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Before Watchmen: Minutemen / Silk Spectre HC Hardcover – 11 Jul 2013

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 01 edition (11 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401238920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401238926
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.8 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,286 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""

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).


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Format: Hardcover
This is the “Before Watchmen: Minutemen / Silk Spectre” collection. It's part of DC Comics 'New 52' saga, and serves as a follow-up project to the phenomenally successful “Watchmen” mini-series (later published as a graphic novel) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons from the 1980’s. “Before Watchmen” is, for the most part, concerned with prequel stories involving both central and secondary characters of “Watchmen”.

The “Before Watchmen” project consists of several mini-series, and includes:

‘Minutemen’ (six issues) - Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
‘Silk Spectre’ (four issues) - Writers: Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner. Artist: Amanda Conner
‘Comedian’ (six issues) - Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J. G. Jones
‘Nite Owl’ (four issues) - Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
‘Ozymandias’ (six issues) - Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
‘Rorschach’ (four issues) - Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
‘Dr. Manhattan’ (four issues) - Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes
‘Moloch’ (two issues) - Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Eduardo Risso
‘Dollar Bill’ (one-shot) - Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Steve Rude

These 37 issues draw on the classic “Watchmen” publication in many important ways, seeking to expend, enrich and deepen that fictional universe. While “Before Watchmen” lacks both the originality and genius that defined Moore and Gibbins’ work, it’s nonetheless a serious and substantial contribution to the saga (and is amongst the better of the instalments of ‘The New 52’ franchise).

This particular book brings together the 10 issues which, separately, concern the Minutemen and Silk Spectre. If you enjoyed “Watchmen” and you’re interested in reading more about the characters and the dark and often grim world they occupy, then I recommend this book. There are three other collections of 'Before Watchmen' (available in both hardback and paperback).
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A few people have said this isn't a great comic, I beg to differ. It's a dark journey that can't help but invoke an emotional response much like many of the stories incorporated in the original Watchmen comics. The Silk Spectre side deals with a coming of age storyline linked with a look at the seedier side of 60s hippy culture. The Minutemen storyline gives a great look behind the curtain of the original watchmen.

If you like your comics on the darker side of life, this is for you. It also works great on Kindle
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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.

MINUTEMEN
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'.
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As soon as i read the first five pages of the book i realized that by reading this it will change how i view watchmen. Watchmen is just too good. The art is nice though and I'm sure the book is reasonably good too. I just don't want to change the way i see characters.
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most of the before watchmen comics weren't very good on a whole, let alone standing up to their original source. However minutemen and silk spectre were both brilliant, neither rehashed old stories and actually added to the characters. I was very disappointed every month with others such as the comedian's or the increasingly dull oxymadias series (which did have stunning art) but these two comics kept me interested, and im very glad I sent my time reading them of all the before watchmen comics to buy I would have said either of these, having them together is just handy. I have to mention though that Dr Manhattan is also worth a read but the rest you can give a miss.
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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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