YMMV: Before Watchmen

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Travis Bickle shows up out of nowhere, and gives Rorschach a ride through Times Square. Weirdly enough, they seem to like each other.
  • Contested Prequel
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Silhouette gained a small fandom with the release of the series even though she's alive for only 4 issues of Minutemen. The expansion of her backstory, her love interest, and her relationship with her teammates being praised as a good use of an Ascended Extra. Her redesign into a classy suit, trench coat and boots, was also well received.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some of the original's more zealous fans are ignoring these titles. They are led by Alan Moore. Even Dave Gibbons, despite encouraging the writers and artists, clarifies that the only thing he considers canon is what he and Alan Moore worked on together.
    Dave Gibbons: "As far as I'm concerned, what Alan and I did was the Watchmen graphic novel and a couple of illustrations that came out at the same time. Everything else - the movie, the game, the prequels - are really not canon. They're subsidiary. They're not really Watchmen. They're just something different."
  • Internet Backdraft: Reading some discussion forums, one suspects that DC Comics would have gotten a less explosive reaction if they'd announced a series of prequels to The Bible.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Moloch in the first half of the series, embracing crime after the bullying and hate he received as a child.
  • Love It or Hate It: It got a bit of this response from fans only a few issues in.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "It's time to shit."
    • Bitch to be you right now.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Upon re-reading the Darwyn Cooke penned series, there's two characters named Greg. In Minutemen, Greg was a soldier in Eddie's company who survived an ambush with him and helped take him to safety. In Silk Spectre, Greg is Laurie's boyfriend, and mentions his dad was in the military. The Comedian notes that he and Greg's dad are war buddies from '44. The Comedian mentions Greg was from California, where Laurie and her Greg were raised. Minutemen!Greg may be the father of Silk Spectre!Greg, both have the same hair color and similar jaw structures.
  • Smurfette Breakout: Silk Spectre is the best-loved of the Before Watchmen series by the old-school Watchmen fandom.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Kid!Adrian's eyes. Jeez.
    • Lee Bermejo somehow manages to make the ugly Walter Kovacs even uglier by making him look more realistic.
  • Unfortunate Implications: A long essay "Who Whitewashes the Watchmen" has raised concerns with the more "heroic" Eddie Blake in the prequels.
  • The Woobie:
    • In Minutemen, all Byron Lewis wanted to do was use his flying harness for good, but his subsequent career as a costumed hero wreaks havoc on his physical and emotional health, and by the end of the miniseries, he's confined to a sanitarium.
    • Moloch in the last half of his miniseries. The poor guy...