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FTN reviews Before Watchmen: MinuteMen #3

August 30th, 2012 by Christopher Williams Comments

Story and Art by Darwyn Cooke

I’m not going to lie. When I first picked this book up off the shelf I was sincerely disappointed at what felt like 10 pages in my hand for a cover price of $3.99. Glad I got it anyway.

I’ve been super critical of the series as whole for just dredging us through old and familiar territory. Here we finally get a deeper look into the forerunners of the Crime Busters, the MinuteMen. This issue deals with the dissolution of the relationship between The Comedian and the rest of the crew as they debate how to handle Comedian’s assault on Silk Spectre. This scene is a great example why I love the Comedian so much, even if he comes off as an ass he always tells it like it is. The way he manhandles Hooded Justice and threatens Captain Metropolis was pure awesomeness.

Elsewhere we see Nite Owl and Silhouette strike up a friendship that grows beyond the masks and code names. Poor Hollis, if only he knew that Justice and Metropolis weren’t the only gay ones in the group. He comes to her rescue when she goes on a mission gone wrong.

One thing I really liked about this issue was the juxtaposition between how the characters are in real life versus how they are portrayed in their own in universe comic book.  The art at first threw me off as little too kiddie for a comic that drops F’bombs, but It works here. Halfway through I started to enjoy that clever irony as well. I am finally starting to see an upswing in this line of books and I’m hoping it will only get better.

3.5 out of 5 nerds

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Christopher is self-billed as the World's Coolest Nerd (meaning he wears glasses and is clumsy, but he never earned good marks in school). He loves all things Star Wars and superhero related such as comics, books, cartoons and movies. He's a husband and father who somehow manages to keep up with his pastimes since his day job mainly consists of sitting around a store with not much to do. He's very outspoken and wants to share his opinions with the world, or at least his fellow nerds. You can follow him on Twitter @AUDone44.