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:
You don’t get blockbuster, earth-shattering, bombshell news in the comic book business very often. No, the industry saves that kind of excitement for the interior pages of their various superhero publications. The clever people at DC Comics have managed that kind of news twice in the last six months. They first did it with the re-launch of their entire line of comic book titles, all beginning with brand new first issues this past September, making for mainstream press headlines worldwide.
And they did it again today. With Watchmen.
There shouldn’t be any prequels or sequels to Watchmen.
The seminal work by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons was originally released as a twelve-issue miniseries in 1986/1987 and, once collected, became one of the most highly regarded graphic novels of all time. Along with Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Watchmen remains a defining example of comic art in the modern era.
It’s a work that stands alone and should be left alone, but recent news indicates that we’ll be seeing some new Watchmen material in the very near future.