This issue opens with Laurie experiencing an acid trip and the artwork perfectly embodies that, with one page laying the panels out in a spiral. The lettering, by Carlos M. Mangual makes things perfectly clear, though. This sequence nicely summarizes the book thus far, before we switch back to a furious Sally Jupiter back home. Despite Hollis Mason assuring her that Laurie is okay and urging her to let her daughter spread her wings, Sally angrily turns to another of her former allies, The Comedian, Laurie’s biological father.
Whereas in the former issues of this book, scenes were punctuated by cartoon like images in Laurie’s head, in this issue that changes to famous paintings. I’m not sure if that is to signify that she is maturing or not, but we definitely see a more confident Silk Spectre this issue. She discovers that her boyfriend Greg has overdosed on acid and takes him to the hospital where she tearfully reveals her double life and explains why she feels she must follow in her mother’s footsteps despite herself. She then goes to exact her revenge against Gurustein and the Chairman. But first she buys some boots.
Meanwhile, The Comedian pays a visit to Greg and essentially breaks Laurie’s heart.
Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner are doing a stellar job on this series and I love all the detail and extras they are putting into it, like the little clips of artwork and tiny bits of detail that help flesh out Laurie’s character. She has a three-legged cat named Pigpen and she left a blue bird named Lamb that she worries her mother isn’t feeding. And she also struggles with the fact that she isn’t sure who her father really is. The acid trip is perfectly rendered to be stream-of-conscious and loopy, but with a panel here and there where she drifts back into sobriety.
We get a tiny reference to the over-reaching criminal plot– Gurustein and The Chairman, attempting to turn these free-loving hippies into materialistic consumers– but that plot seems unimportant. And Laurie’s confrontation with the two masterminds is very brief. If there isn’t more done in next issue to further this story, I’m afraid it’s going to feel throw-away. The real story is Laurie’s evolution and maturation, but even so the secondary plot could stand a bit more weight.
But overall, another strong issue!
BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #3
Written by Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner
Art by Amanda Conner
Cover by Conner and Paul Mounts