Writer: Michael Straczynski
Pencils by Adam Kubert
Inks by the legendary Joe Kubert (85 and still producing work like this?)
This is the one written by Michael J. Straczynski so I guess he has to produce. He actually doesn’t do a bad job of filling in the Nite Owl mythos, both old and new. He does some tinkering of his own here because he essentially remakes the old Nite Owl into a complete badass who embraces technology. Did you know that there was an Owlmobile? Yeah, me neither. And while the original Nite Owl was both a cop and a mechanic I didn’t think he had this kind of aptitude.
He essentially creates a backdrop for the new Nite Owl as the child of an abusive father, although you get the impression that he just beats his wife and not his only son. Here’s the mother and the son kind of letting the mean ol wife beating dad die.
He also creates the reality that the old Nite Owl was essentially a father figure to the new Nite Owl. They just didn’t have late night conversations. The old Nite Owl essentially built and groomed the new Nite Owl. Here’s a scene:
I should point out that this a gritty and tough Nite Owl. That’s probably because of the phenomenal work of the Kuberts. This is just a contrast with the old Watchmen Nite Owl, who we saw mostly as just an old guy with his stories and his dog. He really does feel more like a blue collar Batman here.
We are also introduced into some other scenes, some new, some classic. We find out that Rorshack essentially became his partner by just sneaking into the Owl Ship. We view that infamous scene about the creation of the Crimebusters from Nite Owl’s eyes where he thinks he has a connection to the Silk Spectre even when she’s being eyed with interest by Dr. Manhattan. The writer also adds a whole other layer to that scene and makes Captain Metropolis look not at all paunchy but very very serious. He adds dialogue but it still works.
Overall, not bad. This is a very respectful look at the old material. This is just another issue that just has mindblowingly good art. I give it a 3.98 out of 5 stars.