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Watch Men. You know you want to.

All right!  All right!  I guess I’ll just have to give in.  This week, there’s one thing all comic book blogs have to talk about.  I’m not going to bury the lead any further.  Watchmen.  Prequels.  There.  I said it.  Now, I don’t really know what else to say since every other blog seems to have said it all before.  But seriously, was anyone really surprised about this?

I mean, sure there might have been some initial shock, but wasn’t it only a matter of time?  For the past twenty-five years people have been saying, “They better not make a Watchmen sequel!”  “How could they even consider doing a follow up?” “Watchmen is untouchable.”  Turns out they were half right.  Prequels are untouchable (at least for now), but prequels are totally fair game.  At least, that’s what DC says.  Alan Moore is not pleased.

But, Alan Moore is never pleased.  The only time I’ve ever seen him even close to pleased was when he was talking to some Occupy London protestors.  And I’m not just being flippant.  It was on the news!  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FumNSfY7SfI)  Seriously, though, Moore fights with anyone over anything.  He fought with DC over creator rights, and a rating system.  He ended up not trusting the Image guys and Rob Liefeld in particular.  He fought with Jim Lee when Wildstorm was sold to DC and they started messing with his work.  He hates Marvel for some reason that I cannot quite figure out.  (It has something to do with his time writing for Marvel UK.) So, Alan Moore not liking something is not reason enough for it not to be done.

The entire comic book industry is about taking other people’s work and exploiting it.  I knew this isn’t exactly a news bulletin, but even Watchman is based on other comic book people’s work.  Rorschach is a thinly veiled version of the Question.  Nite Owl is Blue Beetle.  Doctor Manhattan is based on Captain Atom.  Has he ever thanked Steve Ditko for letting him corrupt all of his characters?

Besides, it seems like whenever comic book pundits say you can’t do something the industry takes it like a dare.  After Chris Claremont killed Jean Grey in the Dark Phoenix Saga, there was an ongoing contest in the Marvel offices to find a way to bring her back.  So, just when fans are getting used to the idea of Jean Grey being dead, she gets resurrected.

There used to be a saying, “Uncle Ben, Gwen Stacy, and Bucky are the only characters who stay dead.”  Add to that Batman’s first dead Robin (Jason Todd), and you have a pretty important group of characters.  All but Uncle Ben have returned to life in one form or another, most notably Bucky and Jason Todd.  All three are characters whose deaths had a serious impact on other characters.  They represented the greatest failures of Captain America, Batman, and Spider-Man.  They influenced their thought processes and their priorities.  But, that didn’t stop the industry from bringing them back.

Why should Watchmen be any different?  Bucky’s resurrection has lead to a “new” character and some fantastic stories by Ed Brubaker.  He even lead a group of Avengers for a short time.  Maybe Watchmen could follow a similar trajectory?  A lot of concern and dissention, but ultimately a big success?  They certainly got a strong group of creators to give it the best chance possible.

Graham Becksted watches the Watchmen.  And, apparently, so does the rest of the internet.  He is the author of Graham’s Grumbles the second blog by that name that is listed in Google results when you search for Graham’s Grumbles.  If you would like to be his 52nd follower (thank you, bots), he can be followed on Twitter @GrahamBecksted.

P.S. Honestly, I’m not even all that interested in these prequels.  But, I’m sure I’ll try ‘em out in trade just to see what’s what.  At the very least it’ll give me something else to write about.

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