If Rich Johnston is to be believed, one of comics’ favorite rumors is on its way back:
I was told before New York Comic Con… that DC were drawing up a wishlist of creators for a series of Watchmen prequel comics. Well, I’ve now heard a lot more. Darwyn Cooke’s name is at the very top, linked to drawing two mini-series and writing another, followed by the likes of JMS, JG Jones, Andy Kubert and Brian Azzarello. Whether or not they have been approached, I don’t know, and no one’s talking, but it gives you an idea of the scale. I would also expect Dave Gibbons and John Higgins to be involved in some way.
I’ve always been skeptical about the idea of DC going back to the Watchmen well, but this particular variation on the rumor just seems so insanely unbelievable that I almost wish it was true. I mean, does anyone really think that Darwyn Cooke would be interested enough in doing a Watchmen prequel that he’d sign up for three separate projects? Or that DC would be so sure of the projects’ success that it’d be willing to tie up top talent like Andy Kubert and JG Jones, instead of having them work on DCU books…? It all seems so unlikely as to be almost laughable… but then again, those are the rumors that turn out to be true, sometimes. So what do you think?