A Letter to Fan Boys About Before Watchmen

Dear Fan Boy,

Settle down. Take a swig of your Mountain Dew Code Red, and take a deep breath. It is going to be OK. I know you just spent the past day scouring comic book blogs and message boards denouncing Before Watchmen, but stop and think about it for a second.

Who is your favorite character from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons Watchmen? Rorschach? A lot of people like Rorschach. Guess what? Now you will get at least four more issues about Rorschach written by Brian Azzarello and with art from Lee Bermejo. The same guys who did Joker a couple years ago. Remember how much you liked Joker? I think they are the perfect guys to tackle Rorschach.

Guess who else is working on Before Watchmen? J. Michael Straczynski, Darwyn Cooke, Amanda Conner, Len Wein, Adam Hughes, the Kubert Brothers and Jae Lee. You are a fan of these people. You love Babylon 5 and DC: The New Frontier and girls with big boobs. So I think you will dig what these creators do to the Minutemen, Silk Spectre and Dr. Manhattan. Trust me. 

I know Alan Moore has told The New York Times he was not happy with this news, but I do not think that guy is ever happy. He was right about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie, but he also reimagined all of the characters for that series from classic literature. And do not get me started on Lost Girls. Even the characters of Watchmen were partially lifted from old Charlton characters. So for him to compare Watchmen to Moby-Dick is a bit of a stretch.

You are right that you do not have to buy these issues, but being angry did not get you to stop buying “The Death of (Insert Superhero Name Here),” and DC knows this. That is OK because I am super interested in some of these series as well. So are a lot of people. If you do not want to tell your buddies that you are interested that is cool I will not tell them. It will be our secret.

Look on the bright side. Some of your favorite characters of all-time are going to get new stories from some of the better creators in comic books. DC was smart they did not ask people like Rob Liefeld to work on this. They have him working on The Savage Hawkman instead, and no one reads that comic. I also thought he was pretty awesome when I was 13, but does Cable really need a gun that big?

Alright. To review: They have some pretty awesome people working on this. Watchmen is not Moby-Dick. Your secret is safe with me, and no Rob Liefeld. All in all it should be pretty exciting, and entertaining. And that is what comic book reading should be all about.

You may now return to Skyrim. I am going to start watching this Saturday Night Live from 1993 starring Jason Patric. 




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