Although we often try not to judge a book by its cover, when that cover is penciled and inked by artist Adam Hughes, it's hard not to. Back when the covers to the series were first released, BEFORE WATCHMEN: DR. MANHATTAN was immediately one that we were looking forward to. Aside from the fact that Dr. Manhattan is an integral part of the WATCHMEN series, the creative team on this series is also pretty impressive. With Hughes on pencils and inks, J. Michael Straczynski on the script and two gorgeous variant covers by artists Paul Pope and Jim Lee, it's hard to say no to a book like this.
If you're still not convinced whether you should pick up this book or not, perhaps the 8-page preview and two additional inked pages below will help you decide if it's a series you want to invest in. The story opens with a look back on Dr. Manhattan's childhood and adolescence. We see several scenes of him as a child in this issue, something we missed in the original WATCHMEN books. Hughes captures the essence of life in that era brilliantly, and he proves that he's not just good at drawing beautiful women -- he succeeds in setting a scene. After a 15 year hiatus from illustrating interiors, Adam Hughes is back, and it seems to have been well worth the wait.
The BEFORE WATCHMEN titles have been hitting store shelves gradually, and this week it's finally time to check out DR. MANHATTAN's series. Will you be picking it up? The series' first issue will be made available this Wednesday, August 22nd 2012.== TEASER ==