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 THE COMEDIAN, with art by J.G. Jones (FINAL CRISIS) and RORSCHACH, illustrated by Lee Bermejo (JOKER) both written by Eisner Award-winner Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS).
Brian Azzarello’s gritty, nuanced storytelling featured with the art by J.G. Jones (FINAL CRISIS, Wanted), plants the famed war hero within the context of American history, as we find out how the Vietnam War and the Kennedy assassination revolve around him.
Edward Blake’s moral code, much like his sense of humor, is darkly ambiguous. Though he’s a man of dubious principles and ambition, there’s no doubt he’s the man for the job if it’s a dirty one. Dispatched by the shadow workers of the government in a time of international crisis, the COMEDIAN enters the theater of war to have the last laugh.
Brian Azzarello again teams with superstar artist Lee Bermejo (JOKER, LUTHOR, BATMAN/DEATHBLOW) to illustrate how one of most dangerous vigilantes the comic world has ever seen became even darker.
It was dear to Walter Kovacs from a young age that he had an innate sense of right and wrong, even if no one else did. Frustrated by the surrounding sin of the world and motivated by his unshakable morality, he became the vigilante known as RORSCHACH. As a masked hero, Walter is able to see the stark contrasts of good and evil in black and white and uphold justice as he sees fit.