Dr. manhattan

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.


Watchmen Cake

There’s only one thing I envy more then Dr. Manhattans big, blue…eh…head? (come on, all you guys wish you had one!) I want to have a Watchmen wedding cake (well, really I want a grooms cake of Castle Grayskull) but the watchmen cake is pretty cool too. The top layer, the Comedian Button, which represents the Comedian character as showing people what they really are, with a smile, is carrot cake with Philadelphia filling. The middle tier, Rorschach’s mask, which constantly morphs in the movie/comic books, is a lemon drizzle cake with butter icing. The bottom tier, the Doomsday clock, is shown here close to the final minute…of catastrophic destruction, is Belgian chocolate. What an interesting way to portray your true feelings about getting married! Just think about it…constant morphing (life itself), catastrophic destruction (marriage itself), and then the creepy smiley face with blood on it…is there a murder being plotted? I don’t know…but the symbolism behind the cake probably means that the marriage is not destined to last. Just my opinion. Check out some more pics of the seperate tiers after the jump.