterer, Sal Cipriano. Editors, Wil Moss, Camilla Zhang and Mark Chiarello; publisher, DC Comics.

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