So overall I’m not sure how to feel about Nite Owl #2. I think that’s kind of the problem with Before Watchmen so far. You just kind of finish an issue and… It doesn’t feel like anything’s happened? It doesn’t seem like it adds anything to Watchmen. Instead it feels like it takes something away by boiling these characters down to caricatures of themselves, hitting only on points we’ve already established, even at times that aren’t appropriate.
And there’s a lot that just doesn’t seem to mesh with canon, because the writers are focusing too hard on how a character acted in Watchmen instead of how they got to that point in the story. I mean, I don’t consider these mini-series canon because they are, in fact, superfluous to the story ofWatchmen (neither do Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore, as we all know…) but it could have been a neat thing to read in the same way that fanfic is; seeing how people interpret characters is always nice. Except these interpretations aren’t well written, so what’s the point?
Silk Spectre is still the exception to this, because (so far) it actually feels like a plausible history for Laurie to have, and it isn’t trying too hard to go for grimdark like the other titles. It’s fine for these minis to have a different tone than Watchmen!
Oh, and Comedian is still the worst of the titles so far. Just fyi.