Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1

Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1

Event\Storyline: Before Watchmen Writer: Darwyn Cooke, Amanda Conner Artist: Amanda Conner Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 13, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 1
7.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Oh sweetie, youre too young to hate. Wait until youre older and the world gives you a good reason. Trust me, it wont let you down.

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 13, 2012

    Despite the title, this book isn't Watchmen. It'll never be. But as its own story, Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre is a heartfelt, gorgeous story that feels less like a cash-grab, and more like art for art's sake. As crazy as it sounds, maybe DC will have its cake and eat it, too " at the very least, Conner and Cooke have earned your attention. Read Full Review

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 29, 2012

    Outstanding prequel beginning. This is the type of book that you want to see continue the Watchmen mythology. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 15, 2012

    Once again, I'm still torn over whether or not it's proper for DC to bring these characters back under different creators - but there's no denying that this is an outstanding comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Jun 20, 2012

    With all this taken into consideration, I'm going to make a bold prediction that this will be the most liked of all the prequels. Considering this was a book I wasn't sure how excited I was for, I dearly enjoyed it. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - David Harper Jun 15, 2012

    I'm going to give it a 9.5, and say this is the clubhouse leader for best comic of the month so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jun 13, 2012

    I want to hate these books and be all indie-cred about it, but I can't when they're this compelling. These first two books have been really good stories on their own. As long as I keep up the mantra that this isn't a prequel, but an alternate universe where life didn't turn out quite so miserable, I can enjoy comics instead of knee-jerk hating them. With apologies to Mr. Moore, I'll just quote Abed Nadir from Community: "I guess I just like liking things." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 15, 2012

    For all my worries about the Before Watchmen project, we're two issues in with two decent reading experiences under our belts. The fact that both issues feature a measure of Darwyn Cooke probably has a lot to do with that, but this issue is a nice reading experience, if completely unlike Minutemen #1. From an art perspective, it's an amazing experience, and it's truly nice to see younger versions of Sally and Laurie that LOOK like younger versions of the characters as drawn by Dave Gibbons, and the story is personal and painful as high-school drama always is. Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1 does its main character justice, reads well, and looks gorgeous, earning 4.5 out of 5 stars overall. I don't know how long they can keep this kind of quality up, but I'm enjoying the ride while they do... Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Jun 18, 2012

    It's going to be a hard run for this series, considering the prestige the source material enjoys. However, it's also important to look at what this book has already accomplished and what it could be in future issues. The necessity of a prequel to Watchmen will surely be debated long after the initial print run. However, you can't argue with results " and Silk Spectre #1 gives fans of the original series hope for something amazing out of this run. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Addicts - Anubhav Dasgupta Jun 18, 2012

    All in all, a very good comic, one that DESERVES your attention. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 13, 2012

    Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner do a great job in capturing the youth and character of a young Laurie Jupiter. Conner's art is everything you'd expect and this could easily be a textless comic with the entire meaning coming across through the art. Unfortunately due to the nature of the story and the struggles Laurie faces at school and with her mom, the events feel a little clich and predictable at times. This wasn't necessarily one of the BEFORE WATCHMEN titles I was most looking forward to but it was having Cooke and Conner attached which made it a great deal. With this first stage in Laurie's life over, there is an interesting set up for what could happen in the next issue. It's an extremely fun issue and Conner's art is so incredibly descriptive. You'll find yourself looking over the pages again after reading just to take in Conner's art. This series is off to a good start. Let's hope the next issue really takes off and knocks us off our feet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Super Hero Hype - Spencer Perry Jun 13, 2012

    Though I won't spoil the ending for Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre for you, I will say that I have a fear that it will be a predictable series in the long run, but I do hope I'm wrong. I'm also afraid that even though next week's issue Before Watchmen: Comedian is written by Brian Azzarello that I've been spoiled by the goodness of Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner. The product so far doesn't rival Moore and Gibbons' original, but it's a very valuable companion piece and absolutely worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 16, 2012

    This series is off to a great start. I'm sure there could be some critics that might say that these characters are simply too different from how they appear in the original. However, it certainly works for Laurie because she still has some level of youthful optimism in this series and it appears we will watch how that gets washed away. This is one to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Joey Esposito Jun 13, 2012

    Silk Spectre #1 isn't the slam dunk that Minutemen was, but it's another visual accomplishment that has the seeds of a focused, character-centric story. Hopefully future issues will allow the series to blossom into something remarkable. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Galactica - Girish Kumar Jun 15, 2012

    The artwork in this comic was very good! The whole story was nicely written. It was a good follow up to The Minutemen #1 of last week. Amanda Conner's attention to detail, iscommendable. She has drawn even the objects in the fridge. She is truly talented! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Jun 13, 2012

    Another issue, another Crimson Corsairback up. The art does look good so far, although I haven't had a chance to read the two back ups back to back. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Garth the Geek Jun 15, 2012

    In short, great artwork is brought down by an average story, and while I WILL return to see what happens next, this decision is based solely on Amanda's involvement rather than any real interest in the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicville - Chris Blackwell Jun 13, 2012

    More of a teenage drama at the moment then a Watchmen epic series. I'm excited to see what develops between Laurie and her boyfriend, as we all know she was with DoctorManhattan during the Watchmen era. I have a feeling that an untimely demise of her boyfriend might just be what sets the Silk Spectre on the road to crime fighting. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Jul 26, 2012

    I have high hopes for the next issue, the ending was just as I assumed but none the less it did set up an arc. Now although this issue had some fun moments, they were overshadowed by poor dialogue choices and it is really the art that will bring me back. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Jun 24, 2012

    Overall Id say this is an average story with potential. The artwork is beautiful and worth the admission alone. If the author can improve the dialogue and stay away from the usual teenage angst type of story this could turn into a worth while series. Stay tuned. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    First Comics News - Mark Villamor Jun 28, 2012

    While the Minutemen issue was as close to a homerun as this idea could get, Silk Spectre falls flat. Darwyn Cooke doesn't get it totally right this time as the story seems like a generic CW One Tree Hill crap plotline. Hopefully it leads to something further down the series but it hasn't gotten off to a good start. Amanda Conner does draw the heck out of the book but there isn't enough substance to go with the style. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jun 15, 2012

    While Cooke and Conner try to capture some of Moore and Gibbons voice, they ultimately fail. It feels much like the Watchmen film: it is an aping rather than a tribute. Silk Spectre gets some of the motions down, but the content behind them feels off. Like the image the nom-de-crimefighting of the principal heroine evokes, Silk Spectre, and the Before Watchmen effort, is but a shade. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 14, 2012

    "Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre" #1 is the sort of comic that ultimately falls short because of the overall idea of the "Before Watchmen" project; if you don't give anything new to the reader, the project feels unnecessary. And unlike "Before Watchmen: Minutemen" #1, "Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre" #1 doesn't bring anything that interesting to the table that we haven't seen before. The art is excellent, but that's about all that one can recommend for the comic. If Conner had just drawn 23 pages of Silk Spectre pin-ups, I think I'd have been just as happy. Ultimately, "Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre" #1 is exactly what I'd suspected a lot of these comics would be; very pretty, but no real substance behind it. Read Full Review

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