19 awesome new images from DC's controversial Watchmen prequels

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

With less than two months to go until the first issues of Before Watchmen hit comics stores (whether you like it or not), DC Comics is pulling back the curtain even further on its controversial prequel books. More than a dozen new images hit the net over the weekend, including character designs and full pages of art from the DC offices.

The gallery features images from nearly all of the six new Before Watchmen titles (with the exception of Brian Azzarello and J.G. Jones' Comedian miniseries), and includes both black-and-white comics pages and full-color character design sheets. Most prominent among these images are Darwyn Cooke's character designs for the Minutemen miniseries, which will chronicle the exploits of the superhero team that predates the Watchmen characters.

The entire Before Watchmen run includes:

RORSCHACH (4 issues) - Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo

MINUTEMEN (6 issues) - Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke

COMEDIAN (6 issues) - Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones

DR. MANHATTAN (4 issues) - Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes

NITE OWL (4 issues) - Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert

OZYMANDIAS (6 issues) - Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee

SILK SPECTRE (4 issues) - Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner

CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR (backup story) - Writer: Len Wein. Artist: John Higgins

Check out the images below.

(via BuzzFeed)