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.
Legendary writer Len Wein (SWAMP THING) with celebrated artists Jae Lee (STEPHEN KING’S DARK TOWER), John Higgins (HELLBLAZER) and Steve Rude (NEXUS) reveal the never-before-seen histories of the world BEFORE WATCHMEN!
This volume features OZYMANDIAS, with art by Jae Lee and DOLLAR BILL, illustrated by Steve Rude, both written by original WATCHMEN editor and legendary scribe Len Wein. Also featured in its entirety is the BEFORE WATCHMEN backup story THE CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR, co-written by Wein and artist John Higgins.
Writer Len Wein and artist Jae Lee delve into the mind of the smartest man in the world: Ozymandias. How does one grow up to become the world’s smartest man? Adrian Veidt begins his journey, both spiritual and physical, that will one day make him one of the most pivotal players in the world changing events of WATCHMEN.
To what lengths won’t Adrian Veidt go to become the world’s smartest man? What sacrifices won’t he make? Who won’t he push out of his way? BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS paints an uncompromising portrait of a man whose altruistic desire to right a corrupt planet might come at the cost of his humanity.
Collected in its entirety for the first time is THE CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR, a harrowing tale of on accursed pirate with eerie similarities to its darkly memorable WATCHMEN counterpart, “Tales of the Black Freighter.”
DOLLAR BILL began as a concept, a film mascot for a popular financial institution. But after a publicity stunt goes further than he can imagine, this actor may be more of a hero than he ever bargained for.