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Before Watchmen Comics Get Official Release Dates

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Comic book fans rejoice!  If you’re looking forward to Before Watchmen, at least now you know how long you have to wait.  Official release dates are out for the first few books.  It looks like the Minutemen book will be up first on Wednesday June 6, with a new #1 coming each week after.   Next in the line will be Silk Spectre, followed by the Comedian and then Nite Owl.  For full details check out the DC blog press release below:

On Wednesday, June 6, DC Comics will publish the first of the highly anticipated BEFORE WATCHMEN comic book prequels. BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN, written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke, will be the first issue released the first Wednesday in June, followed in subsequent weeks by BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE by Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner (June 13), BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN by Brian Azzarello and J.G. Jones (June 20), and BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL by J. Michael Straczynski, Andy Kubert and Joe Kubert (June 27). The first issue of BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH and BEFORE WATCHMEN: DR. MANHATTAN will be released later in the summer. All issues of the BEFORE WATCHMEN titles will be available same day digital and fans will have the option of buying a digital combo pack edition.

 

Every issue of BEFORE WATCHMEN will have a 1 in 25 variant cover drawn by a premier comic book artist: BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #1 by Michael Golden, BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #1 by Dave Johnson, BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN #1 by Eduardo Risso and BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL #1 by Kevin Nowlan.

 

Each of the BEFORE WATCHMEN first issues will feature a 1 in 200 variant cover by legendary artist and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee (JUSTICE LEAGUE).

 

The announcement that DC Comics will publish prequels to the bestselling graphic novel of all time has already generated international press coverage and widespread controversy, months in advance of the release of the first issue.
Before Watchmen Minutemen CoverBEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #1

Written by DARWYN COOKE

Backup story written by LEN WEIN

Art and cover by DARWYN COOKE

Backup story art by JOHN HIGGINS

1:25 Variant cover by MICHAEL GOLDEN

1:200 Variant cover by JIM LEE

On sale JUNE 6 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

“Little did we know that poor boy would lead to the end of us all.”

Plus: Don’t miss the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup story by writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

Silk Spectre Before WatchmenBEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #1

Written by DARWYN COOKE and AMANDA CONNER

Backup story written by LEN WEIN

Art and cover by AMANDA CONNER

Backup story art by JOHN HIGGINS

1:25 Variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON

1:200 Variant cover by JIM LEE

On sale JUNE 13 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 4, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

“Oh sweetie, you’re too young to hate. Wait until you’re older and the world gives you a good reason. Trust me, it won’t let you down.”

Plus: Don’t miss the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup story by writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

Before Watchmen ComedianBEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN #1

Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO

Backup story written by LEN WEIN

Art and cover by J.G. JONES

Backup story art by JOHN HIGGINS

1:25 Variant cover by EDUARDO RISSO

1:200 Variant cover by JIM LEE

On sale JUNE 20 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

“I’m a funny guy…”

Plus: Don’t miss the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup story by writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

Before Watchmen Nite OwlBEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL #1

Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

Backup story written by LEN WEIN

Art and cover by ANDY KUBERT and JOE KUBERT

Backup story art by JOHN HIGGINS

1:25 Variant cover by KEVIN NOWLAN

1:200 Variant cover by JIM LEE

On sale JUNE 27 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 4, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

“The hero known to the public only as Nite Owl announced his retirement today.”

Plus: Don’t miss the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup story by writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

The Minutemen Before Watchmen

The team book being first makes a good deal of sense to me.  There’s a lot of other fun stuff in here as well.  Variant covers, digital copies, and a slowly unfolding Crimson Corsair storyline could all really sweeten the deal.   We still have a long wait ahead of us though- plenty of time to revisit the original graphic novel and the movie adaptation!

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