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.