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DC Officially Announces a 35-Issue ‘Before Watchmen’ Prequel Series

Today, DC Comics confirmed past rumors by announcing that a prequel to the iconic Watchmen is coming this summer—35 prequels in fact.

Oh yes, if you were put off by the idea of Watchmen prequels before, you’re in for 35 straight weeks of horror spread out into seven series and a one-shot epilogue that brings everything together. The Before Watchmen series includes:

  • RORSCHACH (4 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
  • MINUTEMEN (6 issues) – Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
  • COMEDIAN (6 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones
  • DR. MANHATTAN (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes
  • NITE OWL (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
  • OZYMANDIAS (6 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
  • SILK SPECTRE (4 issues) – Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner

So now you’re probably thinking “what does Alan Moore think about all this?”

Not surprisingly, he was his usual reserved self on the matter. He told the New York Times that the prequels were “shameless” and noted the following:

“I tend to take this latest development as a kind of eager confirmation that they are still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago,”

“I don’t want money. What I want is for this not to happen,” he said. “As far as I know, there weren’t that many prequels or sequels to ‘Moby-Dick.’ ”

So, what do you think? Are you excited about this prequel series or is it as “shameless” as Moore says it is? Let us know in the comments and/or Facebook and Twitter—and check out some of the additional cover designs below.

(via CBR)


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