There have been rumours around for a while, but DC have confirmed it… the Watchmen ARE returning.
The comic giant has confirmed it will be publishing a collection of prequels to the original 1986 series. The series will collectively be called Before Watchmen and will feature seven mini-series; each will focus on a different character from the Watchmen mythology.
DC Entertainment co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee told E Online!: “After 25 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.”
Watchmen was a great moment in comic history. Alan Moore’s original series is celebrated for it’s maturity, sophistication, flawed characters and for truly showing that comics are as much about literature as any other printed book.
The new series, Before Watchmen, isn’t a sequel to the original story but rather is about the history of the characters and the world they inhabit. Will we see Rorschach, Silk Spectre, Dr Manhattan and the Comedian? Well, looking at the covers, we think it’s a fairly safe bet… yay!
However, despite the presence of real talent like Joe & Andy Kubert, original creator Alan Moore -who famously disowns any movies associated with his properties (V For Vendetta, From Hell, Watchmen and, shudder, the League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen) – has been speaking out about his distaste at this latest news, telling the New York Times: “I tend to take this latest development as a kind of eager confirmation that they are still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago.”
Sour grapes or has he a point? Keep an eye here and we’ll let you know during the summer…