Silk Spectre goes on a freaky trip out after being slipped some acid from Gurustein!
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #3
Laurie, under the effects of the special consumer drug Gurustein brought to her friends’ party, spends the evening having hallucinations. That very same night, her mother finds out from Hollis Mason that Laurie’s reached out to him to tell him she is doing fine and decides to take matters into her own hands to make sure she comes running home. The next morning, Laurie’s boyfriend Greg is rushed to the hospital when he doesn’t wake up. Despite falling prey to the aftereffects of the drug and breaking into a closed store to buy some new boots, Laurie confronts Gurustein in the midst of an orgy. At the hospital, Eddie Blake pays a visit to Greg to break up the teenagers’ little love story.
Without a doubt, this has been the most surprising of the Before Watchmen series. It’s been fun and sexy without a doubt, but the level of fun it uses is what’s been the most effective thing about this story. Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner have taken to a more cartoony story that mixes funny things with sweetness and cuteness. I’ve said it before that I wouldn’t have expected that at all to see this character being a fancy free young girl. Laurie is not known in the original to have any real happy moments in life. Here, in what might be the happiest time of her somewhat tortured existence, we’re seeing a teenage girl living life to its fullest. She’s in love, she’s happy where she is, and she’s come to terms with who she is as Silk Spectre.
What’s even better is that this story doesn’t feel forced. There’s a side to this, for as far out and silly as it can be, that feels so real and natural. It takes that character I explained above as being overly serious and darker, and spins her around to be more normal than anyone else in any of these series. Sure, she has a superhero mother. Sure, she’s taken down gangs of guys. Sure, she’s being groomed for something more, but she also seems like just another girl out in the world finding her place.
It might not be the first of these books I’d recommend to fans of the original, but without a doubt, it’s spot in my heart is well secured.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Fun, sexy, and funny. Cooke and Conner built a truly unique story turning an extraordinary character and making her seem just like a normal girl.||Might be a bit too out there for most, but if you want some fun, give this one a try.|