Friday, January 24, 2014

Before Watchmen: Moloch 1-2 (2013)

Now books like this make me think that maybe, just maybe, Before Watchmen might have been a money grab. I know that all comics are there to make money, but really, who wanted a two-issue look into bit player Moloch’s past? Especially a glance into his past that doesn’t really add anything to the character’s few heartbreaking moments in Watchmen?

That’s the core problem here, out of three character focuses that I’ve read so far, only one really added anything to the character. Nite Owl benefited from more time as a main character. Dr. Manhattan and especially Moloch worked in limited doses, with the focus justifiably on their role in the greater story.

Spending these pages building up a tortured background (complete with adult scenes) for a throw-away character just seems strangely misguided, at best. Something tells me that J. Michael Straczynski wasn’t sitting around for the past 30 years pondering the best Moloch story he could tell.

The strongest part of this limited is the art from Eduardo Risso. The emotion and acting in the characters’ faces is consistently strong, although Moloch is never anything more than pathetic. If the goal was to make the heroes sort of like bullies to this deformed man, then mission accomplished.

I can recommend this one only for fans of Risso’s art. No real point in reading this for anything else. EVIL. 

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