Before Watchmen

Real Clever BellsDon’t act surprised. You saw this coming.

Yeah, you love Watchmen. You have the collection on your shelf, maybe even some big deluxe edition. You lived with those characters for 12 issues, plus the backup features. You’ve seen the movie, regardless of what you thought of it.

You think about the story all the time. You wonder how Eddie and Sally ended up in bed together. You’ve thought about the days of the Minutemen. (Dollar Bill!) You’ve explained to non-comics readers about the intricacies of the story.

There have been rumors.

There have been concept sketches.

So, admit it. You saw this coming.

In case you forgot what was coming (or willingly blocked it from your mind) here it is again.

  • THE COMEDIAN (6 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones
  • DR. MANHATTAN (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes
  • THE MINUTEMEN (6 issues) – Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
  • NITE OWL (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
  • OZYMANDIAS (6 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
  • RORSCHACH (4 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
  • SILK SPECTRE (4 issues) – Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner
  • BEFORE WATCHMEN: EPILOGUE (One-shot) – Writer/Artist:Various


And now, you want to be upset. You want to fill the internet with Alan Moore levels of indignation.

And yet, those creative teams are intriguing. Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo have a great partnership. And Darwyn Cooke is the best writer/artist in mainstream comics today. And then you’ve got Amanda Conner, Jae Lee, Adam Hughes, and J.G. Jones all doing interiors.

There have been complaints that these characters had their stories told and there is no more to say. But that’s bullshit. That’s like saying if you met someone tomorrow, there would only be a few stories in their past worth hearing about. Everything else is superfluous. Or in this case, sacrilege. It’s not as if someone ever felt the need to tell the story of Wendy Darling’s life years after Wonderland. Oh, wait.

But you don’t know much about the actual crimefighting careers of the first Night Owl or Silk Spectre. Based on solicits and cover images, the Darwyn Cooke series (though not the JMS) seems in that time period. If DC wants to fill in these secondary characters (and yes, cash in), let them.

And you know what? That book from 1986? That book that you love? It’s still on your bookshelf. Untarnished by the roleplaying game. By the action figures. By the movie. And now by these new comics. So shut up. You have no right to complain.

After all, you saw this coming.

2 thoughts on “Before Watchmen

  1. I actually saw this trending on Twitter today and was gonna ask your take on it. I suppose you’re right, but I’m still gonna be annoyed if they suck.

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