[Comic Review] Before Watchmen: Moloch #1

Before Watchmen: Moloch #1I’ll be the first to admit, I was excited to hear that DC Comics was going to be adding a two-part storyline to their Before Watchmen series that involved the infamous Moloch (Edgar William Jacobi). So, when I saw that it was going to be on the shelves this week (2012-11-07), I grabbed it up greedily.

Before Watchmen: Moloch is great. Plain and simple. It’s a different take to read a book in this series from a villain that has been mentioned in a couple of the other books in the series.

The artwork is great for the most part. I love the colors. There are some panels in the book, particularly when there are faces involved that seem to have a need to be finished out. Lack of mouths, noses, etc upset me just a little. But, to be honest, it doesn’t detract much at all from the book over all.

The story is also great. Giving superb character background and development, it delves into the past of Moloch, some of the reasons why he turned out the way he did. It also covers his first run in with the Minutemen, and ultimately led to his encounters with Dr. Manhattan and the changing of his ways, only to be confronted by Adrian Alexander Veidt (a.k.a. Ozymandias).

This title also earns itself the ‘M for Mature’ rating. Dark and sinister with a smidgen of nudity thrown in for good measure. It is a great read from cover to cover.

My only complaint here is going to be that it is only a two-part series. Keep that in mind if/when you read it, as the pacing also takes that into account and tries to cram as much as possible within its pages.

Rating: 9/10 Gingered Digits.

Reasoning: Great artwork, great story, great character development, pacing is a bit too fast (for obvious reasons), good plot hook.

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