I dunno, man. Before Watchmen is loathsome. It’s going to come out and people are going to buy it, but my advice to you, my request, is that you think about the series and what it represents, and then decide if that’s the comics industry you want to build for yourself. (David Brothers via 4th Letter)
Yeah, so I've been trying to figure out how of if I should say something about Before Watchmen here. My simple statement is that I'm not buying any of it. It's an ugly project for so many reasons, not the least of which is that I don't think Watchmen needs prequels or sequels or anything. And I'm one of the few people who own that big DVD boxset of the movie because I get a slight kick out of seeing the Owlship brought to life.
I would be excited for almost any creator-owned project most of the Before Watchmen writers and artists would do. I'll support that stuff from them. Part of why we have Before Watchmen is that we're not supporting Spaceman or… It's almost sad that I can't name any other current creator-owned project by any of the creators but it's to be expected. I think Cooke owns the artwork for the Parker series so there's that, I guess. With this, the Watchmen characters become just another corporate IP. They're to be used, exploited, made money off of and continue the cycle. That makes them no different than Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Superman or Captain America. They're also no different than Captain Carrot or the Inferior Five. They're part of a portfolio now and Warner Brothers Comics (the house formerly known as DC) hopes that they're the next Batman.
I feel sad that Darwyn Cooke, Brian Azzarello and Amanda Connor are doing these books. They're good creators and I want to see them blazing their own paths rather than redoing something that was arguably a redo back in the 1980s.
And that's all I have to say about Before Watchmen.