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Blog #3: Before Citizen Kane

Well, it’s finally happened…those it said it couldn’t be done underestimated the greed gods as they have risen their ugly heads once more to create ‘Before Watchmen’. If Alan Moore has a grave buried in the magic cave under his house I’m sure he’s spinning in it. DC Comics announced earlier this morning that they are releasing 8 new mini-series each focusing on different characters from Alan Moore’s Magnum Opus.

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
CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR (4 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: John Higgins

I can hear the fan boys screaming, I can hear them rampaging through the streets, burning cars and looting every shop along the way. Alan Moore has been very vocal in the past about other people touching his work and adapting his creations. He has already made a statement regarding this announcement saying that he won’t sue because DC is too powerful and that he doesn’t want money he just doesn’t want this to happen. Well, it’s going to happen regardless of his wishes, the rampaging juggernaut of progress will steamroll right over his request and is it right? To many doing this is like some new director coming along and creating a prequel to Citizen Kane. is it that severe? Is a classic not to be touched in any way not even for a prequel?

I am actually a little excited, as much as I want to stand with the howling fan boys screaming for vengeance in the night… I  can’t. Strong creators line the banners for these titles and it’s that which is stirring my interest. I am a huge fan of Darwyn Cooke and seeing him do ‘The Minutemen’ is a dream come true, his art style along with the feel of classic super-heroing in the original Watchmen universe is going to a real treat. Azzarello’s is well know for gritty crime dramas and with him focusing on the early days of Rorschach, well it sounds like an amazing combination. The artists are all favorites and even though it’s afront to a lot of things I feel DC has made an interesting mark by moving this forward.

Alan Moore didn’t create Swamp Thing, Batman or Superman, characters he built his early career on. Characters that through his excellent writing led to “Watchmen” and everything else in his career. If he had respected Jerry Siegel, Bob Kane & Len Wein the way he expects others to respect him then none of what he has accomplished would exist. No one is taking the original Watchmen away from you, it’s still there, it can still sit on your shelf and be read any time you like. If you believe that this shouldn’t exist…don’t let it exist in your world… don’t buy it. Leave it for those of us willing to give some new people a shot, someone willing to open up and maybe be surprised. Would I watch a ‘Citizen Kane’ prequel…your damn right I would! Would it be as good as the original…Likely not but you never know, it very well could be!

So in conclusion, give it a shot, if you don’t like it then curb it and grab the original. The controversy will rage on I’m sure until this series is over and the praise or criticism arrives. The only thing I can imagine that would keep this controversy going is if they announce a sequel…and god help the fan boys when that eventual day comes.

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