Welcome to the Jungle-Rorschach #1

The Mask

Holy hell. I will say this now I’m mad Ozymandias gets six issues while Rorschach just gets four.  It’s more story driving, which I feel is more comic book like. Brian Azzarello is the writer on this, and you can tell because it is pretty much, this is Rorschach, now we are getting our story on. (He is also the writer on Wonder Woman) Just a quick aside: Which makes me in a weird position on the whole Wonder  Woman’s latest arc. Yes, it was story driven and we didn’t get a taste of what the rebooted her really looks like. But everyone please, quit acting like she is changed forever because really, unless she is eating babies and giggling about it, she is fine. Still Wonder Woman.  It is an okay way of doing things. You sometimes lose out on characterization, but sometimes that happens. I have a feeling it will get better. Give it time.

As I said with Ozymandias, he has a great narrative voice, while awesome, is really better as a book than a comic book. There are moments were that comic drags. A lot. There is nothing wrong with doing a full issue inside a character’s head, but when you base a series around it, it isn’t a way to grab readers. Or keep our attention.  I know what I like in comics, and that is a story that moves. Which Rorschach does that. It is pretty much a fun ride the whole time. Ozymandias is what I like in a novel, were you have more time to tell a tale.

Rorschach hits the ground running and pretty much as a great emotional tone the whole time. Rorschach is following a drug trail and ends up following the trail into the sewers and getting the shit kicked out of him. At the same time, there is a serial killer running around the city, killing women and carving them up. What I think will be a lot of fun to see where this story is going to end up going. Is Rorschach going to go after the Bard or not? I really like the idea of the Bard being a red herring and has nothing to do with Rorschach at all. Because that is how I would write it. But I think it would come to a head in the next couple issues.

The Man behind it.

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Before Watchmen Round up 2

So the next Two Series of Before Watchmen have showed up, Nite Owl  and Ozymandias, and are two issues in before I decide to tackle them. Opps.

Anyways, I wanted to talk about them before Rorschach is gonna hit the shelves this week, and we know all bets are going to be out the window when that comes out. I have need to talk about these for a while.

This comic is fun to look at.

So first up, Ozymandias. The art and narrative voice is freaking amazing. You really get a feel for Adrian, but really, there are moments were the narrative voice gets in the way of the action for me. Because Adrian doesn’t know when to shut up, for explain, there is at least two narrative boxes that cut into every panel. It feels that there are moments that would do well for Ozymandias was just quiet, so the moments were more powerful. His girlfriend ends up dying at the end of issue one, but he doesn’t even quiet down then. He talks a lot. It gets a little much at time, but if you are looking for a comic with a good narrative voice and art, this one is worth picking up. He has a few moments were you really get a sense that there is more to him that he himself doesn’t really get to see. Especially with the death of Miranda, despite all the talking he does about it.

This cover is so hot I am gonna say it twice.

And issue 2’s cover was hot.

There are worst way to get a job.

So on to Nite Owl, which is already half way through its run. Danny ends up Nite Owl because he stalked the old one. And almost gets shot for his efforts before he even gets started on his crime career. And we learn his father was an asshole. And it is really fun to watch him work with Rorschach before we get to see him in his own stand alone. This comic is fun, just because of how Nite Owl and Rorschach work together, they have almost a Batman and Superman feel when they talk to each other. You know what I mean, one is a bit of a Dick and the other one is full of hopeful ideas. Of course, we would never see Batman and Superman fall into a Bondage sex club, and if we did, it would prove that DC had finally lost it.

Your father is an ass.

Of course I would buy that comic. I bet it would be hilarious.

I think both are worth picking up, but if you have to choose, go with Nite Owl, that one is a lot more fun.