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DC has been releasing these weekly previews to get us amped and excited and more likely to go pick up the first issue of their Before Watchmen series. Has it been working on you? I’ve so far bought both Minuteman and Silk Spectre, but those were the two titles I was already interested in. Has the preview of Comedian by Brian Azzarello and J.G. Jones swayed me to add it to my pull?

Well, I am intrigued by the Kennedy connections and the implication the Comedian might have played a part in the famous Marilyn Monroe’s tragic demise. Especially when I think about years later, in Watchmen, it’s implied the Comedian took out J.F.K. Maybe him offing Kennedy’s girlfriend caused a row? Who knows! But I guess I’ll have to read this one too if I want to find out.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

 

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.

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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.

Minutemen

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.