Before Watchmen Begins Tomorrow OR Five Comics To Try Instead

It’s dumb to make a big deal about something you’re not buying, but seeing as Before Watchmen starts tomorrow I got to wondering what else is coming out that people could get instead?  And if not instead, than in addition to… it’s always good to be inclusive, even when those you’re including are clearly evil fiends who hate creator’s rights.  I jest, of course.  I don’t care if you buy Before Watchmen or not, but seeing as it’s going to get folks in the shops tomorrow, in outrage or excitement, here are some other books that might be worth checking out:

Fairest #4 by Bill Willingham and Phil Jimenez

There are a few DC books worth picking up tomorrow (Dial H #2 and Earth 2 #2 especially), but recommending DC books seems a little contrary to my theme here.  However, Vertigo isn’t so bad.  Here’s the solicit:

What is it with the Snow Queen and her love of/addiction to stories? And how does that little blue bottle imp plan to take advantage of her weakness? Can he really spin a tale so compelling that the evil queen of ice and sorrow will willingly let them all go in peace? Let’s find out as we hear the rest of Sleeping Beauty’s tale, and learn how Ali Baba ended up stranded in this bleak and snowy world.

It’s a super good book, and so very pretty with the Jimenez art.  Plus it ties into Fables, and EVERYBODY loves Fables.  So give it a look, and pick up the first three if you haven’t yet.  You’ve been missing out.

Secret #2 by Jonathan Hickman and Ryan Bodenheim

You can never go wrong with a Hickman Image book.  His Marvel stuff is weird and cool, but he definitely kicks it up a notch on the crazy scale when left to his own devices.  Check out the solicit:

We learn the secret past of the Steadfast Security’s chief operator as clues begin to appear regarding the mysterious KODIAC protocols. Someone gets out of jail, someone gets divorced, someone comes home dead. Check out the next chapter of the most thrilling new series of the year, SECRET #2: NEVER GET CAUGHT!

Plus it’s only the second issue, so you can grab the first one too and get caught up!!  It’s worth a read… this Hickman kid is going places.

Creator-Owned Heroes #1 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Steve Niles, Phil Noto, and Kevin Mellon

What’s more hilarious than buying a book called Creator-Owned Heroes the day Before Watchmen starts?  You can laugh at the irony of that all day.  Plus it features a bunch of fantastic creators, and you get TWO stories in one book.  Some info for you:

The world ended a long time ago. How it happened exactly and what exists in the wasteland have always been a mystery. Now Chloe, Gil and a gang of rebels have escaped the last human stronghold and are blazing across Post-Apocalypse America in search of paradise.

And it’s a first issue, so there’s no catching up needed.  Who doesn’t love a post-apocalyptic story?

Extermination #1 by Simon Spurrier and Jeffrey Edwards

The post-apocalypic theme continues with this new first issue from Boom!, on sale tomorrow for only a dollar!!  That’s a sweet deal.  The solicit:

We Lost. They Won. In the wake of an apocalyptic alien invasion, the world’s greatest super-heroes and deadliest super-villains must form an alliance to prevent their own extermination. Two arch-enemies, Nox, a driven hero, and Red Reaper, a ruthless villain, form a volatile partnership for the greater good. The enemy of your enemy is your friend – but will they be able to ultimately put aside their bitter past to prevent global genocide? What happens when all the battle lines are redrawn and foes become unlikely allies in a desperate war for the fate of the very planet – and the outcome of a species? Written by Simon Spurrier (X-Club, Fear Itself: The Home Front, Wolverine: Dangerous Games), Extermination is a superhero survival story by an author that boldly explores the dark crevices of an entire genre.

Enemies becoming friends!!  Alien invasion!!  Dark crevices!!  That’s got to be worth a buck. 

Higher Earth #1 by Sam Humphries and Francesco Biagini

This is a reprint of the sold out first issue that premiered a month ago, written by the man poised to be Marvel’s newest superstar, Sam Humphries.  And it sounds COOL:

You Are Illegal On This Earth. Space is dead. Why conquer other planets when there’s a perfectly good Earth in the universe next door? Heidi, a girl born in garbage. Rex, a soldier gone rogue. The only thing between them and their destiny is an empire of a hundred different Earths, across a hundred alternate timelines. One majestic planet dominates them all: Higher Earth. Created and written by Sam Humphries (Fanboys Vs. Zombies) Higher Earth is his sci-fi follow up to last year’s indie hit Our Love Is Real, a fast-paced epic of infinite possibilities.

If you think a post-apocalyptic earth is fun, wait’ll you read some stories about the multiverse.  And again, it’s sweet irony getting a book about multiple Earths when Before Watchmen literally takes place on another Earth within the DC universe.  Plus it’s only a dollar too!!  How can you pass up these bargains?

So if you’re at the shop tomorrow, shamefully buying Before Watchmen: Minutmen #1 (again, I jest) or protesting it’s existence and annoying the staff, take a look around and check out these books.  And all of the other ones too.  There are a lot of great creators out there telling cool stories and building their own worlds, so track some down and try a few!!


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