COMICS: DC Reveals Plans For Another BEFORE WATCHMEN Prequel From JMS
Another Before Watchmen prequel series will be released this November from the creative team of J. Michael Straczynski (Amazing Spider-Man) and Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets). Which character does this one focus on? Find out here!
Announced at the Fan Expo in Toronto just a few moments ago, this November and December will see the release of Before Watchmen: Moloch #1 and #2. This is quite a surprise, as despite the fact that the mystical villain plays a major role in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, the prequels released so far have all focused only on the main cast members. Talking to Comic Book Resources, J. Michael Straczynski talked more about his plans for the series and why exactly he believes 'Moloch' deserves his own prequel. Be sure to click on the link at the bottom of the page to read the interview in full and share your thoughts in the usual place.
On How The Decision To Do Before Watchmen: Moloch Came About:
In our early conversations, Dan [DiDio] indicated that he really wanted to explore Moloch because he’s central to the mythology of the original "Watchmen," even though only see him at the end of his life, and the rest is just a few facts and dates tossed around in text or dialogue. He would’ve liked to have included this from the git-go, but felt that everybody was maxed out on what was already on our plates. Fortunately, I got my scripts finished, done and in before anybody else, and long before they were due, so when I was done Dan asked if I’d be willing, and of course I said yes.
On Why 'Moloch' Is Deserving Of His Own Prequel:
If you step back and just look at his story, it’s a real tragedy, in a way the most tragic of all of the characters. He started out in great difficulty, turned to crime, was sent to prison repeatedly, found religion, converted to Catholicism, and came out of prison determined to lead a changed life. It was a new beginning, a fresh start...and what happens? He falls prey to Ozymandias’ plans and becomes one of the first sacrificial lambs to that slaughter. How is that not a compelling story worth telling? Most of what we know from the material in the first book is expressed in narrative, in bits and pieces in "Under the Hood" and elsewhere -- we don’t actually see any of it, and thus we don’t understand the why of the what. Yes, we know he went through all these changes, but what prompted it? How did it happen and what did it mean? I wanted to give his history the same serious treatment we were giving to all the heroic characters. A character is stretched too thin when you can’t tell any more good stories about them, and with the Watchmen characters, we’ve barely scratched the surface, even though I kinda doubt they’re going to go back to the well on this again too often or too soon.
On Working With Artist Eduardo Risso:
I’ve always said that my scripts live and die by the degree to which you can see or feel emotion from the characters. Eduardo plays a lot with silhouette and suggestion, but manages to convey a tremendous amount of emotion in his work. It’s sly, subtle, evocative...there’s a magical quality to it, which fits with the sense of Moloch the Mystic, the Magician.
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