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Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3 - The Minute of Truth, Chapter Three: Childs Play; The Curse of the Crimson Corsair: The Evil That Men Do, Part Three Review

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Silhouette takes front and center in the series' third issue.

Some spoilers below.

The Good

It's hard to describe in words how beautiful the latest issue of BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN, is, but it's truly stunning. Where do I begin? If you recall in the original WATCHMEN by Alan Moore it was implied that several of the MINUTEMEN were homosexual, and you see that implication come to light in this issue. There's a brilliant moment where we see Ursula (Silhouette) look up at a figure of Jesus Christ and she asks, "Why don't you love us?...Why don't you love me?" It's at that moment that Hollis Mason rescues her from her doom. I adore Hollis Mason -- I think Cooke captures his naivety, his passion, his affection brilliantly. It's very rare that a creator is able to depict such an array of raw emotions in so few words, but Cooke does this absolutely brilliantly.

Cooke captures each Minutemen character really brilliantly. Each one is so unique and so different, and it seems he really grasps and understands each one of them. Particularly Hollis who seems to encompass the idealistic qualities of the Minutemen themselves; he's courageous and loyal -- and he is moved by his gut of what is "right." He is a character that is easy to identify with, and I think that Cooke really did a beautiful job writing him.

This issue is incredibly poetic; from the structure and layout of the panels to the poem by Robert Louis Stevenson at the very end. I absolutely loved the way that Cooke separates reality (what is really going on in the story) with the outside perception and the facade revolving around the characters and the team. For example, in a scene where the Minutemen decide to vote the Comedian off the team because he raped Sally, there is an image of him with the caption "When America needs red-blooded He Men to defend her virtue." The caption is paired with an image of the Comedian standing proudly, while Sally and Silhouette swoon over him. It's this facade that the Comedian is a brave and good defender of virtue, when he is nothing of the kind. That contrast is fantastic, and the method that Cooke uses to create this scene is something that can only be done in comics.

The Bad

Nothing bad here.

The Verdict

Darwyn Cooke's interpretation of these characters is brilliant and completely on point. The way he captures the naivety of Hollis Mason, the conservatism of Dollar Bill and the virtuousness of Silhouette is just beautiful. Pair that with his absolutely stunning pencils and Phil Noto's perfect colors and we have a perfect comic book. I am absolutely loving this series and I feel it is one of the few BEFORE WATCHMEN titles that does a great service to the original stories.

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Posted by batmanary

Going to pick this up tomorrow....Cooke's simply amazing.

Posted by 3rdrocket

I agree with this review 100%. As I read these I find myself wishing that it was a whole ongoing series itself. I would love to read more of this

Posted by microwave25

Yeah I honestly don't see this as a Before Watchmen book or just a part of a story Alan Moore told. I see it as a brilliant Darwyn Cooke story who is completely making it his own.

Posted by BlackArmor

Dang, I knew I forgot to pick something up when I was at my lcs today. Now I have to wait another week to read this

Posted by Esther_Cotillard

@microwave25 said:

Yeah I honestly don't see this as a Before Watchmen book or just a part of a story Alan Moore told. I see it as a brilliant Darwyn Cooke story who is completely making it his own.

That's exactly how I see it too.

Posted by lifeboy

i cant waitfor this now. i would add thatas far as the homosexuality, last issue it was shown that metropolis and hooded justice were gay.

Posted by Nuec_Sol

This was just an awesome issue, maybe the best I read all year, and I too wish this book was an ongoing series.

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Edited by Suprman

This is clearly the best of the Before Watchmen lineup, The way it's told, both in the writing and the visuals make it a must read. One of my favorite moments in the book, and there were many BTW, was Comedian's reaction to being kicked out of the group with him reminding the others of their mistake last issue and saying that they were not heroes . I also like the friendship between Hollis and Silhouette.

Posted by kingjoeg

My POTW

Posted by kennybaese

So it's brilliant then? ;)

I'm glad to hear this is as good as it is. I'm waiting on the trades for all of this stuff, but I'm paying close attention to review to figure out which of the books I actually want to pick up.