‘Watchmen’ prequel: First look at ‘Comedian’

Sept. 07, 2012 | 11:00 a.m.

“Watchmen,” the most praised graphic novel in history, opened with a simple question that led to a complicated answer: “Who killed the Comedian?” Now the DC miniseries “Before Watchmen: Comedian” looks to answer a different question about the brutish antihero: What were the dark mileposts of his life?

Edward “The Comedian” Blake, one of the most darkly compelling characters in comics, was created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, but now writer Brian Azzarello and artist J.G. Jones have taken on the challenge of filling in new chapters of his seriously unfunny history as the U.S. government’s elite black-ops killer. Hero Complex readers are getting an exclusive first look at “Before Watchmen: Comedian” No. 3. Check it out in the gallery above, or click on the links below for a larger version, and let us know what you think in the comments.

The first two issues of  the new series provided some jolting images — Blake as the backslapping buddy of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy — and exploring his time in Vietnam. The third issue hits shelves Sept. 12 and finds Blake and RFK in a different mode after the Watts riots. And, yes, that’s the Los Angeles Times making a cameo on the second page of the story.

The issue also includes the continuing backup story “Curse of the Crimson Corsair,” written and drawn by the original series colorist John Higgins.

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— Noelene Clark


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4 Responses to ‘Watchmen’ prequel: First look at ‘Comedian’

  1. Abe Cole says:

    I have to say, he wasn't very funny. He just was kinda into killing and raping, which I personally do not find very funny. Did he know E Howard Hunt?

  2. Abe Cole says:

    I see nothing funny about rape and murder, so I guess the name doesn't fit for me. Maybe E Howard Hunt would be more accurate.

  3. csb says:

    I've been reviewing all of the before watchmen comments on my website. This one, The Comedian is 'fanciful' at best. I'm not saying it's 'bad' but in the first one we're led to believe that he's great friends with jack and bobby Kennedy and that he 'offed' Marilyn Monroe for Jackie O….

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