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Review: Before Watchmen: Moloch #2

Before Watchmen Moloch #2 Cover

The Eleven-Thirty Absolution


"We are doing great things here, Edgar. Amazing things.”

And don’t miss the final chapter of the “Crimson Corsair” backup feature from writer/artist JOHN HIGGINS!


WARNING: Before Watchmen is for Mature Audiences the preview may contain images unsuitable for some viewers.


See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic

Cover & Solicit 3/5

The covers for the Before Watchmen series have all been hit and miss for me. The main cover for this issue is nothing special, just a playing card featuring Ozymandias, and I suppose is to reflect him being the King of his empire. It makes slightly more sense if you see it and the cover from issue together. The variant cover on the other-hand is better and actually shows Moloch.

Art, Colors & Inking 3/5

I haven't been a fan of the art used in the Moloch books. This issue is no different. It just looks sloppy. While the art gives Moloch a sort of creepy vibe like that of a goblin or troll, it doesn't work as well on the other characters.

Layout & Flow 4/5

This issue starts out slow dropping little bread crumbs along the way. At first I was disappointed thinking this was the final issue and all we get is Moloch in Office Space. It eventually picks up and lines you up for the events that take place in Watchmen.

Story 5/5

This issue involves Adrian Veidt (Ozzy) giving Moloch a second change in life. He gives him a job to number check, stating that a machine isn't a precise and can still make mistakes. It turns out that the errors are actually being put into place by Adrian. We also see the plan start to unfold of how Adrian has been cancer in individuals to frame Dr. Manhattan. If you haven't read his ongoing series it might be a little puzzling at first why he would betray another member of the Crime Busters. In the end we are left with the final moments of The Comedian and Moloch as it leads into the events of the original Watchmen book. The initial pacing aside I have to say this was an excellent read and I recommend it to anyone who wants to know some of the subtle back-story into the series.

Verdict 4

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