The Comedian takes centre stage as Brian Azzarello and J.G Jones take their turn telling a tale of the Watchmen characters before the landmark series. Eddie “The Comedian” Blake is already an established hero following his war exploits and in with the Kennedys, even doing a rather big favour for Jackie. Life is good for a crime fighter.
Everything changes when Eddie is asked by the feds to help bust someone dealing drugs. Turns out Eddie needs to be out of the way in order for the assassination of JFK to happen. As Eddie drinks with his target watching the news, he realizes what’s going on as the issue concludes.
Azzarello does a great job blending the real world into the fictional Watchmen world, something Moore himself did well. There are some nasty politics involved but Eddie’s loyalty towards the Kennedys and his patriotism is somewhat admirable. Jones art is perfect for the type of book this will turn out to be . The violence is no doubt coming and his work on Wanted proves that he’s able to handle it with fantastic realism. I’m looking forward to seeing where the next issue heads as Eddie begins to unhinge and turn into that oh so loveable man that appeared in Watchmen.
Final Rating: 8/10