DC Finally Approves Watchmen Babies


?Let’s address the giant blue penis in the room: Earlier today, in the middle of the night (or about 35 minutes ago, if you prefer) DC announced Before Watchmen, a set of seven comic miniseries to be released this summer. The seven comics will include:

?Rorschach by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo

?Comedian by Azzarello and artist J.G. Jones

?Minutemen by writer/artist Darwyn Cooke

?Silk Spectre by Cooke and artist Amanda Conner

?Nite Owl by writer J. Michael Straczynski and artists Joe and Andy Kubert

?Dr. Manhattan by Straczynski and artist J.G. Jones

?Ozymandias by writer and original Watchmen editor Len Wein with art by Jae Lee

This is, of course, a terrible fucking idea. The chances of these things adding anything to what is widely considered comics’ literary masterpiece is slim, and the chances of it fucking with Watchmen is considerable. And don’t pull that “you’ll always have the original” bullshit, because you know that’s not true. Bad prequels can tarnish the originals; Star Wars was proof enough of that. I’ll never be able to think of Batman: Year One without Batman pissing himself, thanks to Kevin Smith. And if Dr. Manhattan turns out to have done a stint as a rodeo clown is this goddamn thing, I’m pretty sure it will affect the way I read and enjoy Watchmen in the future. (Via USA Today)