Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3 Review

Before Watchmen continues, but does the latest issue of Minutemen succeed in building on the already successful narrative?  Read on to find out.

The official description from DC:

“I’m not here to bust you, I’m here to recruit you. How’d you like to work for your Uncle Sam, Eddie?”

And don’t miss the latest chapter of the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup epic from writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!

The dynamic and at times sordid history of the Minutemen continues to unfold in this latest release.  From the days when these masked vigilantes scrambled from roof-top to roof-top these “heroes” were a true mixed-bag of both the good and evil character traits found in human nature.

Darwyn Cooke nails another script that offers depth and dynamic development but ultimately fails to offer anything new.  The story is solid, but it gets easily distracted and focuses in on details that just do not need to be explored.  Beyond that though, the dialogue carried the weight of the story delivering lines that were just as strong as the previous two issues.  Overall the story was good, but not nearly as great as the prior outings.

Darwyn Cooke once again does double-duty as he nails the art along with the script.  His simplistic and lightly detailed characters perfectly fit and accentuate the narrative, offering a nice layer of authenticity that lifts up the time-period in a way that sets it apart from the other Before Watchmen books.  From the action to the talking moments, the work done here is simply exceptional.

Len Wein and John Higgins continue their Crimson Corsair back-up feature, and it gets thematically interesting.  The art is beautiful as the script tells a feverish story that plays to its strengths, even in just two-pages.  I’ve really enjoyed the story so far, and I hope DC eventually collects it all in one convenient collection.

Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3 is another really good issue that’s worth your time, even it fails to push the series into bolder waters.  Recommended.

3.5/5

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