Rumors Abound That DC Is Considering 'Watchmen' Prequel Comics
The rumor mill is reporting that DC Comics is considering a revival of the Watchmen franchise, bringing back some of the characters for prequel comics.
Comic book fans, I'm going to give you a second to let that soak in.
Non-comic book fans, a little background: Watchmen was a 12-issue mini-series, first published in September 1986, that told the story of realistic superheroes on an alternate history Earth that's edging toward nuclear war. I think I can say, without dispute, that it's one of the greatest comic books ever published. In 2005 it appeared on Time's "All-TIME 100 Greatest Novels" list. It was the only graphic novel to make the cut.
Alan Moore, the series' writer, feels a great deal of animosity toward DC Comics (and the comic industry as a whole), mostly related to creator's rights and merchandising. There is zero chance of him returning.
Apparently the idea is that four characters from Watchmen will be spun off into their own prequel miniseries. Andy Kubert will draw one, and Dave Gibbons, the artist behind the original series, is reportedly involved. Some other names that have been dropped: J. Michael Straczynski, John Higgins, J.G. Jones, and Darwyn Cooke
While rumors about bringing back the Watchmen pop up every now and again, it seems as though this particular instance made the rounds back in October.
So, there's that.
I'm split on this. In one sense, I don't think a bunch of other comics are going to tarnish the original. Raiders of the Lost Ark is still one of the greatest movies of all times, and hasn't been diminished by the existence The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which was a bad, terrible, horrible movie.
At the same time, sometimes it's better to leave well enough alone. And Watchmen is much better than 'well enough.'
What do you think about all this?
P.S. Yes, Watchmen was also a film released in 2009. I still haven't reconciled how I feel about it, even after watching the 87-hour special edition cut.
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