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?