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.
Discover what happened before WATCHMEN as the critically acclaimed Eisner Award-winning creator of DC: THE NEW FRONTIER Darwyn Cooke, lends his talents as writer/artist on BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN and co-writes BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE with co-writer and artist Amanda Conner (POWER GIRL).
Darwyn Cooke tells the tragic tale of the Minutemen, assembled to fight against evil in a world spinning out of control. Can these heroes from completely different backgrounds and with completely different attitudes on crime come together? Or will they fall apart before they begin?
As the predecessors to the Watchmen, the MINUTEMEN joined their abilities to fight injustice in on ever-changing world. They represented a new brand of crime-fighting super heroes with names like the Nite Owl, Silhouette, Silk Spectre, Hooded Justice, The Comedian, Dollar Bill, Mothman, and Captain Metropolis. But who among them will ultimately question where the line between hero and villain is drawn? Will their differences of opinion mean the difference between life and death?
Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner take an look at the Silk Spectre’s early years with her overbearing, Super Hero mother, chronicling her journey down the winding path toward becoming her own kind of hero.
As a straight-laced and studious teenager, Laurel Jane Jupiter has been in training since birth to toke up the mantle of the SILK SPECTRE from her mother. No longer able to endure Sally Jupiter’s restrictions, demands and curfews, Laurie runs off with her high school sweetheart, out to map her own path to heroism. Now out of the protective shadow of her mother, Laurie finds that blazing her own trail is more dangerous than she ever could have imagined.