Rorshach. The Comedian. Dr. Manhattan. Silk Spectre. Nite Owl. Ozymandias.
Who watches the Watchmen?
At this point, who doesn’t? It’s sold over a million copies and is the first thing people mention when talking comics–for-adults. It’s the only graphic novel to make Time’s 100 Best Novels list, one of Entertainment Weekly’s Top 50 novels of the past 25 years, and has made fans of everyone from film directors Zack Snyder and Darren Aronofsky to the writers on Lost.
Watchmen takes place in an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history: The US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the cold war is in full effect. It begins with a murder-mystery before unfolding into a planet-altering conspiracy: When a retired hero is killed, his former teammates must investigate. The conspiracy they uncover will entwine their secret traumas and twisted psychologies, ultimately asking where the fine line is drawn between heroes and villains?
Popularly cited as the point where comics came of age, Watchmen’s sophisticated take on superheroes has been universally acclaimed for its psychological depth and realism. It’s slowly and inevitably become it’s own franchise, spawning a movie, video game, and the Before Watchmen prequel comics.
BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN #5
“Well...things got out of hand.”
BEFORE WATCHMEN: DOLLAR BILL #1
“Are you kidding? I’m only an actor, not a real crimefighter.”
BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN #6
“...has been shot. Is that possible? Is that possible? It’s... is it possible, ladies and gentlemen? It is possible, he has...!”
BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN #2
"It’s something I’m good at. It’s war." Plus, a new CRIMSON CORSAIR backup feature from writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!
BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN #3
“I am a blood brother.” Plus: The latest chapter in the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup adventure from writer and artist JOHN HIGGINS!
BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN #1
“I’m a funny guy...”
Plus: Don’t miss the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup story by writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!
BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN #4
“All I could see was red. Then I saw the white and the blue. And the pinko.”
BEFORE WATCHMEN: DR. MANHATTAN #3
“I have named the disease. But what is the cure?”
Plus, writer/artist JOHN HIGGINS brings you the latest chapter in saga of the CRIMSON CORSAIR!