There’s no escaping what the big Summer (stateside of course) event for DC is  Watchmen.  Or more correctly, Before Watchmen, which all kicks off in June with the first four titles.  There are two very large camps. Those who think they should never have revisited the original work, it’s done, it’s dusted, no more needs be told.  And then there are those who look forward to more story with these characters.  There is, I also suspect, a fairly large gropu with a foot in each camp, ready to fully leap in to either to berate or celebrate the work when it can finally be judged upon its release.  There are a couple of other interesting pieces in the mix too beside the Summer event so let’s get down to it and see what’s happening after which you can go see the full released schedule and detail over here at CBR.

BEYOND WATCHMEN: All written by heavy hitters, these are a big four to launch this ambitious series.  Darwyn Cooke writes and draws Minutemen which will be a six parter and I suspect one of the key titles in the event.   Cooke  also writes with Amanda Conner on Silk Spectre.  Brian Azzarello handles the Comedian and J. Michael Straczynski will have a hoot with Nite Owl.  These last three titles are all four issue mini-series.

DIAL H #2 – I neglected to highlight this title last round (but there is still time to order issue #1!) as I didn’t notice who the writer is.  Having their first hit out as far as I’m aware in the comic industry (certainly the mainstream) is China Mieville a very acclaimed author and winner of numerous awards including the Hugo given out in the science-fiction field.  I’ve not read Dial H in the past but I tend to think of it as a title that may appeal to those who enjoyed The Invisibles or Doom Patrol.  Regardless, with Mieville on board, this should be a damn fine read.


THE INVISIBLES OMINIBUS (HARDCOVER) – Speaking of The Invisibles, DC are collecting in this hefty hardcover release, all three volumes as well as a couple of stories from two specials.  The price is also hefty at US$150 but this is a great way to get one of Grant Morrison’s more bizare but brilliant works in one attractive tomb.  Should look striking on the book shelf and be enjoyable to read through over a number of evenings/week-ends.