Before Watchmen: Minutemen/Silk Spectre

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The controversial, long-awaited prequels to the best-selling graphic novel of all-time are finally here: BEFORE WATCHMEN! For over twenty years, the back stories of the now-iconic characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's landmark graphic novel had been the subject of much debate and theorizing. Now, DC Comics has assembled the greatest creators in the industry to further paint the world of WATCHMEN, starting with this first volume starring MINUTEMEN and SILK SPECTRE

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Overview

The controversial, long-awaited prequels to the best-selling graphic novel of all-time are finally here: BEFORE WATCHMEN! For over twenty years, the back stories of the now-iconic characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's landmark graphic novel had been the subject of much debate and theorizing. Now, DC Comics has assembled the greatest creators in the industry to further paint the world of WATCHMEN, starting with this first volume starring MINUTEMEN and SILK SPECTRE

The critically acclaimed and Eisner Award-winning creator of DC: THE NEW FRONTIER Darwyn Cooke lends his talents MINUTEMEN. As the predecessor to the Watchmen, the Minutemen were assembled to fight against a world that have more and more rapidly begun to spin out of control. Can these heroes from completely different backgrounds and with completely different attitudes on crime come together? Or will they fall apart before they begin?

SILK SPECTRE takes an introspective look at the WATCHMEN feature player's struggles with her overbearing superhero mother and her scattered path toward taking the mantle of the Silk Spectre. With gorgeous art by co-writer and illustrator Amanda Conner (POWER GIRL, The Pro), SILK SPECTRE takes a very different perspective at the world of BEFORE WATCHMEN.

Collects BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN 1-6 and BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE 1-4.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The two stories in in this collection cover characters originally introduced in Alan Moore’s Watchmen. The Minutemen tale is the strongest in the collection and feel like a real expansion, not just an imitation of the source material. Cooke’s art is flawless, loaded with his distinct sharp, vintage look that is perfectly suited for the rise and fall of America’s first team of superheroes. Nite Owl’s narration through the comic provides the perfect voice to describe their exploits, including the tragedy of Silhouette and the surprising metamorphosis of the Comedian during the war. The only real letdown is that the storytelling feels rushed. In the Silk Spectre story drawn by Conner, Laurie Jupiter, frustrated with her overbearing mother, leaves Los Angeles with a new boyfriend and sets up shop in counterculture San Francisco. Her world is a peaceful patchwork of young love and part-time work until a Frank Sinatra look-alike called “the Chairman” initiates an evil scheme on the local populace to lace LSD with a substance that convinces hippies to become obsessed with buying things. The Chairman plot and the depiction of counterculture 1960s San Francisco feel forced and gimmicky, and undermine the portrayal of Laurie. (July)
From the Publisher
"BEFORE WATCHMEN has been an unqualified success."—Mtv Geek
 
"BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE is a heartfelt, gorgeous story."—Newsarma
 
"MINUTEMEN is a stunningly gorgeous piece of comic book art, from the first page to last. [Cooke is] an insanely talented writer and artist with a perfect grasp of comic book layout, innovative structures, nuanced characters, without sacrificing a sense of humor. MINUTEMEN is right at the top of the very best modern comic books have to offer."—Mtv Geek
 
"Darwyn Cooke has certainly delivered. MINUTEMEN is a gorgeously crafted comic book"—IGN
Library Journal
This collection includes two prequels to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s classic Watchmen. “Minutemen,” written and penciled by Eisner Award winner Cooke (DC: The New Frontier) concludes with the Comedian ominously telling the original Nite Owl, “There is no truth, there are only truths,” which summarizes the tell-all memoir by Nite Owl on the Minutemen and is at the core of the story. A separate narrative deals with the memoir's unpopularity among the other Minutemen, who clearly have something to hide. Nite Owl's memoir occurs during the 1940s, with World War II being an important backstory, along with the pivotal event of Minutemen Silhouette's murder. "Silk Spectre" is written by Cooke and penciled by Conner (Power Girl) and tells the backstory of the second Silk Spectre, Laurel Jane, daughter to Sally Jupiter, the original Silk Spectre and Minutemen member. Jupiter is a domineering mother determined to protect her daughter from reliving her own past bad experiences with men. Alas, Laurel runs away with her boyfriend to colorful 1960s San Francisco.

Verdict Cooke captures some of the morally conflicted characterizations that readers loved in the original Watchmen. Artist Paul Mounts’s coloring stands out along with Conner’s artwork in “Silk Spectre.” Includes variant covers. Recommended.—Scott Vieira, Sam Houston State Univ. Lib., Huntsville, TX
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401238926
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 299,897
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Darwyn Cooke is an Eisner Award-winning comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator, known for his work on the comic books CATWOMAN, DC: THE NEW FRONTIER, THE SPIRIT and Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter.

Amanda Conner started out in comics after working as an illustrator for New York ad agencies. However, loving comic books and cartooning the most, Amanda found work at Archie, Marvel and Claypool Comics early in her career. She's probably best known for her work on Vampirella for Harris Comics, as well as Painkiller Jane, CODENAME KNOCKOUT, BIRDS OF PREY, and the creator-owned books Gatecrasher and The Pro (with Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis).

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

    It's interesting to read these background stories that take plac

    It's interesting to read these background stories that take place "Before Watchmen".  However, (and this is true concerning ALL of the "Before Watchmen" graphic novels) these books have the absolute worst application of Zoom View that I have as of yet come across!  Panels are cut off, dialogue is cut off, etc.  Absolutely terrible!  These books all need to be redone with the inclusion of some quality control.  Buy them for the stories, but don't expect to be using the Zoom View feature as you read them.

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