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FTN Review – Before Watchmen: Ozymandias

July 6th, 2012 by Jay Comments

Hello Nerd Followers, I’ve got some comic book reviews for you. I’m going to be reviewing all the stuff on my weekly pull list, as long as I can afford them that week. Needless to say, taking care of a 10 month old can take a toll on my wallet and my pull list. This week I pulled five comics, and here is the first of them:

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias written by Len Wein, art by Jae Lee

I know there have been a lot of calls for boycotting this entire line, but the fanboy in me couldn’t resist. I’ve really enjoyed some of the other titles, but with the different creative teams in place for each book, some have turned out better than others. Sadly, this book is in the others category.

Taking place right before Veidt puts his plan into motion that take place in the original book. This story is told mostly through flashback as Ozymandias looks back over his life and what has brought him to his present day plan. While this may have seemed like a good story, it doesn’t cover anything that we weren’t already told in the original Watchmen. There isn’t really any new revelations or surprises here if you’re already hip to the Watchmen. I did find it interesting that Veidt had plans for global conquest well before he donned the Ozymandias persona. He was never trying to be a hero to begin with.

The art is pretty well done, including a great scene of a bully’s knee being snapped in half. I also dug the the sci-fi movie poster that would one day play a key role in a future Veidt’s plans. Overall, a decent read with some good art, but if you’ve already read Watchmen before, this book offers nothing new.

2 out of 5 Nerds

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Jay says that he is a writer, martial artist, sketcher, and dreamer but mostly just a husband and father. Since getting married to the wonderful and patient woman of his dreams, and becoming a father (of two young boys), he has fallen into the category of 'lapsed nerd' as he is a former RPer, Live Role-Player, and comic book junkie. Science fiction and fantasy books are the staple of his shelves - both in terms of books and movies ... however, he's never seen Star Wars (any of them) but please don't hold that against him! He is currently trying to find a medical cure for the thing called sleep, as it is interferring with the thing he calls life. If you want to know more about him go to