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Before Watchmen: Rorschach #1 - Damntown; The Curse of the Crimson Corsair: The Evil That Men Do, Part One Review

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Before Watchmen, Rorschach worked alone cleaning up the streets.

The Good

This is the Before Watchmen book we've been waiting for, and it delivers in a big way. I'm going to get right to it, this is the best first issue of all the Before Watchmen books. This is the most interesting of them all featuring, without a doubt, one of the most interesting characters in this universe. Does it do the Watchmen source material justice? Hell yes it does.

The issue follows Rorschach through his earlier days as he worked alone as he tries to get rid of the scum on the streets. But what happens when he meets someone more organized and tougher? Spoiler: He gets the crap kicked out of him. This is a cool story the reintroduces us to a great character. This is also a great start to another story about what looks like to be a serial killer as well. There's lots to love about this issue.

Writer Brian Azzarello really does a great job of capturing this character's voice, tone, and thought process. Out of all the BW books, this one represents the original character the best. You truly get the feeling this is the same character from the Watchman series from almost twenty-five years ago.

Lee Bermejo's art is not only beautiful, but it fits perfectly with Azzarello's art. He does a great job of capturing the gritty side of the city during the late 70s. On top of that, he does an amazing job capturing moments during a fight. I loved the fight scenes in this issue. They were incredibly cool.

The Bad

I'm not digging the Crimson Corsair stuff in the back. I've been skipping it mostly because I'd rather read it all at once instead of two pages at a time.

The Verdict

I know some comic book fans consider these books to be comic book blasphemy and reading them makes you some sort of comic book heretic, but this book was awesome. This is the Before Watchmen book we've all been waiting for and wanted to read. This book not only has a great creative team, but they work so well together and they do this character and the Watchmen world justice. The story is great, and this is the book you'll want to read, if you've ever read Watchmen before.

Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

18 Comments
Posted by kennybaese

This makes me really really happy. I love everything that Bermejo and Azzarello have done together so far, and they seemed like a perfect fit for this book, but then Azzarello and Jones seemed like a perfect fit for Comedian and that's been less than great, so I was a little nervous for this book. I'm happy to hear it's good though. Can't wait to read the trade.

Posted by G-Man

Is anyone reading the back ups? I agree, I don't like how they're spread out over all the different books.

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Posted by zackattack529

lie you said, i wont read Before watchmen, because of have wayy too much respect for Alan Moore he is an inspiration to me.

but if i WERE to read one series, it would be Rorschachs hands down, i mean Azzarello can do soo many GREAT stories with Rorschach , and Lee Bermejos art is fantastic, and the covers for this and the future solcits look great. ..i think evem Alan Moore would approve(no he wont though lol)

Posted by DDangelico

@G-Man: I was reading the backups--but I stopped cause I dropped Niteowl. They weren't really holding my attention anyways...

Posted by afterwatchmen

Havent read a single bit of the crimson corsair and dont plan on it either.

Dont see the point of having them there, why not just release it seperatly.

But loving the series!

I knw some of them have been a bit ok (ozymandias isnt the best)but overall I think its brilliant and something I have been waiting for.

Bring on Dr. Manhattan 1

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

Rorschach!!!! Man, My comic shop ran out of Rorschach#1 so I have to wait 2 weeks to read it :(
This is the only Book I'm reading in BW series other than Silk Spectre Which is turning out to be a great book.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh
@G-Man: nah... I wish there was no back-ups and the books were 2.99
Posted by afterwatchmen

@MadeinBangladesh: Yeah I was suprised how good silk spectre is

Posted by xAnimosity

I havent read any of these yet. Was going to wait for the trade in 5 years haha. Should I just jump in anyways?

Posted by SavageDragon

This book was really good im impressed.

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

A Bermejo and Azzerello team-up that doesn't suck? Count me intrigued!

Posted by Cavemold

Trade wait, this for the review

Posted by They Killed Cap!

Super stoked for this one.

Posted by They Killed Cap!

It is a reach, they are trying to do to muuch in the vein of classic watchmen.

Edited by mattydeNero

This may be the backbone of this entire series of titles. I loved this issue. The only opener that I put down afterwards and then flipped back through. My plan was to originally get all the #1s more or less just to add to the ol' collection. Here I am two months later, and I can't wait for September's set.

Let's face it, it is not canon by any means. It' kind of like a comic book film for the fans, in print. It doesn't tie into the masterpiece. The creators don't believe it is, and we shouldn't either. Too many people are up in arms. We all should just enjoy it--this title especially.

As for the back-ups...The remind of Sunday Prince Valiant strips I was too young to understand Sunday mornings as a kid. I will wait until I have them all. Definitely doesn't look like a $19.99 trade special, if you catch my drift.

Posted by Mowgli22

great book, cant wait for the next issue.

Posted by nrgb2814

Not reading the back ups at all... I didn't really like Tales of the Black Freighter, either. But, hey, that's just me.

Posted by TheSmallvillefan12

I think its the best of the Before Watchmen books.