Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

If you have been enjoying the BEFORE WATCHMEN titles from DC Comics, or you have been waiting to get them collected in trade format, then you'll be happy to hear that you'll be able to buy the collected editions come next June, 2013 (if you are so inclined). According to a source, the titles will be collected in four volumes, each volume collecting two of the eight series released by DC Comics based on the classic characters created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

The first of these four volumes will collect BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN and BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE and will be available for purchase in hardcover on July 23rd for less than $30.00 on Amazon. Volume two will collect BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN and BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH and will be available July, 16th 2013, volume three will collect BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL and BEFORE WATCHMEN: DR. MANHATTAN for a July 23rd release, and finally volume four will collect BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS and CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR and is set for release on July 30th, 2013.

== TEASER ==

To accompany the hardcover releases of their BEFORE WATCHMEN books, DC also plans to unveil their 'Deluxe edition' of the original WATCHMEN series by Alan Moore. The WATCHMEN: DELUXE EDITION will be released on June 4th, 2013 and will feature a brand new WATCHMEN cover featuring each one of the Watchmen characters as well as sketches of the characters and interior pages of the comic, extra bonus material and a brand-new introduction by WATCHMEN artist Dave Gibbons. The collected edition will be made available for those interested also for less than $30.00.

The question remains whether the publisher has plans to collect BEFORE WATCHMEN: MOLOCH, a two issue series as well as BEFORE WATCHMEN: DOLLAR BILL, which has yet to see a release. It is interesting that DC has decided to separate the collection and release them in pairs rather than into their own, individual books. What do you think of the news? Is this a series you would like to add to your personal collection? Which of these collected prequels are you most looking forward to?

Source: Superherohypeand Amazon

#1 Posted by NewKid (407 posts) - - Show Bio

hopefully they'll put the moloch and dollar bill issues in the ozymadias book. if they do then i will def be picking up all 4 :D

been waiting for the trade on these...

#2 Posted by broo1232 (1664 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll get the Silk Spectre and Minutemen one since they sound like the best ones I would get the Rorschach one but with it tied to Comedian I'm a bit thrown off.

#3 Posted by Maverike (40 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm lucky that the two series I'm interested in collecting, Minutemen and Silk Spectre, are collected together. I wouldn't be interested in buying a Silk Spectre book if it was paired with any other series.

#4 Posted by Kal'smahboi (3832 posts) - - Show Bio

Planning on getting Minutemen. Might borrow the others, if I get a chance.

#5 Posted by EdwardWindsor (14517 posts) - - Show Bio

Dam i was hoping night owl and rorshach would be paired together, they where partners after all.

#6 Posted by BurningBlaze (28 posts) - - Show Bio

I really wanted Silk-Spectre, but I've already bought the single issues of Minute-Men...

#7 Posted by DDangelico (234 posts) - - Show Bio

Hmm. I was planning on only getting Silk-Spectre and Minutemen in Hardcover form. Would've preferred each to have their own book--but I guess this saves me money. Cool deal!

#8 Posted by JoseDRiveraTCR7 (1020 posts) - - Show Bio

July 23? Really? Sigh. I'm glad they're pairing up Minutemen and Silk Spectre because those are really the only two I want to buy. Maybe I'll get Volume 3 for Dr. Manhattan just because I love the character.

#9 Posted by DrellAssassin (770 posts) - - Show Bio

I highly recommend for those who haven't read them to pick up the Minutemen and Silk Spectre hardcover, as those are easily the best of the series and are very good. Rorschach might get up there too, but it only has 2 issues so far.

#10 Posted by cacarl (140 posts) - - Show Bio

I think this is really smart. Good move, DC Comics. I may get volume 1.

#11 Posted by bob808 (6843 posts) - - Show Bio

I want to get the whole set.

#12 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (10599 posts) - - Show Bio

very nice.

#13 Posted by fables87 (1401 posts) - - Show Bio

@broo1232 said:

I'll get the Silk Spectre and Minutemen one since they sound like the best ones I would get the Rorschach one but with it tied to Comedian I'm a bit thrown off.

The Silk Spectre and Minutemen are the only two I really want also. It depends on the coast if I'll get the rest.

#14 Posted by microwave25 (155 posts) - - Show Bio

The Darwyn Cooke books are the only ones you'll need. Honestly the rest were a massive letdown.

#15 Posted by Video_Martian (5650 posts) - - Show Bio

I was planning to get the trades...

#16 Posted by kennybaese (1213 posts) - - Show Bio

@EdwardWindsor: I think they're grouped by writer. Azzarello did Rorschach and Comedian and JMS did Nite Owl and Manhattan, so it makes sense that way that they're grouped together.

I'm kind of interested in all of them, even the Deluxe Edition of Watchmen. I've got the Absolute Edition of Watchmen but it's kind of unwieldy to read, and my old paperback version disappeared Besides, it'll be rad to have them all matching on my shelf. The ones I'm the most iffy on are JMS's titles, but the artists on both are enough to make we want to pick up the books. I guess I'll have to start saving some pennies now to put aside for $150 in comic book purchases in June.

#17 Posted by EdwardWindsor (14517 posts) - - Show Bio

@kennyshat: ah that makes sense then , cheers for heads up.

#18 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6958 posts) - - Show Bio

They NEED to put the Dollar Bill and Moloch one-shots into them, because frankly I'm counting the months down to when I can get these! I'm so glad this information is now known because I vowed I'd get them all once they were out in trade. At the very least, I know I'll be getting the Dollar Bill one-shot come February next year in anticipation of a signing that Len Wein is holding at my LCS. Really glad you posted this, now I know when to look forward to the release of this event in trade :) Been anxious for some time to read!