Before Watchmen continues with the first book to spotlight a solo character. Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre tells the story of Sally Jupiter and her daughter Laurie who is on the way to replace her. Their relationship seems strong when Laurie is a kid but as the story progresses it’s obvious there are some issues there and knowing who her dad is, that shouldn’t shock you.
And maybe it has to do with the fact that Sally is training her daughter to be a hero by sneaking up on her and beating on her. I could see how that would lead to complications in a relationship. Eventually Laurie has enough and flees from her mother with a boy. There are these random illustrations that depict how Laurie feels that seem out of place and needless that took me out of the story at times.
While the Minutemen issue was as close to a homerun as this idea could get, Silk Spectre falls flat. Darwyn Cooke doesn’t get it totally right this time as the story seems like a generic CW One Tree Hill crap plotline. Hopefully it leads to something further down the series but it hasn’t gotten off to a good start. Amanda Conner does draw the heck out of the book but there isn’t enough substance to go with the style.
Final Rating: 5/10