Before Watchmen: Ozymandias
No I won’t take the book at it’s own merits and yes there will be SPOILERS. You have been warned.
Plot: Ozymandias reveals a laughable amount of information as he writes his autobiography.
Review: If I really broke it down, Ozymandias and Dr. Manhattan are my favorite characters from Watchmen. My favorite thing about Ozymandias was how even though he was the smartest man in the world, he didn’t really act like it. They always talk about how emotionless Manhattan was, but Ozymandias was equally as vacant but with his compassion. He always wanted us to see the reason and the logic in what he was doing even as he beat you up. He was so far above us that he had no feelings of hatred towards us as that would be pointless. It’s what drove him to do what he did.
That’s not what we got and this is the worst series by far.
Adrian is rewritten as if one of the nerds from the Big Bang Theory was the world’s smartest man. He now looks at us like insects to annoy him which confuses his quest then. He comes off more as a bragger than anything else. Also he is really cold, which I never got from the original. This is a man who felt the deaths of like 6 million people and is now killing people without mercy.
It’s like the writer only knew that Ozymandias was the villain and the world’s smartest man and went from there.
Also his friendship with Dr. Manhattan is rewritten as a rivalry where Manhattan was aware of but bothered not to investigate. While this may be about how the good Dr. was indifferent to us, it just feels false as it’s that friendship that helped cloud what Adrian was doing. Now it just seem Manhattan is dumber than he is.
Worst of all and the best point: Ozymandias puts on the mask because his first girlfriend died. A GIRL! For OZYMANDIAS!! Writers you have ONE JOB!