Watchmen is one of comic books’ seminal works. Alan Moore’s story is still constantly discussed today, decades after its release. For as long as comics are an art form Watchmen will be heralded as a turning point. That’s what makes today’s announce from DC so big an controversial.
Starting this summer, DC will release new stories set in the Watchmen universe. There will be seven prequel mini-series under the banner Before Watchmen. A single issue titled Before Watchmen: Epilogue will also be released. Here are the seven series and their creators.
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 contain a two page backup called CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR.
I’m not completely sure how I feel about this new project. One of the things I love about comic books is the collaborative story telling. Seeing the different directions writers take a series or how different artists portray iconic characters is great. Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, X-Men and more wouldn’t be as amazing or relevant as they are today without the many creators who have worked on them. DC has gotten some amazing talent to work on these books. I’m not sure I can pass up a Darwyn Cooke written, Amanda Conner drawn book.
I can also see why many will despise the very idea of these prequels. Watchmen was a self contained story. It had a beginning, middle, and end. It doesn’t feel like a story that needs to be expanded. These mini-series will not only have the burden of simply being good comics but they will also constantly be compared to Watchmen. That is a lot scrutiny for any comic book series to be under. DC has an uphill battle proving that these stories will make the Watchmen universe better.
Source: DC Universe The Source