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DC to revive Watchmen for prequel comic book mini-series


Story by Jack Foley

DC ENTERTAINMENT is to revive the Watchmen graphic novels.

According to various reports, it will publish seven prequel comic book mini-series called Before Watchmen.

The plan is to unleash a new title each week focusing on the characters’ lives and adventures in the years before the original story, which was released to widespread acclaim in 1986 by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons.

The characters in question – namely Rorschach, Comedian, Dr Manhattan, Nite Owl, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre and The Minutemen – will be featured in stories from comics creators including Darwyn Cooke, J. Michael Straczynski, Brian Azzarello, Adam Hughes, Andy Kubert and Joe Kubert.

Watchmen is the top-selling graphic novel of all time and was part of a wave of comics in the 1980s that redefined the genre.

Whether the new mini-series will get the blessing of original creator Moore remains to be seen, though, particularly as he has always maintained that Watchmen is a singular vision.

He also notoriously came out against the 2009 movie adaptation, Watchmen (pictured), directed by Zack Snyder.

But DC, which owns the characters,believes that enough time has passed to make it acceptable to explore new stories featuring the popular characters.

In a statement, DC Entertainment co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee said: “It’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant.

“After 25 years, the Watchmen are classic characters whose time has come for new stories to be told.”

DC also has the backing of artist Gibbons, who added: “The original series of Watchmen is the complete story that Alan Moore and I wanted to tell.

“However, I appreciate DC’s reasons for this initiative and the wish of the artists and writers involved to pay tribute to our work. May these new additions have the success they desire.”