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There’s been a lot, and I mean a lot, of buzz around the Before Watchmen comics. Some of it good, some of it inflamatory, but no matter your opinion on the Watchmen prequels, they’re here.

Releasing tomorrow is the first issue of Darwyn Cooke‘s Minutemen, an almost prequel-prequel as it explores the history of the Watchmen’s precursors. USA Today has kindly offered an exclusive five-page preview,

Not surprising, the artwork looks amazing! Did you expect any less from Cooke? His style is a perfect match to explore the history of the 40s era heroes. Also love the nice visual illusion to Dr. Manhattan.

Of all the Before Watchmen titles, this is the one I’m most excited for. Who doesn’t love retro heroes? And of all the Watchmen characters, the Minuteman make the most sense to get their own miniseries. USA Today also includes a short interview with Cooke which is a great read into how he approached Minutemen.

What did you think of the preview? Will you be picking up Minutemen, or any of the Before Watchmen titles?

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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.