Alan Moore’s ground breaking comic book THE WATCHMEN was brilliant. A comment on the defunct CHARLETON COMICS characters, and a comment on comic books in general.
I ‘ve always thought that Rorschach was at least partially inspired by Robert Deniro’s portrayal of Travis Bickle in Martin Scorcese’s TAXI DRIVER.
This illustrated prequel to that comic is “Before Watchmen“.
The water color finishing is fantastic. It was done by original Watchmen colorist John Higgins, It reminds me of the fantastic illustrations in RANXEROX, a violent and explicit Italian comic book series reprinted in HEAVY METAL in the 1980s.
“Ranxerox created by Stefano Tamburini and Tanino Liberatore, ”
( I also think that Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original 1985 TERMINATOR was partially inspired by Ranxerox)
You might think that there would be a copyright issue, you can’t put a character into your comic book with the owners permission. Then again, DC comics is owned by Warner Brothers, which released TAXI DRIVER. So WB wouldn’t sue one of its own subsidiaries over something so minor would they?