The prequels to the best-selling graphic novel of all time are finally here: BEFORE WATCHMEN! For over twenty years, the backstories of the now-iconic characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ landmark graphic novel have been the subject of much debate and theorizing. Now, DC Comics has assembled the greatest creators in the industry to further paint the world of WATCHMEN.
This volume features NITE OWL, DR. MANHATTAN and MOLOCH, written by New York Times best-selling writer J. Michael Straczynski (SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE) and acclaimed artists Andy Kubert (FLASHPOINT, BATMAN & SON), Joe Kubert (SGT. ROCK, HAWKMAN), Adam Hughes (JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA), and Eduardo Risso (l00 BULLETS) reveal the never-before-seen world of BEFORE WATCHMEN!
Writer J. Michael Straczynski is joined by artist Andy Kubert in flight with the gadget-savvy hero known as Nite Owl, as Dan Dreiberg inherits the role from Hollis Mason…but can Dreiberg work with the vigilante called Rorschach?
Dan Drieberg’s hero was the NITE OWL-the ultimate defender of justice and a symbol of integrity. His desperation to escape a troubled home life leads him to the doorstep of his idol- Hollis Mason, the true identity of the man behind the mask. Impressing Mason with his techno·whiz abilities, Dan dons the mantle of Nite Owl. But has the world changed so much that the caped hero is now obsolete?
Then, J. Michael Straczynski teams with fan-favorite artist Adam Hughes for a tale of Dr. Manhattan. For Dr. Manhattan, past, present, and future are one and the same. But as he observes the events of his life, do they remain the same?
Jon Osterman is a meticulous and methodical man of science who, after a horrific accident brought on by his own experiment, is reconfigured into the atom-splitting DR. MANHATTAN. The former scientist glides in and out of the past, present and future. Free from the limitations of time and space, he watches over timelines of what has happened, what might have been and what may yet be. With powers that make him akin to a god, Dr. Manhattan wrestles with his tenuous grasp on his own humanity and his ability to change the world with the merest gesture.
Edgar Jacobi grows up an outcast — unloved and rejected. He channels his adolescent anguish into a career of conjuring tricks and cruel retribution, becoming the mysterious and mercurial MOLOCH the Mystic. But as this perennial foe of the Minutemen deceives and murders his path to power, he may find even darker forces at work.