Today, after months of rumours, DC comics officially announced that they will be publishing a series of Watchmen prequel comics. The project will be written and drawn by some of the industries top stars, including Brian Azzarello, Darwyn Cooke, J. Michael Straczynski and original Watchmen series editor Len Wein with art from Cooke, Lee Bermejo, Amanda Conner, Adam Hughes, J.G. Jones, Andy and Joe Kubert, Jae Lee and original Watchmen series colorist John Higgins.
Whilst co-creator and original artist of Watchmen, Dave Gibbons, has given the series his blessing, saying; “The original series of WATCHMEN is the complete story that Alan Moore and I wanted to tell. However, I appreciate DC’s reasons for this initiative and the wish of the artists and writers involved to pay tribute to our work. May these new additions have the success they desire,” Alan Moore, the scribe behind the original series, has publicly condemned it by issuing the following statement: ”I tend to take this latest development as a kind of eager confirmation that they are still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago” and added that the series is a reminder of “draconian contracts”.
However let us not forget that while it was a great story not all of the ideas present (such as the outlawing of superheroes and vigilantes) were as revolutionary as we are led to believe, and let us not forget that the story was originally envisioned with Charlton Comics characters in mind, it was only after DC decided against such a drastic change of the characters that they were re-envisioned as their now legendary counterparts. By the same logic Moore uses when saying “DC are dependant on ideas that I had 25 years ago” is he being hypocritical himself by being dependant on characters created almost 25 years before he decided to re-brand them? And come to think of it I don’t remember reading about Alan Moore getting Robert Louis Stevenson’s approval to do the continuing adventures of Mr. Hyde in The league of Gentlemen (or any other previously created characters that he used for that matter).
Here are the original characters The Watchmen were based on (images courtesy of MTV):
Hmmmmmmn all sounds pretty familiar right!!!
BEFORE WATCHMEN 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
Each week, a new issue will be released, and will feature a two-page back-up story called CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR, written by original series editor Len Wein and with art by original series colorist John Higgins. There will also be a single issue, BEFORE WATCHMEN: EPILOGUE, featuring the work of various writers and artists, and a CRIMSON CORSAIR story by Wein and Higgins. Check out the covers revealed so far below:
Thanks to CBR for the images.
So what say you? Will you be checking this out? Is Alan Moore an overprotective hypocrite?
Was the Watchmen film any good (wait what has that got to do with anything?)