“I have goals to achieve. Dreams to make come true.”

Plus, a new CRIMSON CORSAIR backup feature from writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!

Story by Len Wein
Art by Jae Lee
Backup Art by John Higgins
Cover by Jae Lee
Variant Cover by Phil Jimenez & Jim Lee

Price: $3.99
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  1. why do I have this feeling I’m going to like the art better then the story in this one?

    • Because Jae Lee is untouchable 🙂 SERiously looking forward to this one from one of my absolute favorite artist in comics or otherwise.

  2. Wait…is this about Ozymandias I or Ozymandias II?

  3. I haven’t read any of the Before Watchmen stuff yet, but I’ve been waiting for this one. Does anyone know if the minis are independent, or if I’ll be lost without having read any of the other series?

  4. Anticipating this book the least of the BW books because Ozy was the least intriguing character from Watchmen…let’s see if Wein and Lee can change my opinion. How do you make a smart-ass, aryan blonde interesting?

    Here’s a question: If you had to say a Marvel or DC character that he is closest to Ozy, who would it be? I’m kinda stuck, maybe Iron Fist? Magneto?

    • Namor. Thinks he is smarter than anyone and his solution to any problem is always correct. Also kind of a smartass.

    • sounds like batman to me.

    • @sitara: Hmmm, the personality traits match but I don’t think Batman would endanger the lives of the innocent like Ozy does.

    • Namor is a good call. Definitely has the same arrogant, “prince of the blood” ‘tude.

    • @uspunx
      you’re right. he wouldn’t.
      my post was more directed at how you described namor.

    • Namor is a good call, but I’d probably go with Quicksilver.

    • Dr. Doom for sure. Both are supremely intelligent, both went to Asia to better themselves and hung out with monks, both met with visions of supernatural forces while in Asia, and both are arch-typically mad scientist supervillains who want to save the mankind their way.

      Loved this issue and it (obviously) reminded me of Brubaker’s Books of Doom. I’m always a sucker for what makes a complex villain tick.

  5. What an incredibly beautiful book.

    • Which I already assumed I almost regret picking it up just based off of that but what did u think of the story

  6. I thought it was great. Lots of words, a couple of tragic comic book character origin cliches, and good groundwork for what’s to come.

  7. Artwork is stellar and writer Len Wein, the man responsible for Alan Moore in America, is excellent.

  8. This was totally awesome. My favorite BW book so far, and I like I said earlier, this was the one I was least interested in. The art and styling reminded me of later Miracleman issues.

    Need to add “Travel to Turkey, take hashish and run around in the wilderness naked” to my bucket list.

  9. I really enjoyed this book. Probably my favorite of the BW series so far as well. Lee’s art was sweet. I also figured going in that Wein would do a bang up job since he has the closest ties (aside from Higgins) to the original in terms of the creators on this series. Bravo!

  10. This issue was amazing and high above everything else BW so far.

  11. This is beautiful, but about 5 pages in, I stopped reading. Way too wordy.

  12. My favourite Before Watchmen book thus far as well. Best art of the entire series, and a story that felt substantial enough to make the $4 worthwhile.

  13. This easily was the best “Before Watchmen”. I loved it. The story and Jae Lee’s art were unbelievable.

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