Before Watchmen: Minutemen / Silk Spectre HC Hardcover – 11 Jul 2013
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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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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).
If you like your comics on the darker side of life, this is for you. It also works great on Kindle
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'.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Not Alan Moore.
Not Dave Gibbons.
Gone With The Wind. Read more
Was a very enjoyable read. Personally I thought the minutemen half was better however they were both great.Published 4 months ago by GEM
Really enjoyed the whole series. Very well written/awesome art work.Published 8 months ago by T. Boy74
Really great price- was over double this price in comic shop.Published 17 months ago by Mrs L Taylor