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The Jae Lee artwork is spectacular. Just gorgeous to look at. Otherwise, I dunno. I found Len Wein's script where Adrian Alexander Veidt narrates his life from birth to when he puts on the Ozymandias costume to be cold and off-putting, because he made Adrian Veidt cold and off-putting. I mean, the brief origin Veidt tells to Lee Iaccoca in the Watchmen movie was more interesting to me than this book. Plus, this is ground covered in the interview with Veidt at the end of one of the Watchmen chapters, but that Adrian was more human and charming than the emotionless robot Wein portrays Adrian to be here. We find out his female lover dying of a drug overdose in one of Moloch's clubs is what prompted Adrian to become Ozymandias, but... so what? Maybe it's bigger news Adrian had a female lover, though he's also strongly hinted he had homosexual interludes during his travels retracing Alexander the Great's path to legend. I don't think Adrian Veidt is illuminated in any real, compelling way so far.



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A fine issue hindered by redundancy. Moore told the heart of this already; I think the "lateral thinking even then, centuries ahead of his time" is verbatim from Moore's script. Still, it provides a rationale for why Veidt would don a mask, even if it's just another dead-girlfriend motivation.

Lee does a remarkable job at page layout, using circular panels on virtually every page, a trick that's harder than it looks (I make comics on the side. Check out my site (heygregory.com).).

I was worried about Wein's work. I can't remember the last time I read a contemporary work of his. But his style is neither creaky nor stuffy nor out of time. I was surprised by a line of innuendo from Miranda; it might be the raciest moment so far in this whole project.

If I rank the books so far:
Nite Owl
Silk Spectre
Ozymandias
Minutemen
Comedian



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.26
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker

    If I rank the books so far:
    Nite Owl
    Silk Spectre
    Ozymandias
    Minutemen
    Comedian


Interesting. I would rank them thusly:

Silk Spectre
Comedian
Minutemen
Ozymandias
Nite-Owl

Maybe I'm weirdly partial to the Juspeczyk/Jupiter-Blake family?

I am looking forward to Dr. Manhattan and Rorschach. Hurm.

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I won't argue about how good Silk Spectre is. I think Amanda Connor is criminally under-employed by the Big Two.

I'm probably so high on Nite Owl because I expected so little from it, and it hit for the cycle, storywise.



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My theory:

Veidt is an unreliable narrator. He killed his parents and girlfriend when they were no longer needed. The cold persona is the way he real is, cold, calculating. The reason he's so personable in Watchmen is because it is his public face.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.17
    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
    My theory:

    Veidt is an unreliable narrator. He killed his parents and girlfriend when they were no longer needed. The cold persona is the way he real is, cold, calculating. The reason he's so personable in Watchmen is because it is his public face.


I like the idea that he's creating his own hero origin story. He orphans himself like Superman and Batman and avenges loved ones as those cited in Women in Refrigerators (unheardtaunts.com) to adopt the sad/angry hero pose.



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