So to break it down, this is the order I would put the ten story arcs found in the Before Watchmen series:
1. Dr. Manhattan – Unequivocally, the most creative story telling of the series. It also adds depth to the original series, and gives Dr. Manhattan a humanity that may not have been apparent before.
2. Minutemen – This one adds relevant and original back story to characters enjoyed, but underrepresented in the original Watchmen. The art work was very classic, and represented its time period well.
3. Nite Owl – This arc represented what I really wanted to see out of Before Watchmen, good stand alone stories. It skipped over the whole does-it-fit-the-original thing by just being it’s own good story with these great characters.
4. Silk Spectre – This story also told its own tale, and had great period based art work. The story was too predictable though, which is why I rated Nite Owl and Minutemen higher.
5. Rorschach – He is my favorite character, so it was hard to rate him so low, but I think my reasoning is good. His story was rushed because of its length, and focused on the wrong parts. I wanted a more satisfying conclusion to the Bard plot and it just didn’t happen.
6. Ozymandias – This one was the best of the worst. It is highest on that list mainly because of its artwork, which was breathtaking. The story however did little more than add irrelevant details to the Adrian Veidt story. It was tied so closely to the original story that one has to wonder what was the point of writing it at all.
7. Moloch – Moloch’s story was also tied to tightly to the original series. The only positive was that it gave some humanity to a character who has otherwise been considered a sniveling criminal.
8. Crimson Corsair – The inconsistencies killed this one. It may have been better read in two page intervals across months of time, but I doubt it. The ending was unduly rushed and other parts were drawn out for no reason.
9. Dollar Bill – At least this one was short. Its only purpose seems to be to reintroduce Minutemen after DC got behind on the production schedule. It contained absolutely no new information and was full of jokes that wouldn’t make a middle schooler laugh.
10. Comedian – Here is a couple of hours I’ll never get back. This story was completely bogus. It contained egregious rewrites of the Watchmen mythos, and diminished the Comedian as a character.