I have to admit to going through a cycle of ambivalence to excitement and then uncertainty when it comes to the Before Watchmen books. On the one hand, Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons is an example of sequential art perfection that is unparalleled in mainstream comics – an achievement for which both creators have been treated unfairly by DC Comics. On the other hand, we are getting more material from the Watchmen world, and who couldn’t be excited by that? My greatest concern was that the Before Watchmen books would be simple hack derivatives of Watchmen, with no originality or personality of their own.

This week sees the launch of the first in a four-week cycle of releases (with more to follow through July and August) of the Before Watchmen books. Appropriately, Minutemen by Darwyn Cooke kicks off the line. More and spoilers after the jump.

Minutemen #1 was awesome.



Neonomicon – A twisted story I couldn’t read fast enough!

I definitely like the classic super hero stuff but I’m older now and I find that a lot of the super hero books just don’t draw me in the way they used to. I wish they did. Recapturing that feeling I had when I was 15 and sitting down to read X-Men or Warlord or many of the other titles of the day would be awesome. Being north of 40 my tastes have changed. These days I find I’m interested in some of the more adult stuff. Horror, action and of course the part that cuts across everything – a great story. My tastes aren’t the same as everyone’s – and that’s okay. Something clever or creepy – something that’s different – that’s what grabs me these days. Continue reading “Neonomicon – A twisted story I couldn’t read fast enough!”

Top 20 Graphic Novels Nov/Dec: The Master Returns!

How important is Alan Moore, still to this day, in modern comic books?  Well, powered by the release of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969 – the second graphic novella instalment of the Century trilogy – and the Cthulhu horror police procedural pastiche Neonomicon comics’ arch-formalist has powered to the top of our graphic novel charts managing to take the #1 and #3 positions in the process of knocking off perennial chart topper The Walking Dead.

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