This one begins with one helluva conspiracy involving Jackie Kennedy enlisting Eddie to take out Marilyn Monroe; ha! We are taken through some of Comedian’s missions up until Kennedy’s assassination. Then we see Eddie go to Vietnam and enjoying himself. After, Eddie takes a break in Hawaii. It starts off, not slowly, but it takes longer for interest to take hold, since it seems we are going through the war-time of the Comedian’s life. It goes on to how much damage he causes and the cover-up which would have been confessed if not for the assassination of Kennedy and who was actually behind it. I’m looking forward to Rorschach’s story more, anyways.
His begins with his journal entry about the only time his mother smiled at him and it goes on to mention a drug dealer he tracks down and threatens into revealing to him where his stash is. He uncovers something else, getting into a mess, but escapes with his life which gives him the chance for revenge. He threatens Rawhead’s gang into learning his whereabouts. Rorschach follows a lead and discovers Rawhead, going straight into a trap, unfortunately, during which, the waitress who he’d asked out to thank her for her kindness is left by herself and in the danger of a predator during a riot. It wasn’t bad, but Ozymandias/Crimson Corsair still wins the race so far. The next Before Watchmen I reviewed is, here.
I read only the short story, but from the book The Double Life is Twice as Good, which, if I locate again, will try to continue, but I started watching the show on the behest of my boyfriend; I laughed. Hard. So I was definitely intrigued by the short story, finding it at an exceptionally local book/music/movie, etc. trade store. Whilst Jonathan Ames describes his alcoholism, it also reminded me of someone close to me. After reading the page in the introduction of the show, I figured I’d enjoy the story as well. Ames is likable and straightforward. He had decided to give up on serious relationships, due to the anguish and guilt involved and gives me more authors to research, i.e. Hammett, Goodis, Chandler, and Thompson. He does put up an ad on Craigslist, like the show. He used it as a means to write an essay, which isn’t what the character Jonathan has in mind. We do get the same story as the first episode as we begin his unlicensed P.I.-ing. The story gets funnier with the description of himself which Schwartzman wouldn’t have been able to use; He is a humorous writer. Then a line given to Galifianakis’ character is used to get into the building where the boyfriend lives to the missing girl, also used for a different episode. One other change is how Ames misses seeing the boyfriend, this time being caused by a bathroom break. He also gets in an easier, less funnier made-for-TV way and discovers said boyfriend on the bed doing drugs instead of girl’s sister. Also the outcome is much different and less funny. Then Ames describes his reaction in a pretty hilarious way, to what he uncovers, which he hadn’t encountered before. After trying and failing to contact the college girl, Ames is properly freaked out. So much so, he calls the number given to him by the bartender: G.; guy sounds like a wannabe gangster. G. was what I expected when Ames meets him at a café and goes outside to talk to him. They get in a car with a driver, G. has them driven to a secluded place where they have Lisa, the girl’s sister, bound, but not on a bed, it instead being a couch. Ames is in a much stickier, less funny situation than the show gives, and I’m quite entertained, but it does end quite abruptly. I almost can’t believe the reality of the situation, it’s so wild I now want to research whether he did time for his “actions”. Lively story, for certain. Also, after finishing the series I can see where some of this story seemed to be mixed through some of the later episodes due to seeming to fit better with those story-lines.
This book was such an easy read and since it’s based on true events and is so absurd what these kids did, it makes the reading of it simple to breeze through. The author’s way of describing what goes on and what they may have said fits completely; much better than the movie portrayal. The pictures inside the book also show the damage to the one whom was murdered and descriptions which are pretty disgusting.
It also includes the mug shots of all the kids involved (which most of which have vacant expressions with simple-minded features). Whilst reading this, I started to understand how low on the bar of intelligence these kids were. Most of them had a typical low-middle class upbringing so they weren’t necessarily the pampered kids who develop their clever-bone in private school. These kids were working at being the scum of the earth even before they picked up knives and drugs. When it updates what they were charged with, most of it is inaccurate, due to how long ago it was written. Puccio, who was charged with the death penalty got his sentence changed to life in prison. Although now three are free while Puccio, the one who did the stabbing, is still in prison.
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