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Old 02-01-2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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Default DC Comics announces WATCHMEN prequel comics to be released summer 2012

From the DC Comics website (http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2012/02...en%E2%80%9D/):

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This summer, DC Entertainment will publish all-new stories expanding on the acclaimed WATCHMEN universe. 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.

“It’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee. “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.”

Stepping up to the challenge is a group of the comic book industry’s most iconoclastic writers and artists – including Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS), Lee Bermejo (JOKER), Amanda Conner (POWER GIRL), Darwyn Cooke (JUSTICE LEAGUE: NEW FRONTIER), John Higgins (WATCHMEN), Adam Hughes (CATWOMAN), J.G. Jones (FINAL CRISIS), Andy Kubert (FLASHPOINT), Joe Kubert (SGT. ROCK), Jae Lee (BATMAN: JEKYLL AND HYDE), J. Michael Straczynski (SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE) and Len Wein (SWAMP THING).

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
Each week, a new issue will be released, and will feature a two-page back-up story called CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR, written by original series editor Len Wein and with art by original series colorist John Higgins. There will also be a single issue, BEFORE WATCHMEN: EPILOGUE, featuring the work of various writers and artists, and a CRIMSON CORSAIR story by Wein and Higgins.

“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,” said Dave Gibbons, WATCHMEN co-creator and original series artist

“Comic books are perhaps the largest and longest running form of collaborative fiction,” said DiDio and Lee. “Collaborative storytelling is what keeps these fictional universes current and relevant.”
Alan Moore's thoughts:

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"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."
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"As far as I know [...] there weren't that many prequels or sequels to Moby-Dick."

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Old 02-01-2012, 10:40 PM   #2
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I love Moore's responses.

I wish they would leave Watchmen alone. I understand this is the nature of comics but I've lost some respect for those involved with this.
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:00 AM   #3
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No doubt the man is brilliant and did some of his best work in the comic medium, but I honestly wish he'd shut the **** up. Everytime he makes a statement he just sounds like a bitter old hack
Do you really have something to say or are you just in love with the sound of your keyboard?
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:29 PM   #4
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I will have to read these but I am sceptical...
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:17 PM   #5
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I actually liked Minute Men 1.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:44 AM   #6
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Lol, Moore's such an ass. "They're still dependent on work I did 25 years ago," jeeze. Get over yourself, man.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:43 PM   #7
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Lol, Moore's such an ass. "They're still dependent on work I did 25 years ago," jeeze. Get over yourself, man.
Exactly ... isn't the entire comic book industry dependent on others work done like 50+ years ago.
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:18 PM   #8
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I mean. The mainstays of comics have been around for like 80 years now. Miller's Watchmen was an exceptional work. It was fantastic and he dserves all kinds of credit for it...but I hardly think DC would go bankrupt if they didn't make these prequel comics, which let's face it, are just fanservice. I love Miller's work, but he's such an ego-maniac.
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