The more I think about it, the more I realize how much Before Watchmen is a gift to the ongoing argument that is the Comics Internet; no matter which “side” you’re on, you have something to point to and get angry about. “Alan Moore said that there were no talented people in comics!” “JMS said that at least it isn’t as bad as having Mr. Hyde rape the Invisible Man to death in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!” and so on. It may not beat Avengers Vs. X-Men in final sales, when the various titles are eventually released, but it’s possible that it may be the comic to finally do the very thing that Brian Michael Bendis promised way back when he was doing House of M, and tear the internet in half, which is something, right…?
(Something that is interesting from the J. Michael Straczynski interview linked above: The revelation that the series don’t seem to be as interconnected as it may at first appear. JMS explained that “We’re all over the place [in terms of timeline], depending on what part of a character’s life the individual writer(s) wanted to explore. The only commonality they share is that they don’t go beyond the first page of the WATCHMEN GN. We are specifically not touching anything after that point as a gesture of respect.” Well, that and the fact that it couldn’t be called Before Watchmen if it didn’t happen before Watchmen, of course…)