‘Minutemen’: Darwyn Cooke goes past the darkness of ‘Watchmen’

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Geoff Boucher: 
After months of hot-button debate (and plenty of hot-air declarations),  the first installment of the six-issue “Minutemen” miniseries is now on sale. The issue, written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke, is the vanguard arrival of  DC’s “Before Watchmen” initiative, which widens the mythology of “Watchmen,” that 12-issue epic by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons that (in a collected single-book form) stands as the medium’s most acclaimed and influential graphic novel. (Moore is bitterly opposed to these new “Watchmen” efforts while Gibbons has accepted payment but kept himself at arm’s length.) Comics superstar Cooke, meanwhile, is never shy around controversy and we caught up with him to talk about camping out on sacred ground.