DC announces ‘Watchmen’ prequelsWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In many industries there is a dividing line drawn by an event or a work that stands as a complete game-changer; in comics, that line is delineated as “Before ‘Watchmen’” and “After ‘Watchmen’.” DC Comics has never extended that work in any form — until now. Twenty-six years after its landmark publication, the company has announced seven “Watchmen” prequel miniseries, all bereft of the original work’s creator, Alan Moore.
Before they’ve even hit the shelves, these prequels have literally defined the word “controversial.” Commenting on the announcement to The New York Times, Moore, who’s waged a legal cold war with DC for years regarding the legendary series, called it “completely shameless” and “eager confirmation that they [DC] are still apparently dependent on ideas that [I] had 25 years ago.” He also noted that he has no intentions on taking the matter to court.
“From a retail standpoint, I guess I should be happy,” said Toledo comics vendor Jim Collins of JC’s Comic Stop. “But that’ll depend on how much support DC gives it when the actual comics ship. They can do all the press they want right now, but it’s all for naught if there’s nothing to remind those excited about it now, today. I’m expecting them to sell well, but not great. They have some top talent producing [the books] and it should be interesting to see if they can do Alan Moore justice. I think DC was pressed by Warner Bros. to create more ‘Watchmen’ comics for future movie ideas — best of luck to them.
“From a fan’s standpoint, I’m torn. On one hand, I’m thinking DC couldn’t be bigger whores by doing this, and on the other I am excited to see if they can bring anything to the table that’ll ‘improve’ upon Moore’s masterpiece — was there really any more that needed to be said? It’s like a train wreck; you can’t help but want to stop and check it out. I think ‘Watchmen’ was an awesome stand-alone series, but I don’t lie awake at night wishing I knew more about The Comedian or Rorschach. I guess we’ll see how this plays out in six months.”