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This Wednesday, those Watchmen prequels finally arrive

Illustration for article titled This Wednesday, those emWatchmen/em prequels finally arrive

What's in comic stores tomorrow? First off, the decidedly controversial Before Watchmen miniseries kick off with Darwyn Cooke's Minutemen, which highlights the crimefighters of the 1940s. You can check out our interview with Cooke about this series here.

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(Honestly, I'm put out nobody decided to sign off on either an After Watchmen comic — showcasing the further thrilling adventures of "The Squid" — or a Before Watchmen series about the Tijuana Bible printing house that distributed those bootleg Silk Spectre porno comics.)

Two other debuts this week include author Si Spurrier's Extermination ("In the wake of an apocalyptic alien invasion, the world's greatest super-heroes and deadliest super-villains must form an alliance to prevent their own extermination") and Valiant Entertainment's reboot of the psionic superhero Harbinger (preview here).

Other books on the stands include new issues of Action Comics, Fury MAX, Animal Man, Dial H, Sweet Tooth, The Boys, and Avengers Vs. X-Men. You can also check out previews of this week's issues of Swamp Thing, 30 Days of Night, and Earth 2here's our interview with series writer James Robinson about the Green Lantern coming out of the closet.

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Illustration for article titled This Wednesday, those emWatchmen/em prequels finally arrive

As far as bookshelf material goes, there's the Star Wars Omnibus: Droids and Ewoks for those of you looking for a Saturday morning fix.

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There's also the eleventh volume of The Boys, the sixteenth volume of The Walking Dead, and the final DMZ trade paperback.

And as usual, here's the list of everything being released to comic stores tomorrow, and you can find your nearest comic retailer here. Happy reading, gang!

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I am opposed to the Before Watchmen idea for any number of reasons, but Cooke's take on the mythos looks like it might be the only version that might actually be fun. I'm sure the rest will be a bad Moore imitation, full of portentous dialogue and obvious literary/pop cultural allusions.

I would totally buy a Before Watchmen title about the characters in the early '70s if it was written and drawn in the bombastic/histrionic style of late Silver/early Bronze Age comics. "Face FRONT, pilgrim! That'll TEACH you to TURN you back on the REDOUBTABLE RORSCHACH!"