Written By: Len Wien
Pencils By: Jae Lee
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: OUT NOW IN STORES & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (VIA COMIXOLOGY)
Issue #1 of Ozymandias had Adrian Veidt recounting the days of his youth and the decision he made to wear his gold and purple Halloween costume to tackle the drug lords who’s product had killed his girlfriend. Issue #2 carries on where the previous issue left off and we see Ozymandias do exactly what he had set out to do.
With the same calculated, controlled and level headed approach we all love Ozy for, we are told about the events of Ozymandias’s first mission as a crime fighter. We see his skills, hear about his techniques and get a fresh insight into just how good his is.
The issue is a good read and it looks damn pretty but when the real point of the story comes about, Adrian’s desire to find out the truth behind Hooded Justice’s disappearance, the first third of the book feels a little like filler in comparison. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great bit of filler but the moment Adrian mentions pursuing the mystery of Hooded Justice, a tale that was covered in the original Watchmen book to a certain degree, the point of this Ozymandias series starts to take form.
Anyway beyond those two plot drivers, this issue is generally a slow burning step by step look at a drug lord take down. The big cliffhanger and not to ruin anything too much, ends with Ozymandias coming face to face with another Watchmen character for the first time and it’s a good moment considering we know where their relationship ultimately ends. This certainly hints at great things for the next issue and the a closer look at the relationship between these two Watchmen is something this Before Watchmen series could really thrive on.
Before Watchmen: Week 10 Overview:
“Before Watchmen feels more established now it’s beginning have more character crossover and these #2s have done a good job at setting up the playing field for the rest of the run. I’m still not 100% sure these Before Watchmen stories have been swinging strong enough to land a powerful blow story wise but I guess the #3s will add more to that. With that said, it’s another #1 next week with Rorschach arriving with his own series. Anyone got a time machine I could borrow? A week seems too long!”