Before Watchmen: Comedian #2

Event\Storyline: Before Watchmen Writer: Brian Azzarello Artist: J.G. Jones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 25, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 1
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"Its something Im good at. Its war." Plus, a new CRIMSON CORSAIR backup feature from writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Aug 6, 2012

    There is no hope, redeeming quality, or anything positive about the human race, its institutions and its immorally motivated men of power in Before Watchmen: Comedian. Once you figure out that that's the point here, it's much easier to sit back and enjoy the debauched ride. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Jul 25, 2012

    I'm just not sure we need to know a lot about him outside of what we already knew. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jul 28, 2012

    While this shift in Eddie's behavior definitely gives this issue a whole lot more credence than the previous, Azzarello still can't figure out how to fix this series biggest problem: it's necessity. Did anyone really want a six-issue series detailing the horrid actions of the Comedian during the 1960s and 70s? Wasn't it enough to know he was a huge dick? Wasn't that part of what made the character so great? If Azzarello continues to change retcon - like he did last month when it was 'revealed' that Eddie never shot JFK - and take us down a path of pointless darkness and machination, this series is going to burn out much faster than it's release schedule. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jul 31, 2012

    Before Watchmen continues to deliver impressive visuals, and while some of the stories have proven the reason for their existance, Before Watchmen: Comedian is still searching for its narrative context. With that in mind this issue squeaks by with a light recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 25, 2012

    Before Watchmen: Comedian #2 wins points for trying to be a little different. But it loses far more for its uninteresting handling of the title character. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    WhatCulture - Marcus Doidge Jul 25, 2012

    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. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Emmanuel Malchiodi Jul 26, 2012

    Unlike the last issue, this chapter has more action, with The Comedian killing scores of Vietcong and enjoying it. Artist J.G. Jones (Final Crisis, Wanted) depicts the joy on Blakes face as he stabs an enemy repeatedly perfectly, demonstrating that hes a decent artist. I still think Brian Azzarellos (100 Bullets) story needs work and hopefully the next few issues of The Comedian will pull the story together, demonstrating that this venture isnt anything more than high-budget fan fiction. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Galactica - Girish Kumar Jul 27, 2012

    In this Issue Comedian, goes to Vietnam. Where he enjoys himself in, well killing people. It was his exact sentiments in one of his dialogues. But at the end of the day, without Alan Moore, any watchmen series isn't going to be good. This is also the only one of the series, which doesn't deal with the origin story. But this is probably because he isn't one of the MAJOR characters from the original Watchmen series. Given that his death is the first scene in the movie. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Jul 26, 2012

    While the story is bad, J.G. Jones artwork shines. The facial problems from #1 are gone, with Bobby Kennedy seeming genuine. Much like the dialogue, the Army guys blend into the background, but that may be on purpose. Jones nails the atmosphere of Vietnam. Much more than script. It's a gritty dark war, and so is this issue. Jones continues to be the only person to not stick to the nine panel structure. In fact, he's the only person to not follow any distance pattern. It sets itself apart from the rest of the books, but that's not necessarily a good thing. One of the things that gives each books its own feeling is the panel structure. It immediately gives the reader a feeling of what is about to come. But Comedianjust feels like another comic book. Overall, his artwork has improved. While not worth the cover price, Jones' pencils at least soften the blow. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 25, 2012

    War is hell, but you wouldn't know it based on Before Watchmen: The Comedian. Too cool to show any strong reactions one way or the other, there's no theme, no stakes and no danger to pique readers' interest. This doesn't add anything to Eddie Blake's descent into despair and madness " unless you're a completist or a die-hard Jones fan, this book is skippable fodder. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 25, 2012

    Sadly, thought J.G. Jones turns in another wonderful job with the art, the story pulls back too far, creating an alienation from the story for me, serving more as an analysis of the Vietnam conflict than as a single comic book issue. Before Watchmen: Comedian #2 is a disappointing experience after last issue's showing, with the real-world aspects overshadowing Eddie Blake's story to the detriment of the issue, earning 1.5 out of 5 stars overall. I'm hoping this to be a one-time aberration, but if you were waiting for the first Before Watchmen issue to really drop the ball, I'm afraid this is it... Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 28, 2012

    I'm not sure where this series is going. I assume we will eventually get to Blake blowtorching people in Vietnam, but I really don't see how the character's action will line up with how these first two issues present him. I am not recommending this book, unfortunately, not even for the backup, which is getting fairly interesting at this point. Read Full Review

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