The rumblings have turned out to be true – DC Comics is set to launch seven new interlocking miniseries prequels based on Alan Moore’s Watchmen series. If you listen closely you can hear comic geeks locked in mortal combat over whether this is the greatest or worst news ever.
Talk of expanding the Watchmen universe has been going on since before the landmark graphic novel was even published, but nothing had ever come of them. At least part of this was because writer Alan Moore continually refused to write more stories. Even when offered a return of the rights to his creations in 2010 in exchange for more stories, the cantankerous author refused. DC’s response? Farm out the projects to other scribes.
DC acknowledges that this move is sure to cause controversy in their announcement.
“As highly anticipated as they are controversial, the seven inter-connected prequel mini-series will build on the foundation of the original Watchmen, the bestselling graphic novel of all time. Before Watchmen will be the collective banner for all seven titles, from DC Comics.”
Look: Images from All of the 'Before Watchmen' Prequel Comics
The comics giant also unveiled the official titles and who will be working on them. Check out that list below:
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 issue will also feature a back story entitled The Curse of the Crimson Corsair, which will be written by Watchmen editor Len Wein. John Higgins explains the goal of the Crimson Corsair material is “to create a graphic ‘buffer’ and to use the darkness of the Crimson Corsair stories as a literary counterpoint to the regular book…”
Alan Moore, obviously, is not pleased by the news – telling the New York Times that it’s “completely shameless” and adds “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.” Moore closes by saying that he doesn’t want money – he wants for this entire project not to happen.
Meanwhile, Dave Gibbons, his collaborator on the original graphic novel, seems more at ease with the 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.”
The real question here is will we get movies based on these properties? It’s too soon to say, but we suspect DC is certainly considering turning these titles into feature films if they catch on with readers.
[via Bleeding Cool]