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Steven Fine and Joe Bourquin in Watchmen

Steven Fine and Joe Bourquin

These two detectives are assigned to the Edward Blake murder case, and are the first characters we meet in Chapter I. Joe is pretty stock, not much going on there, but Steve shows some initiative, tracking down Dan Dreiberg and warning him to cut down on his Nite Owl antics. Also, Steve and Joe are the ones who act on the (false) tip that Rorschach is Moloch’s killer. Steve and Joe represent the face of legal law enforcement, compared to outside-the-law vigilantes like Rorschach. And like many of the other duos in the book, Steve and Joe die by the newsstand during Veidt’s attack on New York.