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Gus [Emeritus]
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4326 posts

Apparently there’s some big news coming out of DC tomorrow…

RETAILER ADVISORY: MAJOR NEWS FROM DC ENTERTAINMENT BREAKING ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Retailers, there’s a national news break on the way from DC Entertainment! We can’t reveal anything just now, but keep an eye on DC’s “The Source” blog on Wednesday, February 1. You won’t want to miss this!

 

KamuiX
408 posts

Intrigued! Forgot it was only Tuesday and thought this was just the Lemire to JL Dark/Kindt to Frankenstein/Milligan to Stormwatch news (all of which is awesome).

 

Awesome!
3708 posts

Maybe Watchmen prequels.

 

Ryan
646 posts

prequels sound enticing but if that happens they’ll probably try to continue the series after the main book… and that probably wouldn’t go too well.

 

Gus [Emeritus]
Administator
4326 posts

I’m kinda with Alan Moore, I think I’d rather see Watchmen stay where they left it. At least in comic form. (I don’t hold anything against the video game, seems kinda decent from what I’ve played).

 

Joe
Administator
3025 posts

Yeah, I’m not too keen on Watchmen sequels or prequels.
Unless it’s drawn by someone I can’t resist, but those artists are few and far between.

 

Awesome!
3708 posts

Unless it’s drawn by someone I can’t resist

Well, see for yourself.

First thoughts: Hideous banner/project title. Awesome artists (Adam Hughes on interiors!). Lots of Azz and Cooke which is good. Lots of JMS which could go either way (or just not get finished). I’m not really excited about the backup but at least they are giving us something extra for the certainly 3.99 price. I am currently debating whether to get this in singles or the inevitable omnibus/absolute since I will probably want to buy them all anyway.

Also, I like how the new logo looks on there. Eat it haters.

 

Zach
993 posts

I’m more then OK with Watchmen prequels. If it’s great, awesome. If it’s trash, ignore it. Move along.

 

Awesome!
3708 posts

Bleeding Cool has some quotes and images collected. Some of those covers/teasers (whatever they are) look awesome.

 

Awesome!
3708 posts

”I think the gut reaction is going to be, ‘Why?’ But then when the actual books come out, the answer will be, ‘Oh, that’s why.’” -Brian Azzarello.

 

David
1454 posts

Kudos to Awesome for calling it.

 

Tom
576 posts

Might be time to finally read Watchmen.

 

Adios
1848 posts

Loved reading Watchmen, I’ll definitely be checking these out.

 

Ryan
646 posts

my favorite characters are the comedian and rorschach and both are written by azzarello; definitely going to at least see what he does for the first issues.

amanda conner on the silk spectre, gotta see what that’s gonna look like.

all i’ve ever seen by adam huges are pin up covers of catwoman and power girl, I didn’t know he did interior work. I guess I’ll take a peek at dr. manhattan too.

thanks for the heads up on all these watchment comics!

 

Joe
Administator
3025 posts

Nah, none of them are ‘must haves’ for me.
I’ll pass on these probably.

 

KamuiX
408 posts

Sounds good to me…continuing the actual original story or re-imagining it would be crap, but I’m perfectly fine with prequels. They in no way ruin the legacy of the original; if they suck, ignore them. Although the talent involved is pretty damn strong.

Hope they’re well into working on these though. Some of those names scream “delays!!!” to me.

 

Tom
576 posts

JMS has said that he’s already handed in the scripts. That’s something.

 

KamuiX
408 posts

Man, people are flipping out about this everywhere. Hilarious. You’d think the world is ending in nerd circles. This isn’t even continuing Moore’s story. From the way it sounds this will be its own standalone thing. Everyone is acting as if DC is going into the original series and fundamentally changing it. Which begs the question: why do these same nerds keep buying all the crappy versions of Star Wars Lucas keeps whoring out?

 

Tom
576 posts

Actually, I’m sure these are the exact same people who incessantly harp about Star Wars at every opportunity. Whiners gotta whine.

 

Z-Man
390 posts

It’s DC’s right to do it. Peter David makes an interesting point about Alan Moore protesting this but turning around and using other creators’ characters, making Stevenson’s Mr. Hyde an anal rapist and turning L.Frank Baum’s Dorothy into a literary porn star…

All that said, the Watchmen train has sailed for me…

Don’t get me wrong…I love me some Alan Moore. The Ballad of Halo Jones is still one of my favorte comics, ever. V for Vendetta is still as emotive as it was back in the day. I was the first guy in line when he gave Marvel permission to reprint his Captain Britain stuff with Alan Davis. And don’t get me started on Miracleman…

But, he doesn’t own the Watchmen characters any more than he does the members of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen…

 

Anzuelo
977 posts

I think it has potential . . . like always we will see . . . as for me I will hope for the best

 

Joe
Administator
3025 posts

But, he doesn’t own the Watchmen characters any more than he does the members of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen…

Might as well say DC should do a V for Vendetta prequel or sequel with that logic.
Moore doesn’t own the League characters and has no right to since they’re public domain.
But Moore did have a clause in his contract for DC to hand over the rights to Watchmen and V for Vendetta and the ownership of those characters once those two titles were out of print for a year.

 

KamuiX
408 posts

The issue is that Moore acts like all of his creations are holy and sacred, yet he’s perfectly fine taking others characters and doing what he sees fit with them; hell, if it wasn’t for DC talking him out of it, Watchmen would have had Charlton Comics characters. I bet he wouldn’t have called the original creators and ask if it was okay to use them. There are SOOO many creators that have created iconic characters that likely don’t like what others did with them down the line, but when you write something and you don’t own it, that’s the breaks.

DC would be silly to let those titles go out of print…they don’t keep them in print to spite the guy, they do so because they sell.

I wonder if Moore has sounded off on the Supreme revival yet…

 

Awesome!
3708 posts

I think it’s kind of funny how everyone cares what Moore has to say about this stuff but not his collaborators. Gibbons seems to be okay with this and Lloyd liked the V film. All we ever hear about is Moore being a grouch though.

 

Joe
Administator
3025 posts

The issue is that Moore acts like all of his creations are holy and sacred,

How so? Are you sure you’re not projecting what the fans think onto Moore? Because every interview I’ve read from Moore seems like he just doesn’t want anything to do with DC at all anymore, not out of concern for the characters.

yet he’s perfectly fine taking others characters and doing what he sees fit with them


In regards to his DC and Image/Extreme work, yeah, that’s what he was paid to do. If his bosses disagreed with the direction they could tell him “no.” Exactly what they did with Moore’s plans for the Charlton characters.
In terms of the the work he did with public domain characters, they’re fair game. Why else work on public domain characters if not to do what you see fit with them? If you develop an idea for the characters and they’re free to use, then why not do it?

DC would be silly to let those titles go out of print…they don’t keep them in print to spite the guy, they do so because they sell.

You’re right, I don’t think they’re doing it out of spite either. And it makes business sense not to let them go out of print. But I’m guessing Moore’s frustration of the deal comes from probably being told that the book wouldn’t stay in print because hardly any comic ever stayed in print and definitely not as consistently as Watchmen or V have. So Moore’s expectations were, DC would make a little money, he’d get the rights back eventually, then he’d shop around elsewhere for a better deal if he could. I doubt Moore feels very comforted that it makes business sense when he feels cheated out of something he felt like he was promised.

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