Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Before Watchmen

It's been churning through the rumor mill for the past couple years, but DC finally confirmed the launch of their new line of prequel books to Watchmen, perhaps the most praised and beloved comic of all time. I won't comment or speculate either way as to whether or not this is a good idea or if Watchmen needed any kind of prequel or sequel, but I will admit that the line up sounds pretty amazing. I'll certainly check out some of these books.

Check it out:

  • 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
Sounds like it's going to be some really good comic creators (hopefully) telling some really good stories about some really good characters. Anyway, I'm interested.

Read more here.


Justin Garrett Blum said...

I'd like to read these. Don't know if I ever will. I'm not sure I believe they'll be any good. I dunno...this is one of those properties where it just feels like I'd only ever want to see Alan Moore writing it.

Donald said...

Alan Moore is a brilliant writer, but he also seems like a bit of a douche. The original story for Watchmen was originally going to be about old Charlton Comics that had just been acquired by DC, but since he was going to kill some of them, DC said no and made him create new characters instead.

Then there's League of Extraordinary Genleman, where he took characters like Mr Hyde, The Invisible Man, and Captain Nemo and turned them into murders, rapist, and drug addicts.

Oh, and didn't he write some porno comic about a bunch of Disney female characters?

My point is that Alan Moore is a wonderful writer who has occasionally crafted brilliant stories that were based on (and even perverted) characters created by other writers, so when he complains about Hollywood or DC Comics pissing on his stories, well... it's hard to take him seriously.

But he is a wonderful writer, and so are the other people attached to these new prequels. I'll check them out.