DC Comics has announced that it will be releasing the best-selling Before Watchmen comic book series in four deluxe hardcover collected editions next July, with each volume containing two of the controversial Watchmen prequels. Here's the full details for each of the titles, which will retail at $29.99 apiece...
Before Watchmen: Volume 1 - Minutemen and Silk Spectre - released July 9th, 2013:
The critically acclaimed and Eisner Award-winning creator of DC: THE NEW
FRONTIER Darwyn Cooke lends his talents MINUTEMEN. As the predecessor
to the Watchmen, the Minutemen were assembled to fight against a world
that have more and more rapidly begun to spin 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?
SILK SPECTRE takes an introspective look at
the WATCHMEN feature player's struggles with her overbearing superhero
mother and her scattered path toward taking the mantle of the Silk
Spectre. With gorgeous art by co-writer and illustrator Amanda Conner
(POWER GIRL), SILK SPECTRE takes a very different perspective
at the world of BEFORE WATCHMEN.
Collects BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN 1-6 and BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE 1-4.
Before Watchmen: Volume 2 - Comedian and Rorschach - released July 16th, 2013:
Eisner Award-winning writer and creator of 100 BULLETS Brian Azzarello
brings his gritty, nuanced storytelling to these two recognizable
characters. In RORSCHACH, 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. COMEDIAN, featuring 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
Collects BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN 1-6 and BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH 1-4.
Before Watchmen: Volume 3 - Night Owl and Dr. Manhattan - released July 23rd, 2013:
Discover what happened before WATCHMEN as writer J. Michael Straczynski
is joined by Andy Kubert and the legendary Joe Kubert to take flight
with the gadget-savvy vigilante known as Nite Owl! And then in BEFORE
WATCHMEN: DR. MANHATTAN, JMS teams with fan-favorite artist Adam Hughes
on the all-powerful super-man 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? Or are they changed? The very fact
of his existence may have altered the nature of what will or will not
Collects BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL #1-4 and BEFORE WATCHMEN: DR. MANHATTAN #1-4.
Before Watchmen: Volume 4 - Ozymandias and Curse of the Crimson Corsair - released July 30th, 2013:
Discover what happened before WATCHMEN. The team of legendary writer Len
Wein and acclaimed artist Jae Lee--in his first DC Comics' work in
nearly a decade--delve into the mind of the smartest man in the world:
Ozymandias. How does one go from the son of immigrant parents to
becoming 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.
Collects BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS #1-6 and "CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR."