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'Watchmen' prequel released amid controversy

Original creators opinions' differ, but DC Comics co-publisher says fans should keep an open mind on follow-up to top-selling graphic novel.
by Matthew Price Published: June 8, 2012

“So when you do that, it sort of gives you the impetus to make sure that you're examining all the best ways to approach product, and more importantly, to put out the strongest publishing line possible.”

DiDio said the fan interest in “Watchmen” has remained strong since the book's release in the late 1980s.

“But we also knew that the only way we could do it, is by assembling the best team possible, the best writers, the best artists for the execution,” DiDio said. “Once we found them, then I think that gave us the strength and the excitement to go ahead and do this.”

DiDio said fans who are concerned over Moore's disassociation with the product should look at the creators who are involved.

“If you've liked these characters, and you loved the story that was told with them, then you have to walk into this with an open mind, and try the product,” DiDio said. “Because what we did is we made sure that regardless of what your opinion might be about producing it, you cannot challenge the quality of the material, or the quality of the creators ... we assembled these teams because we wanted the product to be above reproach.”

“Before Watchmen” will include seven new limited series, written and drawn by award-winning creators including Brian Azzarello, Darwyn Cooke, J. Michael Straczynski, and Joe Kubert.

The first issue of “Before Watchmen: Minutemen,” written and drawn by Cooke, is on sale now. The first issue of “Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre,” by Cooke and artist Amanda Conner, will be released Wednesday.

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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