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'Watchmen,' the 1986 graphic novel written by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, is not only a highly revered comic book series, but also one of the most acclaimed and ground-breaking works of fiction of the last several decades. In 2009, director Zack Snyder did what many had considered impossible for years by adapting the book to a film; drawing mixed reactions from fans. But now it seems we will be given the chance to return to the 'Watchmen' universe as DC has announced that it will be launching a 7-book prequel miniseries entitled 'Before Watchmen' starting this summer. The series will focus on the early days of several of the story's main characters: Rorschach, Nite Owl, Dr. Manhattan, The Comedian, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre, and the 1940s Minutemen team. The talent so far on board include Darwyn Cooke, J. Michael Straczynski, Brian Azzarello, Adam Hughes, Andy Kubert and Joe Kubert. The original comic book and its characters have largely avoided update and crossover with other DC properties due to fear of fan outcry and specific instructions from Alan Moore. However, DC does own the characters and they are moving forward with the prequel aided by a blessing from co-creator Dave Gibbons...
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
I won't say too much about this, because I know this will be a major discussion point and I'm far more interested in what our more knowledgeable Spillios have to say. I didn't read 'Watchmen' until I heard a movie was in the works so I was way late to the game, but it still absolutely floored me and sparked my re-interest in the comic book medium. Personally, I am intrigued by the idea of further stories about these characters, but not at the expense of character crossovers or other such gimmicks. Not that any of that has been mentioned as part of the plan, but it is a plot device that would create a great deal of ire from many fans, including myself. This series will also be interesting to keep an eye on in case, as one would presume, it will one day also be adapted for the screen. Ok, those are my two measly cents, now I want to hear from you.
How do you feel about the prospect of a 'Watchmen' prequel series?