DC Comics announces Watchmen prequel without Alan Moore

Dr. Manhattan

Imagine a Pulp Fiction prequel without Quentin Tarantino. Imagine an Inception prequel without Christopher Nolan. Imagine a Star Wars prequel without George Lucas.

Okay, that last one sounds pretty good. But Watchmen fans are fuming over the long-rumored prequel series that DC Comics announced today (before sunrise, as if they had committed a crime). Alan Moore, who wrote the 1986-'87 superhero classic, is not returning for the project, and allegedly wasn't invited to return. He mocked the new books thusly: "[DC executives] are still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago... As far as I know, there weren't that many prequels or sequels to Moby-Dick."

However, the dependent DC executives said, "It's our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters profitable relevant. After 25 years, the Watchmen are classic characters whose time has come for new stories to be told."

Rorschach, Nite Owl, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre, the Comedian, the Minutemen and Dr. Manhattan (pictured above, looking sad for a reason), last seen in a 2009 film adaptation, will each get a four- to six-issue miniseries. Original series editor Len Wein penned many of the new stories, so at least that's something. Because if Citizen Kane had had a prequel, Orson Welles' editor should've written it.

Commentarium (8 Comments)

Feb 01 12 - 10:16am

Dear DC,

Please go eat a bag of telepathic squid dicks.

Feb 01 12 - 12:27pm

When mankind unleashes the absolute entirety of it's potential, uniting together to forge ahead in science, art, spirituality, equality and compassion, it will be a wonderful day.

We will however not have managed to divine a measure of distance deep enough for DC comics to go and fuck themselves.

Feb 01 12 - 12:30pm

Seems to me the origin stories were pretty well laid out in the original. Can't see this going anywhere except the discount rack.

Feb 01 12 - 1:10pm

My thoughts exactly. What in the hell would a Watchmen prequel consist of? Maybe some stories with the Minutemen, but that certainly wouldn't have the draw of the more iconic characters.

Feb 01 12 - 1:42pm
Optimist Prime

Yeah, the graphic novel basically encompassed anything/everything I find interesting about the characters, so I can't imagine what they want to churn out that will be particularly engaging.

That being said, I do think it'd be cool to see some new comic art and styles depicting the characters.

So 'yay' to new depictions, 'meh' to contrived ideas...

Feb 01 12 - 6:44pm
Christine Valada

The original series editor is LEN Wein (don't you have copy editors?) He is producing the Ozymandias run and the Crimson Corsair back-up. I don't think that constitutes penning "many" of the new stories.

Feb 01 12 - 11:12pm
Jeff @ DTM

Um, do you guys not know that Bob Kane doesn't do Batman anymore? That just about anybody that created any of the major superheros is tits up? So yes, Alan Moore not doing this, but that happens... these are friggin' comic books, they get new writers every couple of years.

Feb 02 12 - 2:39am

Watchmen was a graphic novel, not an endless superhero serial, as much as DC would like to change that.