Before Watchmen: Nite Owl / Dr. Manhattan : Nite Owl / Dr. Manhattan, Hardback Book

Before Watchmen: Nite Owl / Dr. Manhattan : Nite Owl / Dr. Manhattan Hardback

3.5 out of 5 (7 ratings)

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* The controversial, long-awaited prequels to the best-selling graphic novel of all-time are finally here: BEFORE WATCHMEN!

For over twenty years, the back stories of the now iconic characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's landmark graphic novel have remained a mystery - until now! * Discover what happened before Watchmen as writer J.

Michael Straczynski is joined by Andy Kubert and the legendary Joe Kubert to take flight with the gadget-savvy vigilante known as Nite Owl! And, in Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan, JMS teams with fan-favorite artist Adam Hughes on the all-powerful super-man Dr. Manhattan. For Dr. Manhattan, past, present, and future are one and the same.

But as he observes the events of his life, do they remain the same? Or are they changed? The very fact of his existence may have altered the nature of what will or will not be...* Collects Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1-4 and Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1-4.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Superheroes
  • ISBN: 9781401238940

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4.5

A excellent set of prequels to The Watchman, with the development of Nite Owl & Dr Manhattan in particular, the focus. Great art, good story telling & some extras like preliminary sketches & alternative covers @ the back, make this a good buy. Whilst this might not be pure Alan Moore canon it remains enjoyable, with some of the most memorable characters in comic book history.

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When I first heard about the <I>Before Watchmen</i> series, I was somewhat curious but mostly skeptical. My opinion was that the original graphic novel provided a great deal of back story on its characters already (one of the many reasons I love that book so much), so this would be superfluous. Add to the mix that the original author as well the illustrator of <i>Watchmen</i> were neither involved in the project, and my doubts were high. Still, curiosity prevailed and I finally decided to check out <i>Before Watchmen</i>, starting with the bound book covering Nite Owl and Dr. Manhattan. Besides my unbeatable curiosity, another thing this book had going for it was that DC had gathered a team of highly prized creators to helm this effort. In the original novel, Nite Owl/Dan Dreiberg was one of my favorite characters but also the one with the least back story, so it was a given that I’d want to read his prequel. Turns out I was rather disappointed. Dan struck me as one the nicest and least problematic characters in the original book, someone who simply got in to the costumed hero business because he idolized the first Nite Owl so much. Here he is given an abusive past with a father who victimized Dan’s mother while he was unable to help. There are also several allusions to the first Nite Owl having done something horrible, which was again sad to see, as he also struck a chord as a genuinely “good guy” in the original novel. Furthermore, this section of the book doesn’t read like <i>Watchmen</i>; it’s more or less any costumed hero getting his bearings, finding mentors and partners, and getting ensnared by a buxom woman - in this case, a high-class madam who seems to be a masked vigilante herself. As a superhero story, it’s entertaining escapism; as part of the <i>Watchmen</i> universe, it simply isn’t up to par. Likewise, the illustrations throughout are well done, but they are also pretty standard fare for comics in terms of being straightforward grid sequencing. This section’s rating is only three stars in my opinion.As he wasn’t really a beloved character for me in the original story, I probably wouldn’t have read Dr. Manhattan’s prequel if it weren’t included in the same bound book with Nite Owl. In this case, that ended up being a good thing. I really enjoyed this part of the book, which touched on deeper themes and gave the reader pause for thought. While a lot of Dr. Manhattan’s back story was already explored in the original <i>Watchmen</i>, new details are created here, including 10-year-old Jon’s harrowing escape from Nazis – an event that later played in to his watchmaker father’s decision to abandon his trade and spurred Jon into his career as a physicist. We also see the building blocks here of the main crux of the <i>Watchmen</i> conflict and climax, with a brief look into the thoughts of Adrian Veidt as he pulls the wool over the Dr. Manhattan and talks him into re-creating his energy signature. The illustrations are far more interesting here, and there’s more creative license taken with the comics layout. My particular favorite is when the book literally reverses as we’re pulled into Veidt’s thoughts, a very clever and effective device. While this still isn’t exactly <i>Watchmen</i>, this seems like a suitable homage to it and a worthy contribution to its universe. I’d rate this section with all five stars. An unexpected bonus at the end of the book is the inclusion of the back story to Moloch, one of the longtime enemies of the Minutemen/Watchmen. Being a relatively minor character in the original story, his background was really never explored nor one that seemed necessary to do so. The origins imagined here is comparatively trite – he looks funny, people make fun of him, he turns to crime in revenge. The real piece of interest here is again seeing how Veidt manipulates Moloch in to being a player in his master plan without revealing the details of that scheme. The religious overtones in this one were perhaps a bit much, but it did bring another layer to the story at hand. Like with the first section, the illustrations here are well done but nothing particularly spectacular. This section gets a three and a half star rating. Overall, I do appreciate how the creators here were able to fashion something new out of an older story, incorporating elements of the original novel throughout but without necessarily simply re-creating them nor entirely re-imagining them. It’s more like they took the original events and discovered new life around them, putting them into a broader context. Inevitably, these <i>Before Watchmen</i> comics will strike strong chords – purists will hate anyone touching the source material while those just wishing there was more <i>Watchmen</i> to read will eagerly clamor towards them. For myself, I found this title both sadly lacking (the Nite Owl story), surprisingly on target (the Dr. Manhattan story), and giving new perspective (the Moloch story). While I wasn’t overwhelmed by what I found in its pages, it was certainly well done enough that I will go on to seek out further titles in the <i>Before Watchmen</i> series.

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These were all better than I expected. DC hired some top talent to do them.

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3

This volume contains the stories of Dr. Manhattan and Nite Owl. Nite Owl's story featured and focused on Rorschach almost as much as it did Nite Owl and to be honest I liked this version and story better then I did his own book. Dr. Manhattan's story was high science and almost confusing at times, but once I got the hang of it the premise was amazing. Moloch's story was sad but I was glad to see that part of the story filled in. I had always wondered whether he was a willing participant.

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This volume contains the stories of Dr. Manhattan and Nite Owl. Nite Owl's story featured and focused on Rorschach almost as much as it did Nite Owl and to be honest I liked this version and story better then I did his own book. Dr. Manhattan's story was high science and almost confusing at times, but once I got the hang of it the premise was amazing. Moloch's story was sad but I was glad to see that part of the story filled in. I had always wondered whether he was a willing participant.

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