This Just Happened: The Crimebusters Meet

This Just Happened: The Crimebusters Meet

By Alex Nagorski Friday, November 30th, 2012

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS #4 or BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #4 yet and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoiler ahead!)


This week saw the release of BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS #4 and BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE, both critical parts of the inter-connected prequel mini-series that build on the foundation of the original WATCHMEN, the best selling graphic novel of all time.


In BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS, brought to you by writer Len Wein and artist Jae Lee, our hero continues his career fighting crime while serving his country by advising The President during the Cuban Missile Crisis. All around him the second generation of masked adventurers makes their debut, each inspired by The Minutemen that came before them. Ozymandias watches them all as he moonlights as a crime fighter while building his business empire. But one night his effort to change the world is interrupted by a letter from Captain Metropolis summoning him to a meeting.


Meanwhile in San Francisco, Laurie defeats the Chairman once and for all in the final issue of BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE, written by Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner and illustrated by Amanda Conner. After the battle, she returns home as a “hero.” But before she can really make a difference, she has to do one last thing for her mother: attend a meeting organized by Captain Metropolis.


By bringing all the heroes together, Captain Metropolis hopes to create an organization of masked adventurers to fight crime and replace The Minutemen who disbanded years ago. This same meeting is also depicted in WATCHMEN and plays a key role in this graphic novel that inspired these mini-series.  


Metropolis’ hopes are dashed when the meeting takes a turn for the worse. The Comedian hates the idea and eventually causes everyone to leave. Will The Crimebusters ever come together as a team?  Is there a leader in their ranks that can unite them all? Share your thoughts in the comments section!


Below, take a look at some of the final pages of BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS #4 and BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #4 for two very different perspectives of when the heroes meet for the first time. And be sure to pick up future issues of BEFORE WATCHMEN to find out what happens next for The Crimebusters.