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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3 | September 2, 2012

This was a small week. I only got six comics and as such, even the comic of the week is not something that would normally win on a full sized week. Not to say I didn’t like it, because I did.


I also took advantage of Silver Snail’s end of summer sale and picked up a few trades. I got the first volumes of Shade, the Changing Man by Peter Milligan and Chris Bachalo, Top 10 by Alan Moore and Gene Ha, and X-Factor Visionaries: Peter David.


Starting at the weakest…


INFERNAL MAN-THING #3 (Gerber / Nowlan) Marvel

Yeah, so in the end, not so good. Lovely art by Kevin Nowlan but the story is just confusing and one-note. This also reminds me of how much better Swamp Thing is than Man-Thing.


CAPTAIN MARVEL #3 (DeConnick / Soy / Kesel / Elson) Marvel

I really like what Kelly Sue DeConnick is doing with this book. I mean, if ANY book is going to send you the messages of feminism and strength in empowerment it should be the book and character that started as Ms.Marvel. I mean, that was the POINT of the character, once upon a time.

I would still like to know WHY she went through time. Also, her grand stand play sending the Japanese solider back to get his friends was just annoying. Gee, who wouldn’t think THAT would turn out badly. Over all, still good, though.


WINTER SOLDIER #9 (Brubaker / Lark / Thies / Gaudiano / Breitweiser) Marvel

From empowered women to the opposite. Black Widow has become a brainwashed pawn. With the number of times Natasha has been brainwashed, reprogrammed, deprogrammed etc., it is a surprise her mind hasn’t broken completely. Still, Bru does a good job with the save / twist. This book reads like an spy/action movie and that works. I wonder if this book will maintain this standard when he leaves, as has been announced.


THE NEW DEADWARDIANS #6 (Dan Abnett / I.N.J. Culbard) Vertigo

I run hot and cold on this book, but I quite liked this one. Delving into the downsides of living forever is good. Plus, they have finally introduced the hero of the book.

What? Salt isn’t the hero? But he is a poet, what else could he be?


AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #11 (Zeb Wells / Steve Dillon / Frank Martin) Marvel

One of those ‘tear-jerker’ comics that actually doesn’t do the job because it is a little proscribed. Still a very good comic and a nice reminder of what makes Peter into the hero that he is. Solid story telling. I really like Steve Dillon’s art, but I didn’t think it fit here. The Chris Samnee cover worked a lot better. I would have liked to see that in the interior.



Silhouette has become my favourite Watchmen character… and she was hardly in Watchmen. Maybe that is why. Cooke is able to tell her story without treading on holy ground. Maybe it is also because so many of the other characters are so unlikeable. Comedian is loathsome here. The cut scenes with Dr.Gretchen are really powerful.

As I said, in a stronger week, probably not a contender for top book, but still a very solid read. If anyone asks about Before Watchmen, I would recommend Silk Spectre, Dr.Manhattan and Minutemen without hesitation. Most of the others are middle of the road, with Nite Owl being the exception and the one book I am no longer buying.


  1. I’ve been loving New Deadwardians since the beginning – I’ve been really glad to see you sticking with it, and enjoying it more and more as it rolls along. Very excited to see where this all goes.

    Also, you might be interested to know that last week’s issue of Dominique Laveau was by far the strongest one of the series so far (in my mind). I’m curious to see how it all wraps up next month…

    And, I’d just like to give you a gentle nudge and remind you that it’s not too late to hop on board with the new Valiant relaunch – I’m very impressed with where all 4 titles are going. And am especially excited for Shadowman in November (first Valiant comic I ever bought was Shadowman #19 – guest starring Aerosmith!)

    And New 52 trades! I’ve picked up Swamp Thing and Animal Man (obviously!), but also Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., which I’ve enjoyed a thousandfold more as a trade than I was when I was rapid-reading someone else’s monthlies for the first few issues. (But I’m a little choked Action Comics and Batman are hardcovers, so I’ll be waiting awhile on those ones…)

    Oh, and lastly… Jeff Lemire’s The Underwater Welder. Have you picked this up yet? Book of the year, I’m betting. Holy heck it’s a wonderful piece of work!

    Comment by shayneavecigrec — September 5, 2012 @ 2:56 am

  2. New Deadwardians isn’t really hit & miss for me, it is more like ‘hit & okay’. I’ll be trying out Frankesntein soon as it will be crossing over into Rotworld (with Swamp Thing and Animal Man).

    I have never even heard of Underwater Welder… what an odd name…

    Comment by rpriske — September 5, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

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