"Call me Ishmael."
- Alan Moore
"I think the gut reaction is going to be, 'Why?' " Mr. Azzarello said in a telephone interview. "But then when the actual books come out, the answer will be, 'Oh, that's why.'"
- Brian Azzarello
|BEGINS THIS WEEK|
|4 OVER-SIZED HARDCOVERS|
BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN/SILK SPECTRE
RELEASED THIS WEDNESDAY
BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS/CRIMSON CORSAIR
RELEASED THIS WEDNESDAY
BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL/DR. MANHATTAN
BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN/RORSCHACH.
BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN/SILK SPECTRE collects BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #1-6 written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke and BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #1-4 written by Cooke and Amanda Conner with eye popping art by Amanda Conner. MINUTEMEN explores the formation of the team and the fictional tell all book “Under the Hood“, while SILK SPECTRE is a coming of age story that explores Laurie’s complicated relationship with her mother.
BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS/CRIMSON CORSAIR collects BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS #1-6 written by Len Wein with incredible art by Jae Lee, which follows Adrian Veidt’s journey to wealth, power and becoming the smartest man on earth as Ozymandias and BEFORE WATCHMEN: DOLLAR BILL #1 written by Wein with art by Kirby and Eisner Award-winning artist Steve Rude, which sees washed up college athlete Bill Brady’s rise to real life crime-fighter and member of the Minutemen. This book also collects every issue of the 2-page back-up story TALES OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR written by Wein and original series colorist John Higgins and illustrated by Higgins.
DESIGNED BY CHIP KIDD
“The big selling point is that this material is true to the source material, but it gets the chance to examine all the aspects of Watchmen that made it great. We’re seeing the characters in a different light, but also a light that is reflective of the original material. And we found ways to really push the stories in new directions but be true to the original concepts and conceits.
We’re bringing on some of the greatest writers in comics today, as well as the greatest artists, and together they’re creating a package that we feel could stand side by side with the original material.”
– DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, discussing the draw of Before Watchmen
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel by Herman Melville, first published in 1851. It is considered to be one of the Great American Novels and a treasure of world literature. The story tells the adventures of wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab has one purpose on this voyage: to seek out Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg, which now drives Ahab to take revenge.
In Moby-Dick, Melville employs stylized language, symbolism, and the metaphor to explore numerous complex themes. Through the journey of the main characters, the concepts of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of God are all examined, as the main characters speculate upon their personal beliefs and their places in the universe.