Artistically, issue #5 is a bit strange. J.G. Jones' pencils and inks have remained more detailed and precise than I would have expected. The drop-off in quality that occurred during his issues of Final Crisis is really apparent here. The colors are more problematic, however. I've praised Alex Sinclair's surreal, haunting hues in past reviews (the only aspect of the series that really does feel Apocalypse Now-esque). But here, numerous panels have very rigid, segmented gradient bars in the background and sky areas that make it look as though the printers were running out of ink when this issue was in production. This occurs in both the print and digital versions, so I'm honestly not sure if this was some sort of surrealist design choice or a flaw in DC's source files. Read Full Review
That's the real shame of Comedian " even with a character as flawed and immoral as Edward Blake, Brian Azzarello couldn't find anything to do with him except play off of his negativity rather than trying to explore and expand on what was established by others. And so maybe Blake's apathy has rubbed off because I can't find a reason to be drawn back for the final issue. Read Full Review
This is now definitely my least favourite Before Watchmen title and I read through the pages taking almost nothing from them. It's all blurred into a series of Blake spouting statements about how to deal with the enemy, his superiors not liking him but still putting up with him and having something or other with a smiley face on it. When I read re-read these entire runs back after the Before Watchmen series wraps up, I'm hoping to get something more out of the Comedian mini series but in this topsy turvy release schedule of titles I feel like I've lost my hold on Eddie Blake's 'Nam adventure and find myself indifferent to its content. Read Full Review
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