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Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1

(Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  907 ratings  ·  23 reviews
“I watch as a box containing a mystery is lowered into the soil.” And don’t miss the latest chapter of the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup epic from writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 22nd 2012 by DC Comics
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Jedi JC Daquis
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
JMS is taking the Dr. Manhattan series to an interesting place. Last time I've read Watchmen, Dr. Manhattan can perceive time differently than us, yet he cannot change the events that have already happened and even the future, or at least he doesn't want to. Here's a story where Jon can see events that happened OUTSIDE his own timeline. He sees himself not becoming Dr. Manhattan, getting out of the chamber and not molecularly separated in the intrinsic field generator.

What's in the box? The
توفيق عبد الرحيم
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superheroes
writing from dr.manhattan's point of view isnt easy good job
what am i ?
why am i?
who am i?
Michael J.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
As a group, the Before Watchmen mini-series tried and usually failed to capture the magic of Alan Moore's original story. Here, in Dr. Manhattan, J. Michael Straczynski does one of the better jobs of trying to go metaphysical and symbolic and beyond the superficial trappings of the core superhero story. The ability of Dr. Manhattan to view past events from an alternative outcome (what if?) is clever and interesting, but by focusing so much on what's going on inside his head it makes for a rather ...more
Venus Maneater
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
It was nice to get a closer look at Dr Manhattan's perception of time and space. The writing isn't horrible, but JMS can't hold a candle to Moore. Writing about metaphysics in metaphors, without sounding like a pretentious neckbeard is difficult and JMS just barely pulls it off.
Susan Bin
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
even ah couldnt save the terrible writing (jms i expect more from you)
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bit of rehash from the original watchmen comic
Brianna florence
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Aug 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Acknowledge the writer ability to engage reader. Highly recommended this book on this shelf.
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dc-comics, watchmen
So this comic is pretty much an exact copy of the story of Dr. Manhattan from the original Watchmen series. It's written similar to the original comic in that it's written non-linearly and switching time frames between frames. This is nice to see, but it's just the same thing from the original comic. (view spoiler) ...more
Rosemarie Short
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I think it's worth warning those that read the original Watchmen series that this comic resells the story of Dr Manhattan from there; almost a word for word retelling at that. If you never have, and never intend to, read the original than this will appeal. Otherwise you're rather throwing money away by purchasing; better to look at the Dollar Bill or Minute Men origins - you'll get more out of it!
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
'Even as I think these words for the first time, the ME who is my future self is REMEMBERING me thinking these words for the first time.'

I love the point of view and overall temperament of Dr. Manhattan so I was super psyched to read this part of the 'Before Watchmen' series. The art is beautiful and even though the first issue addresses the same topic of becoming Dr. Manhattan as the original comic does, I'm still over the moon for this character.

Can't wait to read the rest.
Philippe Ory
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The themes and the way the way they are developed make this a great series that is quite faithful to the original. "What's in the box?" is a great leitmotiv. It's a better experience if you read all four episodes in one sitting.
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you like getting mind fucked (read if you thought you got or could think how things must have been to Dr. Manhattan with his curse / boon) this is your book.

Takes on perfectly from the mind fuck platform put in place in the original.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
So far story is pretty much how I remember it being told in the original graphic novel, not much "before watchmen" taking place yet. There is a little more of the quantum physics angle presented which can cause brain swelling for those expecting a quick read.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the better Before Watchmen stories - art is magnificent and characters are great with the structure and layout above average. The story was great the first few issues but issue #4 was kind of a letdown and unnecessary.
Booky Mary
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si je n'avais qu'un seul personnage de comics a vous conseiller, ce serais sans aucune hésitation : Dr. Manhattan. En particulier dans cette nouvelle série avec un trait de crayon qui sublime le personnage :
Daniel Piqueras delgado
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ooooo. Trippy.
Eugenio Tena
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You gotta love Adam Hugues, the art is like a stream of pinups, and the story is the weirdest non conventional surprise of this series!!! Read it!!
Noel Manhattan
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una maravilla en todos los sentidos. El color de Laura Martín es extraordinario. Una pena que no haya tenido una mayor repercusión.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What's inside the box?
s e n t i m e n t a l i t i e s olittlebear
I liked it until he became Dr. Manhattan. I just don't like his character anyway though..
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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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