Written By: Brian Azzarello
Pencils By: J G .Jones
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: OUT NOW IN STORES & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (VIA COMIXOLOGY)
JFK is dead, his brother is aiming to become a senator and Edward Blake heads to Vietnam. Last month’s first issue of Comedian was a real turning point in the Before Watchmen run for me. It added something new to what I knew about the character, it seemed to be a story that would delve into the Comedian and why he is how he is and I really dug it. This issue still dabbles in those areas but for the most part this issue #2 felt a little bit flat to me.
The Vietnam stuff just played like any other Vietnam depiction. Sure the discussions about the drug deals in and out of the country and the potential knock on effect to America was well played but this whole issue just felt like Eddie Blake sitting around soldiers while he smoked a cigar and had a costume on that felt inappropriate and out of place. The battle scenes were largely cliché, the dialogue much the same and really this issue ended up being very much a chapter that felt like a filler. I’ll admit, I’m not much of a ‘War Comic’ guy anyway but even my ‘In’ via Watchmen wasn’t enough to draw me into the genre.
There’s not much more to say really. The art was pretty bland when compared to the other titles in the Before Watchmen collection, even though it’s solid enough. Everything just felt a little bit too real world and none of the action moments felt all that exciting, even with an explosion or two thrown in. Story wise, it just felt like there was a lot of set up and no pay off in this issue, so hopefully we’ll be back to business next month and Comedian #3 might fall closer to what worked so well in the first issue or at least make this slow paced chapter feel like it was there for a reason.