It’s a fascinating, if not downright historic, Wednesday at your local comic book shop. Today, the first issue of DC Comics’ long-gesticulating Watchmen set of prequel comics gets released.
You remember Watchmen. The graphic novel. By writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons. 1986. Eisner award winner. Hugo award winner. One of Time Magazine’s 100 best novels of the twentieth century. Novels! Watchmen. Adored. Revered. Dissected. Debated. Reprinted into perpetuity. Watchmen. The seminal work of the comic book art form. Watchmen. Ownership disputes. Contract rights. Legal rights. Artist rights. Watchmen. Vitriol and anger and bitterness.
And today, the comic book reader is left to decide, left to spend their money, on Watchmen prequel comics by people other than the original creators. Yea or nay?
Ah, yes. Watchmen.
With this week’s announcement of the forthcoming Watchmen Prequels came a wide variety of reactions from fans. Our own J.P. perhaps said it best in Everything is Eventual, a solid look at this bombshell announcement; but not everyone took the news with such grace and objectivity.
Our Twitter feed has been inundated with funny and insightful fan responses to the news from DC Comics.
Short of getting Alan Moore’s reaction, these are some of the best responses we’ve seen so far: