Last week we shared a preview of Darwyn Cooke‘s Minutemen, the first series released in the Before Watchmen line. The artwork looked great but it wasn’t until I read the book did I realize how good that prequel story is going to be. Honestly, the first issue of Minutemen is worth it for The Silhouette’s short vignette alone. It’s so good I have to wonder why isn’t she getting her own comic?
For the next series released in Before Watchmen it’s Cooke’s turn to shine again, but not with his artwork. Cooke’s behind the story of Silk Spectre #1, dropping tomorrow, and it features the stunning artwork of Amanda Connor. Probably best known for drawing a Power Girl who was both busty and badass, Connor is a great choice to re-imagine the Silk Spectre. Just like Cooke’s retro, pulp style suits the Minutemen, Connor completely understands how to portray Silk Spectre as sexy but not overtly. (Consider it the antithesis to that recent Catwoman cover.)
Check out the five page preview below and let us know what you thought of Minutemen #1 and if you’re planning to snag Silk Spectre #1, too!
Source: L.A. Times’ Hero Complex
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.
People are vehemently opposed on whether the whole idea of a Before Watchmen series is a good idea or the worst idea ever. If you asked Alan Moore, you’d get a face full of spit and acid, as he thinks the whole thing is blasphemous. Of course, that’s a bit hypocritical, considered his consistent track record of using other people’s characters to make his own stories, so you could just chalk it up to the fact that he was scammed out of his copyrights.
However you cast your vote on the subject, the project is moving ahead as planned. It looks like the original covers that DC released weren’t working for them, so they’ve thrown out three new ideas. Here’s a bit of a peak at the new covers.
Cover art by Darwyn Cooke.
Release date is July 11th.
Silk Spectre –
Cover art by Amanda Conner.
Release date is July 18th.
The Comedian –
Cover art by J.G. Jones.
Release date is July 25th.
Personally, I like the originals, but what can you do?
Thanks to the kids at ComicBookMovie.com for the heads-up on this one.
This beautiful, and I stress, BEAUTIFUL new piece from Darwyn Cooke features the Minutemen in all their nostalgic, 40s-looking pulp glory. The exclusive art was revealed along with Fast Company’s interview with Alan Moore, which was weird ’cause can you imagine him having anything nice to say about the Before Watchmen prequel series?
The interview is worth checking out. Whether you agree with Moore or not you’ve got to admit he always has something interesting to say. I particularly like this quote, in where he explains everything that’s wrong with pop culture today,
There’s been a growing dissatisfaction and distrust with the conventional publishing industry, in that you tend to have a lot of formerly reputable imprints now owned by big conglomerates. As a result, there’s a growing number of professional writers now going to small presses, self-publishing, or trying other kinds of [distribution] strategies. The same is true of music and cinema. It seems that every movie is a remake of something that was better when it was first released in a foreign language, as a 1960s TV show, or even as a comic book. Now you’ve got theme park rides as the source material of movies. The only things left are breakfast cereal mascots. In our lifetime, we will see Johnny Depp playing Captain Crunch.
He’s got a point.
But I still think the Watchmen prequels are a perfectly fine idea. DC Comics own the characters and keeping them fresh in fans’ minds is the best way for the entire series to profit; including Moore’s original epic which I bet we’ll see go up in sales with Before Watchmen‘s release.
How could you deny talent like Cooke’s from working on these characters!? His style is PERFECT for a series about the Minutemen. And as if I wasn’t already pumped for both his work on this series and Silk Spectre with Amanda Connor, this artwork has me drooling.
What do you think of Cooke’s take on the Minutemen?
Sources: Comics Alliance, io9
October is almost here and that means, come October 31, which we all know so well as Halloween, skanky females will be trotting around wearing as little clothing as possible and having almost every nook and cranny of their body accentuated. So, to all you women out there, here is my list of the Top 10 Sexy Costumes I think you should wear in order to help my nerdy-self feel as though you are showing off just for me.