‘Watchmen’ prequel: Exclusive preview of ‘Silk Spectre’ No. 1
The cover for "Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre" No. 1. (Amanda Conner / DC Comics)Link
Page 1 of "Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre" No. 1. (Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner / DC Comics)Link
Page 2 of "Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre" No. 1. (Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner / DC Comics)Link
Page 3 of "Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre" No. 1. (Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner / DC Comics)Link
Page 4 of "Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre" No. 1. (Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner / DC Comics)Link
Page 5 of "Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre" No. 1. (Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner / DC Comics)Link
Last week, the first issue of “Before Watchmen: Minutemen” was the shot heard ’round the world for comic book fans.
The 32-page book — featuring the writing and artwork of Darwyn Cooke — added, for the first time, a new chapter to “Watchmen,” the 1980s epic that still stands as the bestselling and most acclaimed graphic novel ever.
“Watchmen,” by the British tandem of writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, was first published in a 12-issue limited series that began in September 1986 and — with its scale, intricacy, literary aspiration, storytelling formats and sheer craft — would drag the entire medium up the pop-culture staircase of ambition. The mythology and rhythm of “Watchmen” was so singular that, as the years passed, it seemed entirely natural that it sit on a shelf by itself. Now that bookcase is going to get crowded.
“Before Watchmen” is the DC Comics initiative that add seven separate prequel story arcs to the Moore and Gibbons classic. No surprise, there’s a variety of reactions to the publishing venture — some fans are giddy, others are outraged, most are probably somewhere between skeptical and intrigued. The iconoclastic Moore has blasted DC for daring to expand on his opus while Gibbons is on board but only to the extent that he gave a quote for the DC press release announcing the project.
DC Comics executives haven’t minded the controversy – just the opposite, they’ve stirred the pot and have done so without apology or pretense. Why? Simple: Controversy is king when it comes to energizing a readership and DC leaders are well aware of the fact that a certain strata of fans will go out and buy “Before Watchmen” comics just so they can describe in depth and detail how much they hate it. The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s apathy – and there’s little apathy when it comes to “Before Watchmen,” and DC loves that.
The prequels will be published as four- or six-issue mini-series. The next release is this week’s “Silk Spectre” No. 1, which was written by Cooke and Amanda Conner and features Conner’s artwork. We’ve got an exclusive preview of it. You can see the opening pages in the gallery above and you’ll larger versions below. Later this week, we’ll have an interview with the “Silk Spectre” creative team. And, finally, here is the schedule for the first issue releases over the coming weeks:
June 20: “Comedian” No. 1, (written by Brian Azzarello with art by J.G. Jones)
June 27: “Nite Owl” No. 1 (written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Andy & Joe Kubert)
July 4: “Ozymandias” No. 1 (written by Len Wein, art by Jae Lee)
August 15: “Rorshach” No. 1 (written by Brian Azzarello, art by Lee Bermejo)
August 22: “Dr. Manhattan” No. 1 (written by J. Michael Straczynski, art by Adam Hughes)
– Geoff Boucher
– Geoff Boucher
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