Before Watchmen: Comedian #2 Review
By Andy Frisk
Aug 6, 2012 - 21:02
Writer(s): Brian Azzarello
Penciller(s): J.G. Jones
Inker(s): J.G. Jones
Colourist(s): Alex Sinclair
Letterer(s): Clem Robbins
Cover Artist(s): J.G. Jones
Actually, maybe the point is that Blake and his friends, as representatives of the American war hungry military industrial complex, are all horrible creatures and there's no redemption to be found anywhere in the pages of Before Watchmen: Comedian where these characters are concerned. We are to look for any sort of redeeming characters and qualities, historical or fictional, elsewhere. Silk Spectre and Nite Owl are both characters with redeeming qualities. In fact, at the end of Watchmen they really are the only ones left standing that are respectable at all, and their prequel books do have rays of hope in them. Everywhere one looks in Before Watchmen: Comedian though, there is corruption, evil, lack of concern for human life, and the kind of base callousness that is almost (almost...I say) impossible to imagine.
Neither does artist J.G. Jones. His work has always amazed me with its attention to detail and ability to capture a scene masterfully, and at times disturbingly. He brings RFK, Ali, the historical time period, and the exotic locale of Vietnam and Southeast Asia to brilliantly realistic life. The violence and horror of Blake's actions are sublimely horrific, here much more so than in the original Watchmen, at least visually.
There is no hope, redeeming quality, or anything positive about the human race, its institutions and its immorally motivated men of power in Before Watchmen: Comedian. Once you figure out that that's the point here, it's much easier to sit back and enjoy the debauched ride.