Published: June 6th, 2012 – January 23rd, 2013
Written by: Darwyn Cooke
Art by: Darwyn Cooke, Dave Stewart
Based on: Watchmen by Alan Moore
DC Comics, 164 Pages
Working my way through all of the Before Watchmen stuff has finally brought me to the story about the Minutemen. I was excited about this one, beforehand, as it is the one chapter in the saga that focuses on the earliest stuff in the Watchmen timeline. Plus, I was excited to see Darwyn Cooke’s take on Alan Moore’s stupendous universe.
Overall, this was a good, solid read. Cooke’s art style, here, really encapsulated the feel of the World War II era. All the characters looked fantastic in their sort of pulpy ’40s style.
The story shows how the Minutemen came together but the most interesting part of the story is the dynamic between the team members and how they’re all pretty damaged people having to play up appearances for the public.
Cooke tackles a lot of issues within the pages of this collection without being too heavy handed about it. Frankly, it just works and works well.
I liked seeing and understanding these characters at a deeper level because as great as they all were in the original Watchmen story, they didn’t have much time to shine with the events of that book being focused on the heroes that became their heirs.
Pairs well with: other Before Watchmen stories, as well as Watchmen and Doomsday Clock.