WATCHMEN Prequel sparks debate

Earlier today DC announced that it will publish new stories to expand the WATCHMEN universe. It will be a seven-title series comic book which will all be inter-connected. The books will be based off the original WATCHMEN and will be titled BEFORE WATCHMEN. The original WATCHMEN graphic novel was released twenty five years ago and has been one of the most influential graphic novel in the industry.

Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, DC co-publishers, said this will be a new way to update the mythology.

“It’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee. “After twenty five years, the Watchmen are classic characters whose time has come for new stories to be told. We sought out the best writers and artists in the industry to build on the complex mythology of the original.”

This new series will be done with new writers and artists. The names on this list are writers and artists that are big players currently in the industry. With names like: Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS), Lee Bermejo (JOKER), Amanda Conner (POWER GIRL), Darwyn Cooke (JUSTICE LEAGUE: NEW FRONTIER), John Higgins (WATCHMEN), Adam Hughes (CATWOMAN), J.G. Jones (FINAL CRISIS), Andy Kubert (FLASHPOINT), Joe Kubert (SGT. ROCK), Jae Lee (BATMAN: JEKYLL AND HYDE), J. Michael Straczynski (SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE) and Len Wein (SWAMP THING).

I, for one, am skeptical about this. And from what I’ve been reading online I am not the only one. But like the movie, which I didn’t like, I will give this a chance and give it a go. There are some of my favorite writers and artists working on some of the titles. But with that said, even the man himself, Alan Moore, does not want this to happen.

As far as I know, there weren’t that many prequels or sequels to ‘Moby-Dick.’

-Alan Moore

Now that you heard from me and Mr. Moore. Tell us what you think about it.

Below is the breakdown of BEFORE WATCHMEN:

  • 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




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