COMICS: DC'S WATCHMEN Prequel Reportedly Targeting Artist Andy Kubert Amongst Others

It appears the controversial project has received a "hush,hush" go from DC execs.

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By Mark Julian - 12/1/2011

Source: Bleeding Cool

Bleeding Cool reports that Andy Kubert will be drawing one of four Watchmen prequels, a project that DC is trying to keep on the hush. Reportedly spurned on by the success of "the new 52", DC has been conducting meetings all week and given the project an aptly titled code name, “Panic Room”. Other names tossed about to work on the project include Dave Gibbons, John Higgins, Darwyn Cooke, JMS, JG Jones, Andy Kubert and more.

The project is said to be four Watchmen miniseries, all prequels which will all be overseen by Cooke who may write one of the miniseries himself.

I think the below image pretty much sums up what everyone believes is the reasoning behind this decision.







Watchmen is a twelve-issue comic book limited series created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colourist John Higgins. The series was published by DC Comics during 1986 and 1987, and has been subsequently reprinted in collected form. Watchmen originated from a story proposal Moore submitted to DC featuring superhero characters that the company had acquired from Charlton Comics. As Moore's proposed story would have left many of the characters unusable for future stories, managing editor Dick Giordano convinced the writer to create original characters instead.

Moore used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to critique the superhero concept. Watchmen depicts an alternate history where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s, helping the United States to win the Vietnam War. The country is edging towards a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, freelance costumed vigilantes have been outlawed and most former superheroes are in retirement or working for the government. The story focuses on the personal development and struggles of the protagonists as an investigation into the murder of a government sponsored superhero pulls them out of retirement, and eventually leads them to confront a plot that would stave off nuclear war by killing millions of people.

Creatively, the focus of Watchmen is on its structure. Gibbons used a nine-panel grid layout throughout the series and added recurring symbols such as a blood-stained smiley. All but the last issue feature supplemental fictional documents that add to the series' backstory, and the narrative is intertwined with that of another story, a fictional pirate comic titled Tales of the Black Freighter, which one of the characters reads. Structured as a nonlinear narrative, the story skips through space, time and plot. Watchmen has received critical acclaim both in the comics and mainstream press, and is regarded by critics as a seminal text of the comics medium. After a number of attempts to adapt the series into a feature film, director Zack Snyder's Watchmen was released in 2009.




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lilej2 - 12/1/2011, 7:44 AM
BAD IDEA!!!!
marvel72 - 12/1/2011, 7:57 AM
andy kubert great artist one of my favorites,but a prequel to the greatest story ever told.

i won't be buying it.
MarVell - 12/1/2011, 8:06 AM
Though I'm not sure if this is a good idea, original Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons, and Justice League: New Frontier artist Darwyn Cooke, are perfect fits for this project.
Dynamo - 12/1/2011, 8:07 AM
This is a dumb idea.
longbowhunter - 12/1/2011, 8:10 AM
I'm not gonna be a nay sayer. Depending on the creative teams involved I may be open to this.
Rorschach12311 - 12/1/2011, 8:21 AM
[b]"I think the below image pretty much sums up what everyone believes is the reasoning behind this decision."[/b]
so fking true

i dont really mind
as long as they dont include grant morrison on this i am more than fine with it
andy kurbet & JMS are just plain awesome
what i wud love is for jim lee to draw a rorschach & nite owl issue


