Luckily, this book benefits from great art and good writing by the very talented Darwyn Cooke; otherwise, it would have no saving grace. Even though the overall direction they chose to go with this book isn’t very intriguing, Mr. Cooke crafts a good story, and his art is astounding. He has incredibly expressive characters and utilizes interesting layouts. Of course, his work alone is no reason to run out and buy this book. If you want to see his talents on display, then pick up Justice league: New Frontier or his adaptations of Richard Stark’s Parker series.
The biggest problem with this book is that it feels like it could have been a good two to three-issue series or even a great, oversized one shot, but, instead, it has been dragged out to this six-issue miniseries, and these middle issues just feel like they have no direction. Instead of telling a really great untold story of the Minutemen, we are given this poor fill-in that makes sure it hits all the major scenes we see from Watchmen, but never really explores the heart of its titular characters, the Minutemen.