18 June 2012
Before Watchmen; Silk Spectre #1 review
Sadly, what I liked the most about this comic book was the cover, and the coloring by Paul Mounts. Amanda’s art is not at its best and it feels irregular throughout the book. The story was kind of like a bad Strangers in Paradise rip-off tied-in with Watchmen through some references. Plus, the Tijuana Bible scene makes no sense: very early in the original Watchmen Sally explains to Laurie what a TJ Bible is (meaning, before 1985, she never knew what one of those was, and it would be highly unlikely she would forget about that when it played a part in an important episode of her life). The symbolism that Cooke designed for this story is weak and forgettable. It never hits you, and I really do not understand why doesn’t he at least incorporates a little of the well designed the Watchmen has. It’s kind of like some jerk rewriting Joyce’s Finnegans Wake without its particular rhythm. Even the cultural references were pointless, like the Alberto Vargas one, it didn’t do anything for the narrative, it just seemed to be a “fun fact”.
Also, the back-up pirate comic: still nothing to write home about. It seems pointless, it appears that they didn’t understand what was the point of that in Moore’s original work.