It's been teased and leaked, debated and critqued, but, like it or not, new Watchmen comics without the invlovement or approval of Alan Moore are coming this summer.
Top brass at published DC Comics explained that these new series will be a way to breath new life into the classic comics tale.
“It’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant,” said DC's Jim Lee and Dan DiDio in a statement. “After 25 years the Watchmen are classic characters whose time has come for new stories to be told.”
The project, which has been titled “Before Watchmen,” will consist of prequel stories for each character, following their lives before the events of “Watchmen.” Each story will be named after its lead character. One will be “Rorschach,” a four-issue series which will be written by author Brian Azzarello, who won acclaim for his "100 Bullets" comic book series. Another, the four-part “Dr. Manhattan,” will be penned by writer J. Michael Straczynski, who is well-known for his work on “The Amazing Spiderman” and also writes for television and film. “Ozymandias” will be written by Len Wein, the editor of the original Watchmen series.
In addition to the character-focused series, there will also be a six-issue story called “The Minutemen,” which tells the story of the first generation masked vigilates such as the original Nite Owl and Silk Spectre.
“Before Watchmen,” as it is being called, will also have its own “Tales of the Black Freighter” with a new “comic within the comic” title “Curse of the Crimson Corsair.”This new pirate tale will unravel throughout each issue and title of the series.
DC said new issues of “Before Watchmen” will be published weekly staring in the summer of 2012, but have not provided a more extensive schedule.
Original illustrator for “Watchmen” Dave Gibbons, gave a rather restrained statement that suggests he is more approving of the project than is original Watchmen scribe Alan Moore.
“The original series of ‘Watchmen’ is the complete story that Alan Moore and I wanted to tell,” he said. “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.”
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