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Story by Darwyn Cooke & John Higgins
Art by Darwyn Cooke & John Higgins
Colors by Phil Noto
Letters by Jared K. Fletcher
Cover by Darwyn Cooke & Michael Cho

Size: 32 pages
Price: 3.99

I’m starting to wonder if Darwyn Cooke is capable of making a bad comic. Because Minutemen 5 is yet another example of brilliance in word and art.

From the parallel designs of the first panel pages to the last, gut wrenching page, Cooke steadily builds not so much a story but a true emotional journey. He puts you squarely in the head – and heart – of Hollis Mason. Not Nite Owl; Hollis Mason. The distinction is important.

Cooke starts racing through the years, using history as the canvas for Hollis’ personal journey, one where heroism is tainted with horror. To discuss the plot in greater detail would be doing the book a disservice. It’s not a comic you read as much as you experience it.

That’s Cooke’s gift; to tap into characters so deeply that we very share their feelings as the story unfolds. The moments of debt, the little joys woven in, the disgust… We’re all right there.

There may have been – and likely will continue to be – controversy around Before Watchmen. But with Minutemen (and Silk Spectre for that matter) coming out of it, it is absolutely worth it.


Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 5 - Excellent


  1. Avatar photo DDangelico (@DavidDangelico) says:

    Whole heartedly agree. It may be sacrilege, but I think that Minutemen may be just as good as The Watchmen itself.

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