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Before Watchmen: Minutemen / Silk Spectre HC [Hardcover]

Darwyn Cook , Amanda Conner , Darwyn Cooke
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9 July 2013 Before Watchmen
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 have remained a mystery - until now! Now, DC Comics has assembled the greatest creators in the industry to further paint the world of Watchmen, starting with this first volume starring the Minutemen and Silk Spectre! The critically acclaimed and Eisner Award-winning creator of DC: The New Frontier, Darwyn Cooke, lends his talents to the Minutemen. As the predecessor to 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? Laurie Juspeczyk 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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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (9 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401238920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401238926
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 18.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
The stories from the mini-series Minutemen (6 issues) and Silk Spectre (4 issues) are collected as Before Watchmen: Minutemen / Silk Spectre HC. These stories, set (obviously) before the events of the 25 year-old Watchmen TP International Edition mini-series slot flawlessly into the continuity. I have only read two of the collected editions so far, but each one has contained superbly scripted stories, with excellent artwork. The stories have managed to capture the feel of the original, add depth to the back-stories, and contribute their own twists to the overall plot, while being excellent, occasionally brilliant, stories in their own right. The stories in this volume contain the story of the founding, life, and eventual disbanding of the 1940s supergroup, the Minutemen, and the, for want of a better word, `secret origin' of the Silk Spectre. The Minutemen story dovetails into the Nite Owl miniseries, and the Silk Spectre intersects with the Dr. Manhattan series, but only if you have read them - you wouldn't know if you haven't. That is another element of this/these series, the interconnectedness of everything - the editorial staff must have had nightmares keeping the plot-threads so tangled.

This series is told from the perspective of the original Nite Owl. Those who have read the original series may remember that he wrote his best-selling memoirs of the `good old days'. Here we see the days as they really were, with all the dark side that was expunged from the published version - "print the legend" - as everyone involved has something they want kept hidden.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The lower you aim, the harder it is to miss 26 Oct 2013
By John Clayton III VINE VOICE
Where to start with this travesty?
I could start with Cooke's reliance on rape as a story engine for tough girls that he transplants from his noir-influenced works elsewhere, compounded here by the addition of Nazis as the rapists and the survivor being turned gay by the experience... yes, that's a good place to start BECAUSE IT IS 2013. Another bone of contention would be the work of Amanda Connor - by no means a poor draftsman (if you'll excuse my presumption this is a gender-neutral term) she is nonetheless known for her borderline-cheesecake lines on DC's Power Girl and an ill-advised choice for a story about a teenage runaway in a short skirt doing special mummy-and-daddy hugs with older men. The impression of the artwork married to the lack of any urgency or catalysing events - in the opening acts of both stories - to frame a larger plot arc does detach from the Watchmen template but also gives the impression that more than anything else that the SS portion of this tome is just really clumsy coming-of-age comics in the style of Archie by creators not savvy or experienced enough to know you don't put things like underage sex and rape threats in an all-ages book. By all means, it's commendable to try and go a different route than the rest of the Before Watchmen material - which is largely grimacing and angry men glowering at rapists or communists or that one where the Comedian has a cry with some gangsters because JFK that's why - but there's no endgame here, and no feeling of a move towards any conclusion in the stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This one works 2 Oct 2013
I had read the Comedian/Rorschach book before this one and found it a bit disappointing, particularly the Rorschach part. However this is much better. The Minutemen story is well written and beautifully illustrated in a convincing period style. It actually adds something to the Watchmen story and is a solid 5 stars for me. Silk Spectre is good and also beautifully illustrated in a different and appropriate style but the story line wasn't as gripping. So overall a four star review but still strongly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 20 Sep 2013
By Dr
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Ok, its not a patch on the original Watchmen but it is pretty good, with the Minutemen part being very good and Silk Spectre good, nice style and a very dark storyline, for the minutemen in particular. Worth it but I can see how this would wind up real fans of the original
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