Yup, you read that right. Watchmen 2 is coming to your favourite comic retailer, along with a ton of Watchmen prequels, DC announced yesterday. The whole roster of writers and artists taking over the one comic property long considered untouchable reads like this:
● RORSCHACH (4 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
● MINUTEMEN (6 issues) – Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
● COMEDIAN (6 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones
● DR. MANHATTAN (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes
● NITE OWL (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
● OZYMANDIAS (6 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
● SILK SPECTRE (4 issues) – Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner
Each week, a new issue will be released, and will feature a two-page back-up story called CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR, written by original series editor Len Wein and with art by original series colorist John Higgins. There will also be a single issue, BEFORE WATCHMEN: EPILOGUE, featuring the work of various writers and artists, and a CRIMSON CORSAIR story by Wein and Higgins.
Certainly some heavy hitters in that list – Brian Azzarello is infamous for his take on Joker (so much so he is partially responsible for Heath Ledger’s legendary take on the Clown Prince of Crime), J. Michael Straczynski has written nearly every character in both the DC and Marvel universes at this point, and Darwyn Cooke is, well, Darwyn Cooke.
Sounds like DC’s keeping on making bold steps in their effort to keep their recent stranglehold on the comic marketplace.
So what does Alan Moore think about this? Well, he told 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.”
So, yeah, he’s excited about it.
Obviously he isn’t too happy about it. His problems with DC are quite well known, and he did slave over this story for years to bring it to fruition. It has to be tough for him to see these characters taken over by others. It’s like watching someone else teach your child how to ride a bike.
And then kidnapping them.
So why is DC doing this? Well, the New York Times asked Brian Azzarello, and he gave an answer that makes you wonder how he manages to write stuff for a living (sorry, Brian, maybe they just ran the worst quote, but really):
“I think the gut reaction is going to be, ‘Why?’ ” Mr. Azzarello said in a telephone interview. “But then when the actual books come out, the answer will be, ‘Oh, that’s why.’ ”
Ah, cool. Thanks for clearing that up.
Well, once again, The Simpsons partially predicted the future.
If you want to see the covers, check ’em out over at io9.