The announcement of DC‘s upcoming Before Watchmen series, exploring the origins of the characters from Alan Moore and David Gibbons famous collaboration, is poised to be a controversial one. The series has already sparked more than a few debates about idea ownership and corporate greed versus artistic integrity. Honestly, all the fuss will likely only help Before Watchmen as I’m sure the more people who hear of it will want to check things out when the series begins this summer. Unless, everyone takes out their anger through pirating. But that’s not really fair either, especially when you see some of the beautiful artwork awaiting us.
Below is a gallery of 21 photos captured by Buzzfeed when they had a chance to visit DC Comics’ headquarters. Featured are, “images from nearly all of the six new Before Watchmen titles (with the exception of Brian Azzarello and J.G. Jones’ Comedian miniseries), and includes both black-and-white comics pages and full-color character design sheets.” The largest sample comes from Darwyn Cooke‘s Minuteman series, and even acknowledging everything I know to be fundamentaly wrong about Before Watchmen, I am craving that book.
Before Watchmen includes:
RORSCHACH (4 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
MINUTEMEN (6 issues) – Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
COMEDIAN (6 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones
DR. MANHATTAN (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes
NITE OWL (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
OZYMANDIAS (6 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
SILK SPECTRE (4 issues) – Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner
CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR (backup story) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: John Higgins