Before Watchmen: Minutemen/silk Spectre

by Darwyn Cooke
Illustrator Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke

DC Comics | July 2, 2013 | Hardcover

Before Watchmen: Minutemen/silk Spectre is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
A New York Times #1 Best Seller!

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 11.13 × 7.35 × 0.7 in

Published: July 2, 2013

Publisher: DC Comics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1401238920

ISBN - 13: 9781401238926

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome :) I really enjoyed both the Watchmen graphic novels I've received so far. I was a really big fan of the movie and the graphic novel when the movie came out, and these books were just ... awesome, really. I enjoyed getting to know how the worlds most screwed up superheroes got to be who and what they were when the end of the world was orchestrated. It was kinda fun to see that Silk Spectre was really just a normal average teen for the most part, rebelling against her controlling mother in ways that weren't as rebellious as one would hope. And It was actually REALLY nice to see the truth behind the insinuations that The Comedian is her real father, because all the hints and subtle nuances never did truly confirm things, and having that clarification was wonderful. Hers was probably my favorite of the stories, with The Comedian and Nite Owl taking a close second. I almost wish it was the more current Nite Owl whose back story we were getting, though this one was actually the Minute Men just being told by the old Nite Owl, so.... It was still a good read, and it was pretty real to a degree. You could feel almost feel everything the members of the group were going through, with all the drama and the scandal. As well as the time period their story would have been set in, and all the cover ups that were necessary for that time period. You couldn't help but feel for them, and having to hide who they were from the world while trying to save it. The Comedian's story was just SO MUCH FUN to read, because he's just SO CRAZY. He's crazy mental. And he does the most gruesome things in the name of doing his job. I really doubt he's got much of a moral compass, but that's what makes him so much fun to read through. Rorschach on the other hand kind of fell flat for me, but I've never really taken to him as a character. :-/ The entire Watchmen series is fun, just because of how morally corrupt the characters are, but he's just... Not all there in such a way that it's just confusing to read sometimes, and other times you should feel for him, but you don't. However, that being said, he does do the right things for most of the right reasons, even if he is severely chaotic in the matter.
Date published: 2013-10-25

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Before Watchmen: Minutemen/silk Spectre

by Darwyn Cooke
Illustrator Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 11.13 × 7.35 × 0.7 in

Published: July 2, 2013

Publisher: DC Comics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1401238920

ISBN - 13: 9781401238926

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A New York Times #1 Best Seller!

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.

About 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).

Editorial Reviews

"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
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