'I Did It Thirty-Five Minutes Ago': Before Watchmen's Prequel ProblemEvan Narcisse6/12/12 3:00pmFiled to: watchmenBefore watchmenDc ComicsDarwyn CookeAmanda connerpanel discussionTopFbtweet1431EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Last week, Minutemen #1—the first of DC Comics' suite of Before Watchmen projects— came out. This week, Silk Spectre #1 hits the stands. There's been a metric ton of controversy surrounding DC's decision to make more comics set in the beloved fictional universe created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' landmark 1986 series. And, like I've said before, the mere existence of these books isn't the end of everything sacred. In fact, they're both good comics. Minutemen #1 evokes a darker view of Golden Age superheroics that expounds on Watchmen's central idea, an idea that asks "what if metahumans were as psychologically messy as the rest of us?" That means, in Minutemen #1, readers get the Comedian as a juvenile delinquent who runs wild behind a mask. That beat fits neatly in the established story of Watchmen. Likewise, the stage-mom pressure brought to bear by former superhero Sally Jupiter on her daughter Laurel in Silk Spectre #1 explores a generation gap Moore hinted at in Watchmen.