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Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1 (Before Watchmen: Nite Owl, #1)

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When the original Nite Owl Hollis Mason retires, who will answer the call to take his place? Writer J. Michael Straczynski and artists Joe and Andy Kubert team to assemble the tale of tech-wizard Dan Dreiberg--the man who would carry the mantle of one of the world's greatest heroes.

“The hero known to the public only as Nite Owl announced his retirement today.” Plus: Don’t
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 27th 2012 by DC Comics (first published 2012)
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Jul 04, 2012 Abhinav rated it really liked it
Note: This is a guest review written by me for the Civilian-Reader blog.

My prior experience with Watchmen is limited to the 2009 film adaptation. I remember that it was an extremely weird experience, as I had no prior familiarity with it and I was rather confused for the whole of it. My friends helped fill in a few blanks later during dinner and then that was that. As you can no doubt tell, I was not motivated to go pick up Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel and read the source material.
João Melo
Aug 07, 2015 João Melo rated it really liked it
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Now we have the origin story of the second Nite Owl, Dan Dreiberg, and his partnership with Rorschach (well actually in this timeline according to Rorschach himself he is still just Walter Kovacs pretending to be Rorschach).
Well writen and well paced. We see the motivations and training for taking the Nite Owl name. I really enjoyed reading this, the first of the Before Watchmen series that I think actually made justice to the original characters.
We see Rorschach before he completely turned into
Apr 04, 2013 Kevin rated it liked it
Very nice story, with solid connections to the original graphic novel as it answers questions regarding the character's past. Since Nite Owl's origin was only hinted at before this series, I liked how this issue effectively delves into that material. Only drawback is the art, particularly with the colors. While decent, the images just don't compare with the visceral and gritty elements of Dave Gibbons' work in the graphic novel. I like the designs, but I would've preferred a more Jim Lee/Gary ...more
s e n t i m e n t a l i t i e s olittlebear
Meh. Not very interested in this one. And what's with the bit where they pair the heroes? Why were there ones between Dr. Manhattan and Silk Spectre? Is that Dr. Manhattan's doing or alternate realities or what?.. Just the way on the next page Nite Owl even said he was sure they were fated. Yes I've seen the movie, read Watchmen, blahblah so I know the end result, but in this comic as a standalone.. Ideas?
Paul Dinger
Dec 06, 2012 Paul Dinger rated it did not like it
I recommend it for Joe Kubert's final art. It is his art although he is only listed as an inker. However, it is slavish to the Watchmen original and just shows how desperate this whole enterprise really is. Kubert's art makes you wish they got gutsey, they had the right author in J. Michial Straczynski who went balls out on several marvel titles. Say it aint so Joe?
Nov 11, 2013 Georgina rated it really liked it
This was a great star to the Nite Owl series. However the only reason it fell short of the full 5 stars is I just don't believe that he would have spoken about the Silk Spectre, and his feelings for her, so openly with Rorschach. Other than that, pretty damn cool...Can't wait to get the next one started!
Jan 25, 2013 Christopher rated it liked it
Was skeptical at first, but now am a huge fan of the Before Watchmen series. Just finished the four Nite Owl books and was pleasantly surprised. Great story on its own with nice ties to the original book.
Annette Jordan
Never really a fan of Nite Owl in the original books. at the time thought he was weak and a goody goody but have since realised he was the moral centre and conscience of the Watchmen. Will be interesting to see where this goes story wise
Though I never liked Nite Owl at all, this issue was completely amazing! And it features Rorschach's first appearence on this series.
Well written and incredibly illustrated. It develops the relationship between both Nite Owls, Hollis and Daniel.
Luiz Fernando
Aug 03, 2013 Luiz Fernando rated it liked it
The Nite owl arch of "Before Watchmen" is a fun read, but not a masterpiece, nor a must-read work.

Although it's not a waste of time, it's nothing near the original Watchmen.
Noel Manhattan
May 24, 2013 Noel Manhattan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No soy muy fan de los Kubert pero su arte en este cómic es impresionante. De todo lo que he leído hasta ahora... El color es el que menos me gusta.
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Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and ...more
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