Watchmen Prequels officially announced

DC Comics haben heute in einer breit angelegten Aktion die Watchmen-Prequels angekündigt. Dazu haben sie auf mehreren Websites von Wired bis zur New York Times Cover-Artworks und Interviews mit den Autoren gestreut, am interessantesten dürften natürlich die Rorschach und Comedian-Runs von Brian „100 Bullets“ Azzarello werden, aber auch sonst haben sie sich ein paar Schwergewichte ins Boot geholt, unter anderem J. Michael Straczynski, der in jüngster Zeit Superman Grounded geschrieben hatte (fand ich toll).

Die Prequels erscheinen über mehrere Monate in wöchentlichen Ausgaben, hier im einzelnen:

● 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

Each week, a new issue will be released, and will feature a two-page back-up story called CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR, written by original series editor Len Wein and with art by original series colorist John Higgins. There will also be a single issue, BEFORE WATCHMEN: EPILOGUE, featuring the work of various writers and artists, and a CRIMSON CORSAIR story by Wein and Higgins.

Hier das Statement von Alan Moore in der New York Times (wo es noch dazu ein Interview mit Brian Azzarello gibt):

Mr. Moore, who has disassociated himself from DC Comics and the industry at large, called the new venture “completely shameless.”

Speaking by telephone from his home in Northampton, England, Mr. Moore said, “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.”

Comicbook Resources: EXCLUSIVE: JMS TALKS "BEFORE WATCHMEN: DR. MANHATTAN" (Interview with writer J. Michael Straczynski)
Wired: Ozymandias Cover for Dreaded Watchmen Prequel (Interview with writer Len Wein)
Hollywood Reporter: DC Entertainment Returning to 'Watchmen' with 7-Book Prequel Series (Interview with writer J. Michael Straczynski)
Entertainment Weekly: DC Comics to publish controversial 'Watchmen' prequels (Interview with writer Darwyn Cooke)
LA Times: ‘Watchmen’ prequels: DC dares to expand on classic (Interview with writer/artist Darwyn Cooke)
USA Today: DC gives Watchmen a graphic past (Interview with writer Brian Azzarello)
Associated Press: Watchmen The Prequels: DC Comics Eyes Will Launch 7 Miniseries To Preface 1986 Series (Interview with writer Len Wein and artist John Higgins)