'Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #4' - Comic Book Review

BW Dr. M 4The comic book event of the summer is nigh!  Before Watchmen, the much-anticipated prequel series to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, will consist of seven limited series and an epilogue one-shot.  Stay tuned, as the Fanboy Comics crew will be reviewing each title as it is released. Hurm. 



It's the end of the line for this particular miniseries, and for me reading it. Once more, I went in filled with a sense of hopeful excitement, wanting so much to like the story because of it being written by what I like to consider a great and prolific storyteller, but I was, once again, left with the feeling of sorrow and wastefulness. Add to that the fact that this series has been pushed back and delayed several times, it comes as no surprise that I am thankful that it is over. I still maintain my thoughts concerning the fact that I didn’t enjoy the original Watchmen series, but it was good to see some of the backstory of one of its characters—I just wish it had been done in a more interesting fashion.


Feeling as though he has no option for the future, Osterman asks for the assistance and advice of a trusted colleague and friend. After explaining the situation concerning his trip as a quantum observer and in most cases and unintentional factor in the development of the future, Osterman finds himself in the position that he is most famous for as seen in the original series—being a conduit of energy for the world as a whole. There isn’t much in the way of surprises in this issue, as it seems to mostly just be a bridging aspect of what we’ve seen so far and of the details shown in the original series, but there is one thing that I really enjoyed, even though it was rather annoying to read. There are several pages in which the scenes and dialogue are shown upside-down, forcing me to have to turn the comic upside down to read it. (For once, digital copies are not helpful when reading a comic book.) Sadly, though, this one aspect of the issue was not enough to make up for the abysmal disappointment I felt about the rest of the series on the whole. Even compared to the original series, this background look at Dr. Manhattan gave no real information that couldn’t have been gleamed by deductive reasoning, so for those of you who greatly enjoy the Watchmen, I suggest leaving this miniseries behind.

Once again I was abashed by the writings of JMS. What happened to the writer and creative mind that I used to look toward? Perhaps I’ll just go back and read some of the Spider-Man and Superman issues he read year ago; those were good.





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