A few weeks back, we heard tell that those long-lived rumors that DC was setting up a sequel to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic graphic novel Watchmen were more than just rumors. Now there’s more news, and if you’re one of those fans who was rooting for the project to die, the news isn’t good.
Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston has unofficial (but apparently pretty sound) confirmation from inside DC that none other than Andy Kubert—son of the legendary artist Joe Kubert and artist on acclaimed DC titles like Grant Morrison’s Batman & Son and Neil Gaiman’s Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?—is attached to draw at least part of the new Watchmen project.
Kubert was one of several names rumored to be attached to the comic, along with Final Crisis artist J. G. Jones, 100 Bullets creator and Batman writer Brian Azzarello and Superman writer/Babylon 5 mastermind J. Michael Straczynski. Johnston also noted that Andy “may not be the only Kubert getting involved with this,” which suggests a possible return to DC for his brother Adam, who’s been busy over at Marvel lately drawing titles like Wolverine and Astonishing Spider-Man. Or, and this would be really big, Joe Kubert might contribute his legendary pencil to the project in some form. He’s 85 and still drawing, so it could happen.
If it seems like this list is crowded with names, that’s because we’re not talking about just one comic here. Word seems to be that the Watchmen project will take the form of not one, but four miniseries, and they won’t be sequels, but prequels. Whether that means origin stories or simply the adventures of the superhero team before everything went to hell is unclear, but it seems like we’ll definitely be dealing with the past.
If you’re ready to tug your hair out over all this, there is one bright spot: Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons is reported to be involved. Apart from having one of the original guys on board, what’s the best case scenario for this? If we have to see more Watchmen, who’s the best fit for it?