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    DC Announces 'Before Watchmen'

    From the DC press release here:

    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.”
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    There's some good people attached to this project and I can completely understand why DC would want to keep this alive in this way, but man I really hope they don't fuck this up. I'm sure somewhere Alan Moore is casting an evil spell on Jim Lee over this.
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    Just be glad Jim Lee's not going to be drawing any of these.

    Alan Moore says:

    “I tend to take this latest development as a kind of eager confirmation that (DC is) still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago.”

    I'm not the first person to point this out but Alan Moore's career has been built on tweaking other creators' works starting with MARVELMAN (which was already based on Fawcett/DC's Captain Marvel), CAPTAIN BRITAIN, and SWAMP THING - even WATCHMEN is based on Charlton characters. His last major books have each used concepts and characters taken from various sources; LOST GIRLS, NEONOMICON, and the ongoing LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN series are each "dependent on ideas" from other authors dating back to the 19th century.

    So, yeah...anyway, I'll wait and get these from the library in a few years after all the hub bub has died down.

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    Ha, that's a pretty valid arguement to put Moore in his place. I guess the clincher though is that Moore does what he does very well - a lot of other people do not. If you're good at what you do then you can get away with more. Or Moore. ha!

    I still like the idea of him casting an evil spell on Jim Lee.

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    Alan Moore responds to some of those criticisms here!

    Sadly, he does not cast magical spells.
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    I picked up the first issue of Minutemen this week. I adore Darwyn Cooke's art so I had to give this a shot even though I am pretty skeptical about this whole concept. I thought his story was pretty good for a sort of introductory issue, but I have no idea where this is going.The art is Cooke's typical rad retro look.

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    Baby Watchmen r cute.

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    Comedian is the first one of these that has me looking forward to the next issue. Brian Azzarello is writing it, so that shouldn't be a big surprise. The first issue was very good, takes place just before JFK's assassination and The Comedian is heavily involved with the Kennedys, to say anymore would spoil it but it's pretty ballsy. This is the first of the three number ones I've read that seems to have captured some of the elements of the original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Monroe View Post
    I picked up the first issue of Minutemen this week. I adore Darwyn Cooke's art so I had to give this a shot even though I am pretty skeptical about this whole concept. I thought his story was pretty good for a sort of introductory issue, but I have no idea where this is going.The art is Cooke's typical rad retro look.
    Cooke's name is the most exciting for me connected to this, I'll check some of them out.

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