CaptainAmerica - 12/1/2011, 8:22 AM
Perfect.
AxlKomix - 12/1/2011, 8:27 AM
Can I be blasphemous and say that I don't think Watchmen was anything particularily special? It opened a lot of doors, but reading back now it's actually really dry at times. It's also excessive and the ending is stupid. Zack Snyder actually created a logical ending that made Moore's original look stupid. A giant squid?! Are you kidding me?! Stupid! On that note, I don't see why new stories for the characters shouldn't be done. Going solely on Moore's dull ideas doesn't do his own characters justice.
MassExecutions - 12/1/2011, 8:31 AM
Maybe Alan Moore will have an actual stroke. I'd find that amusing. Just kidding. Sort of.
NorrinRaddical - 12/1/2011, 8:32 AM
ugh, i don't think i've ever been so torn over a DC comic project. I consider myself one of the most enthusiastic Darwyn Cooke fans, rabid almost. i would be extremely interested in all of his take on the entire thing. like many "Nolanites", i have complete and utter faith that Cooke will tell an extraordinary story (and hopefully draw as much as possible too. but like many of you, i feel this is absolutely a disrespectful money grab. I also have a hunch that the fact that creators with enormous talent are involved means it is people who absolutely CARE about the integrity of it all. they know they're walking on eggshells and digging on hallowed ground. i also wonder if it is similar to Bruce Timm's temporary misgivings about doing Justice League or Batman Beyond cartoons, where creatively he was ready to move on, but felt if anyone was going to do it RIGHT and RESPECTFULLY, let it be him
NorrinRaddical - 12/1/2011, 8:35 AM
it's funny too though...Cooke once said something to the effect (paraphrasing, sorry): why do writers have to come along and do such drastically different things to a character that disrespect their origins and intentions? JUST DO SOMETHING NEW. so I think Cooke will be VERY respectful of Moore. I think DC would've gone through with this if every last working writer and artist passed it up due to morals. Cooke, Kubert, JMS, et al? they want it in good safe hands
nuck82 - 12/1/2011, 8:44 AM
hmmmmmm idk
hush - 12/1/2011, 8:53 AM
I'll read it because I am a comic nerd.

However, I feel this is a massive pile of Phantom Menace. I can only assume it will go back to when Ozymandias had a sidekick called Cleopatra Binks.

nuck82 - 12/1/2011, 8:55 AM
im not a dick!!! im an asshole, theres a diff
Unas - 12/1/2011, 9:10 AM
@Nomis: Dr. Manhattan "attacked" the US also, thus bringing in the traitor factor. Also, Dr. M's energy sperm was splattered across the world throughout those atomic attacks. No one was excluded. It all fits.
Ceejay - 12/1/2011, 9:12 AM
This is going to go the way "The Kingdom" series of DC Spin-offs went after they tried capitalizing on Kingdom Comes' success. Lucky for them there are enough idiots buying any old comic to make cash on this piece of crap!
GiftedYoungster - 12/1/2011, 9:23 AM
Kubert rules. This project does not.
Ha1frican - 12/1/2011, 9:23 AM
@Nomis America was attacked too so it does make more sense... ALOT more sense
Mechagino - 12/1/2011, 9:25 AM
Oh hell yeah!

Course, I'm not going to be a stupid person and say this will suck when nothing has materialized YET!
thegoldenlemur - 12/1/2011, 9:33 AM
if they pull this off, it'll surprise everyone; if it comes off as anything other than outstanding and intelligent, it'll be the mistake of the decade.

remember the non-moore top 10 follow up? horrifying.
Shadowelfz - 12/1/2011, 9:39 AM
You know I'm against this as I beleive it to be unnecessary and, yes, a cheap grab for cash but if they make it... whatever. Fans will always have the original and can just 'pretend' that this didn't exist.

It's still lame though.
Dedpool - 12/1/2011, 9:43 AM
Andy Kubert would work well, but I wonder about the stories? i mean their heroics almost have to be seconds fiddle to the issues they have!
sarahsatire - 12/1/2011, 9:47 AM
I heard about this a long time ago, and never thought it would actually get the green light. What a waste of time.

P.S. I hope a giant squid eats the guy who said Moore's ideas are dull. Never have I seen such an asinine comment in a comic related website.
MassExecutions - 12/1/2011, 9:48 AM
Wow, i can't remember the last time Gusto was so right. Oh wait, it was the Luke Cage article.
TheTank - 12/1/2011, 9:59 AM
Dumb idea, but do i'll do what I did after I read "The dark knight strikes again"...pretend it didn't exist.

