Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1


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Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1


  • Words: Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner
  • Art: Amanda Conner
  • Colors: Paul Mounts
  • Story Title: Mean Goodbye
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Jun 14, 2012

Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner dig into the Silk Spectre family.

Few writers could pen a worthy and interesting history for the Silk Spectre and her legacy, but Darwyn Cooke is certainly one of those writers.  Joined by co-plotter and respectful artist Amanda Conner, Silk Spectre #1 is a fairly fun, albeit cheesy, first step in understanding the roots of Laurie Juspeczyk and her mother’s strained relationship.

Watching the future Silk Spectre II navigate teen drama, boy crushes, and an overprotective mother is far from the excitement readers have come to know from her days as Dr. Manhattan’s love, but Laurie’s story works well enough to entertain.  Much of issue #1’s character interactions are grounded in Laurie’s day-to-day struggles that lay the seeds for the relationship readers are well versed in from Watchmen.  Laurie’s eventual rebellion is fairly predictable, but the forthcoming story that takes her from teen in the 1960s to 1980s hero will hopefully make the ride worth it. 

Amanda Conner’s art does more than a commendable job of introducing Laurie’s high school storyline.  Every scene looks quite unique, while small instances of panels that give readers a quick peek into the young heroine’s mind are beyond dynamic and colorful.  Focusing on more detailed instances, on the other hand, Conner channels the look of Malin Akerman (consciously or not) into Laurie’s appearance on several occasions, which creates an interesting and fun cohesive feeling between Alan Moore’s original work, Zack Snyder’s blockbuster movie, and DC’s new Before Watchmen titles.  Silk Spectre #1 is, without a doubt, a great looking book that matches tone and direction between art and story.

Overall, Silk Spectre #1 is a solid first glance at two generations of the Silk Spectre.  Laurie and her mother’s tense relationship is a great way to not only create a dramatic story to build on, but likewise gives root to the interactions to come later in Alan Moore’s Watchmen.  Though not the most exciting of first issues, Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner’s Silk Spectre #1 is certainly worth a glance.

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