Before Watchmen: Ozymandias / Crimson Corsair HC, Hardback Book

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias / Crimson Corsair HC Hardback

3.5 out of 5 (6 ratings)

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

For over twenty years, the backstories of the now iconic characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's landmarkgraphic novel have remained a mystery - until now!

The team of legendary writer Len Wein and acclaimed artist Jae Lee -in his first DC Comics' work in nearly a decade - delve into the mind ofthe smartest man in the world: Ozymandias.

How does one go from the son ofimmigrant parents to becoming the world's smartest man?

Adrian Veidt begins hisjourney, both spiritual and physical, that will one day make him one of the mostpivotal players in the world-changing events of Watchmen.Collects Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1-6 and "Curse of theCrimson Corsair."

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Superheroes
  • ISBN: 9781401238957

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The Ozymandias story really didn't turn my crank as I don't like the character and this did nothing to make me enjoy disliking him, as with some villains. The story however is very dark and gives some good insight into the background of the character from his boyhood onwards and how he became a self-made billionaire, his self-imposed God complex and his desire to save the world from itself, but also himself first and foremost. Lots of cross-over with the other characters who've been spotlighted especially Dr. Manhattan and the Comedian. I found the art more modern, rather than having the eighties feel of the other volumes I've read, which didn't stop me from enjoying it though. Next up is the Curse of the Crimson Corsair which upon first view one knows something is entirely different about this story. It can be read online for free at the publisher's website. I had no clue why a ghostly pirate story that had nothing to do with the Watchmen was included here until I realized this was an homage to the "Tales of the Black Freighter" story which ran inside the Watchmen as a story within a story. A totally unrelated story but a completely satisfying pirate ghost ship cum Davy Jones' Locker tale. Even if the ending was a bit rushed. And finally stuck onto the end is a one-shot background story of Dollar Bill. He's a very minor character and I was pleasantly surprised to really enjoy this tale of his background and sad demise.

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4

Another great installment in the Before Watchmen series. It focuses primarily on Ozymandias and fleshes out why he has such disdain for Dr. Manhattan, it also touches on his childhood and why he became a masked crime fighter. Also included in this collection is Crimson Corsair, the story of a pirate, the Flying Dutchman, and the price one pays to get his soul back. In the original graphic novel, Watchmen, the little boy on the street corner is always reading this comic. It's really cool that they brought it to life here. Also as a bonus, there is a little section on the rise and fall of Dollar Bill, it's not huge, but it's very enlightening.

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3

I thought Ozymandias' story was interesting. I could see how he got sucked into his plan and believing it was the only way to save the world. Ozymandias definitely led an interesting life and even though at first I was just reading it b/c I had plans to read all their stories I did enjoy it.<br/><br/>As far as Crimson Corsair goes, to be honest I had completely forgotten about that separate story line from Watchmen. I wasn't a big fan of the original component and this while slightly more appealing to me still didn't thrill me. There is nothing overtly wrong with it, and the artwork was pretty good, it just wasn't for me and putting it in with Ozymandias didn't really make sense to me either.<br/><br/>The Dollar Bill short at the end was also interesting. I liked getting another perspective on the beginnings of the Minutemen.

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I thought Ozymandias' story was interesting. I could see how he got sucked into his plan and believing it was the only way to save the world. Ozymandias definitely led an interesting life and even though at first I was just reading it b/c I had plans to read all their stories I did enjoy it.<br/><br/>As far as Crimson Corsair goes, to be honest I had completely forgotten about that separate story line from Watchmen. I wasn't a big fan of the original component and this while slightly more appealing to me still didn't thrill me. There is nothing overtly wrong with it, and the artwork was pretty good, it just wasn't for me and putting it in with Ozymandias didn't really make sense to me either.<br/><br/>The Dollar Bill short at the end was also interesting. I liked getting another perspective on the beginnings of the Minutemen.

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I thought Ozymandias' story was interesting. I could see how he got sucked into his plan and believing it was the only way to save the world. Ozymandias definitely led an interesting life and even though at first I was just reading it b/c I had plans to read all their stories I did enjoy it.<br/><br/>As far as Crimson Corsair goes, to be honest I had completely forgotten about that separate story line from Watchmen. I wasn't a big fan of the original component and this while slightly more appealing to me still didn't thrill me. There is nothing overtly wrong with it, and the artwork was pretty good, it just wasn't for me and putting it in with Ozymandias didn't really make sense to me either.<br/><br/>The Dollar Bill short at the end was also interesting. I liked getting another perspective on the beginnings of the Minutemen.

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