Before Watchmen: Minutemen #4 Review

The saga of the Minutemen continues to unfold in this six part mini-series, but is it really a story that needs to be told?  Read on to find out.

The official description from DC:

• “You tell them, Hollis. Tell them all what they did to us!”

• And don’t miss the latest sensational chapter of the CRIMSON CORSAIR, from writer and artist JOHN HIGGINS.

With the Before Watchmen line aging rapidly, most of the series have started to find their footing and even their justification for existence   Early on this specific title established those two things and now its playing with them, as it slowly marches toward its inevitable conclusion.

Darwyn Cooke once again handles the script and in this go around he goes right for the jugular with several stories that show a compelling perspective on some very tough themes. We have the idea of the idolized hero being deconstructed and reconstructed at a whim, as the struggles of the human spirit become paramount to the stability of this team.  It’s a fascinating read that offers something not found in most comics today, honesty.  No matter how painful the truths it seeks to explore, the writer faces them head on with a sense of conviction established by the protagonist, Hollis Mason.

Darwyn Cooke absolutely nails the art..  Once again employing his quirky sensibilities to bring a believable dimension to this chaotic but intriguing point in the Watchmen mythos.  His characters are expertly rendered, his backgrounds smartly drawn and above all else his panel design yields a superb vision worthy of its namesake.  This is a consistently amazing looking book.

John Higgins writes and handles the art in the latest chunk of the Crimson Corsair.  Yes the basic positives and negatives continue to exist with this spread out little romp.  The story is engaging and the art is pretty but because of how short each portion is and how spread out they are, makes it a bit hard to follow.

Before Watchmen: Minutemen #4 is another extremely solid issue of what to me is the most essential release in this line books.  Recommended.


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