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DC Entertainment Officially Announces “BEFORE WATCHMEN”

The Ronyn 02/01/2012 Reviews 4 Comments
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 ConnerEach 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.”Speculation abounds as to what these stories will entail. Message boards are sure to be overwhelmed with purists and lovers of Moore’s dynamic story. Many are surely calling this a money grab by DC as well, especially since this news comes on the heels of a huge reboot and re-branding. While all arguments are warranted, one thing is clear — this is a universe rich with story and character depth, and everyone will be interested to know what these upcoming stories has to offer.

For now, we will have to wait, and catch up by grabbing our WATCHMEN copies off of our TPB shelves. For more WATCHMEN news be sure to stay tuned, stay informed, and stay Comic Booked! 

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4 Comments

  1. Jordamus Prime 02/01/2012 at 10:25 am

    Wow. Just… wow. Can't believe they are actually going through with this.

  2. James Victor Von Hal 02/01/2012 at 10:56 am

    Hmm, I enjoyed Watchmen, but it's hard to be excited about a new series without the original creator being behind it.

    • Kyle Black 02/01/2012 at 11:17 am

      Dave Gibbons giving his "permission" for this is no different from J.J. Abrams grabbing Leonard Nimoy for his "Star Trek" reboot. Gibbons' artwork is just as important to Watchmen as Alan Moore's words. Everyone knew Alan Moore would pass on this, but now that Gibbons isn't really involved, I have no faith in this project whatsoever.

  3. Robb Orr 02/01/2012 at 5:35 pm

    The Rorschach title is tempting, but I think I have spent far too much time mocking this to flip-flop now.

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