Before Watchmen: The Comedian
No I won’t take the book at it’s own merits and yes there will be SPOILERS. You have been warned.
Plot: The Comedian travels to Vietnam.
Review: This book is more of a character study than anything else. Ahh Character, will you ever be right? Now The Comedian is a mindless psychopath with very little characterization. Why they would do a character piece and not explore his character is too long winded for me to get into. And while it’s hard to not say that the Comedian is a psychopath, mindless is another thing. This has been a problem with his character from the beginning (although he is more consistent than the other character which I will talk about in Night Owl) as Edward Blake is now viewed as a complete villain. Don’t get me wrong I can see Blake killing without remorse (although women and children is a bit too heavy handed) but stealing money from people? That doesn’t work with his character. There is one scene where he stops a riot by breaking open some stores for people to steal.
This scene is probably the most powerful as it shows Blake’s real view of the world and his part as a cog in the machine. But again this scene is ruined by the heavy handedness of Blake wearing the smiley face painted on his face (yes the smiley face is the symbol of the book, we get it.)
Mostly however the book is trying to show you that this amoral character was always amoral. Which makes for a very boring six issues especially when three are spent killing in a war with nothing behind it.
Also they never introduce Dr. Manhattan in Vietnam, which is kind of a big deal as it ended the war. But why explore the character that made Edward Blake obsolete, when we can retcon which Kennedy he assassinated? (to be fair it was never stated that he killed JFK but it was heavily implied)
Looks like the joke is on us. (I may have thought of this beforehand.)