Will new stories about Nite Owl, Dr. Manhattan and Rorschach live up to the legacy?
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Real name: Jon Osterman
What we know from "Watchmen": A laboratory accident turned Osterman into a Superman of sorts, but robbed him of his abilities to relate to most basic human emotions. His immense power makes him a Cold War icon, but ultimately leads to his involuntary involvement in the world-altering master plan at the center of the 1986 series.
What we might see in "Before Watchmen": Much of Osterman's life story -- including his romance with the younger Silk Spectre, Laurie Juspeczyk -- is covered in the original series, but readers might expect a look at Doc's early days as Earth's only superpowered being, who casually makes criminals' heads explode ("The morality of my activities escapes me...").