DC has decided to go ahead and publish a series of prequel comics to Alan Moore and David Gibbon’s groundbreaking and much beloved Watchmen. Each edition will be released under the banner Before Watchmen. DC Entertainment co-publishers Dan DiDio and … Continue reading

DC to Publish ‘Watchmen’ Prequel Without Alan Moore

DC has decided to go ahead and publish a series of prequel comics to Alan Moore and David Gibbon’s groundbreaking and much beloved Watchmen. Each edition will be released under the banner Before Watchmen.

DC Entertainment co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee had this to say about the prequels:

“It’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant. 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.”

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

The plan is to release a new issue every week this summer. Each issue will also contain a “back-up” story title The Crimson Corsair (scroll down for a glimpse of the cover) and there will be a single issue Before Watchmen: Epilogue.

That’s quite a talented group of writers and artists above. Its clear DC wanted people well known and respected by the fan community to work on this. Also, Notice Higgins and Wein in the list? They worked on the original Watchmen with Moore and David Gibbons.

Here’s Gibbons opinion of the prequel news:

“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.”

Moore, in classic fashion, was less diplomatic. He told The New York Times “this is completely shameless. As far as I know, there weren’t that many prequels or sequels to ‘Moby-Dick.’ ” It seems he is a tad perturbed.

What do you think of this?

SOURCES: The Source and The New York Times

 

  • Anonymous

    As someone said on another board:

    “As far as I know, there weren’t that many prequels or sequels to Moby-Dick” Moore [should have] gone on to say….

     “pay no attention to my work using such original characters as Allan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, Mina Harker and others, those source materials were nowhere as important as my work on Watchmen.” (Edit comment)

  • obijuanmartinez

    Trouble is…NONE OF YOU MUPPETS CAN WRITE LIKE ALAN MOORE!

  • Charles Jackson III

    Alan Moore’s uppity attitude caused cy that pointy stick he refuses to remove from his ass is laughable.  He criticized the V for Vendetta movie because it was to American (Bush critique that it was) even though it presents the essence of the comic exceptionally well.  They even had the balls to keep the lead in a mask the entire time.  Alan Moore is a total douche.

  • Anonymous

    I thought V for Vendetta was cool,it was anti-syystem and we need that mentality more than ever

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TVSGLOV3VFJKEVQL2HJ7NKLGCU Frankie

    It’s funny how most of the above comments are written by illiterate sluts.

  • obijuanmartinez

    The disparity in quality between the original graphic novel and the film is glaringly apparent – suggest you revisit both and re-evaluate your stance; they utterly buggered the end in the film version…

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm, I think I see a wee bit of projection coming off this one.

  • Anonymous

    Alan Moore knows both a bad idea and corporate decision making when he smells it.  I applaud his principles on the matter, Mr. Gibbon’s diplomacy in his reaction (especially considering that he’s not writing or drawing any of these books???)  and the high calibre of talent associated with the books.

  • Anonymous

    aw heck! more pirate crap?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=550540487 Cathal Looby

    Totally agree with you. After seeing WATCHMEN for the first time, I was kinda dissappointed. But that is one of those movies you need to see more than once to really give it a chance. After seeing the directors cut, I have grown to appreciate it a bit more. Sure, it is flawed, but I think its a better film than most people give it credit for. Snyder and co. did their best to stay as faithful as possible I reckon. Alan Moore really is a bit of an old weid fart in my opinion.