I think watchmen is overrated anyway, dont get me wrong I love the book, but I like my comics like I like my music...No political shit.

And i like my women like I like my coffee, Black and Free...
spiderclone - 12/1/2011, 10:08 AM
watchmen prequel simply before there was the minute men, there wasnt the minute men
OdinsBeard - 12/1/2011, 10:11 AM
who craes. watchmen is still great. it will always be great.
plasticman - 12/1/2011, 10:18 AM
I'm okay with this. I just hope they kill off that silly Dr. Manhattan and replace him with a 12 year old Hispanic from the hood.
AMF - 12/1/2011, 10:18 AM
I won't say no, I mean it's Watchmen!
But without Alan Moore...Nyaaa
OdinsBeard - 12/1/2011, 10:18 AM
rather see a SEQUEL tho. i think i learned pretty much all i needed to about the pasts of these characters. i mean you can't really have something happen to them thats more important than the end of the world as we know it. also if something important did happen to them before "Watchmen" then wouldn't it have been mentioned? "oh hey remember this huge event that happened that we're going to save for a prequel?" "yeah thats great but let's focus on who killed comedian"

But then again if you do the sequel it would take away the impact of the ending and the endless deate that ensues when discussing it. was adrian right or wrong? would you have covered it up or been unwilling to comprimise your morals?

good stuff.

hope a good writer gets on and has as much to say about today's society and Moore did back in the 80's (and many of those ideas are still relevant) becuase i'm looking forward to seeing these characters again.
AMF - 12/1/2011, 10:21 AM
@OdinsBeard

Ozymandias isn't really explored in Watchmen if I remember correctly, so I suppose delving into his backstory would be practical, all we really know is that he has that mentality to be someone who saves the world, but what made him the person we saw? We don't fully know...
AxlKomix - 12/1/2011, 10:25 AM
@Shaman- THANK YOU!!!

Everyone click on the link and read it!

I'd say the main reason most of you think the "alien" was a good idea is because you read the book first (as did I) and were dissappointed that Snyder didn't remain faithful. However, can you not really recognize how ridiculous the notion is? If the film had ended that way, my friends that already think the movie was stupid (I don't agree) would have thrown it to the side completely.

@sarahsatire- What makes Watchmen dry and "dull" (a word perhaps not best chosen) at times is Moore's overuse of politics. I had a similar issue with reading V For Vendetta. I enjoy both films considerably more than the original books because, true, they maintain the political message, but that message isn't shoved down my throat with every line. Personally, my favorite work by Moore is The Killing Joke.
JohnPaul - 12/1/2011, 10:28 AM
marvel72 -The greatest story ever told? Really? lmao!
Christuffer - 12/1/2011, 10:38 AM
If they [frick] it up, I will never forgive them
Unas - 12/1/2011, 10:48 AM
Snyder did an acceptable job, I loved the film. But hopefully they are not doing this for economical purposes. And yes, The Killing Joke is my all time favorite. Batman and Commissioner Gordon are the REAL dynamic duo.
BATMANx - 12/1/2011, 10:49 AM
The Watchmen But Rorschach is Died he was the Best part of the watchmen
dellamorte1872 - 12/1/2011, 11:32 AM
I AGREE WITH YOU @NOMIS. I ALWAYS SAID THE SAME THING, DR.M REPRESENTED AMERICA. THE OTHER COUNTRIES INVOLVED WOULD BLAME THE U.S FOR DR. M'S ACTIONS. IT WAS BETTER WITH A "3RD PARTY" TO BLAME IT ON SO EVERYONE WOULD FIND COMMONALITY. THE MOVIE VERSION IS GOOD BUT IT DEF ENDED BADLY!
sevenyearslumber - 12/1/2011, 11:48 AM
bad ass! i hope Darwyn draws one as well! BITCHIN
lntrn8 - 12/1/2011, 11:58 AM
To comic fans, this is like writing a prequel to The Bible.
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