lot’s of good questions and comments tonight.
I think the bottom line for me on the “Before Watchmen” issue is, “are they good comics?” I’m going to try a few, and the quality of the work will hold the final say. I’ll also buy any new works Alan Moore makes, because I like his work, and I hope it’s OK with him if I do both.
Thanks again for your input. I’m going to answer some of your questions and comments privately later, but for now, I’ve got a pile of new comics to get to!
have a great night, and buy comics!
I’m going to disagree with part of this.
I think that if Alan Moore had been the one to put out either a sequel or prequel, we would all be having a very different conversation about this. I don’t think a lot of people would be saying that “everything that needs to be said” was said by the original.
Respecting Alan Moore and his creators rights, or not supporting DC in a cash grab are one thing, but suggesting that the rich and fertile world of the Watchmen that Moore and Gibbons created holds no more worthy story ideas doesn’t fly for me. There’s plenty more that can be said with those characters in that world.
The argument to be made, the argument that interests me, is **who** is best suited to tell those stories.
I think that the stories are definitely there to be told.
Another legitimate response.
Respect the work, respect the man. Moore has made no secret of not wanting these prequels to happen, and I think if you agree with him, that’s fair.
Not yet. any good?
Animal Man is pretty good. Lemire is on Justice League Dark now, and I just picked up the latest issue, so we’ll see what he does with that.
In that regard, you could call it a success. If it brings in new readers, I’m all for it. The tough thing is, that eventually you will get a whole new backlog of continuity and dense stories that will ward off wary newcomers.
I think that’s a legitimate response.
The whole project is definitely driven by the desire to cash in on a very popular and highly regarded work. That aside, I want to see what they make of it. It doesn’t **have** to be bad just because it’s profit driven.
Art VS Commerce…What’s your opinion?
I can’t say a lot of the New52 has grabbed me yet.
All Star Western and Demon Knights have been really good, but I liked those characters before the reboot. Aquaman was a surprise. Scott Snyder on Batman and Grant Morrison on Action Comics have been interesting. Batgirl and Batwoman are solid.
I **hate** what they’ve done to Amanda Waller and Starfire. I don’t know what’s going on with Superman. Justice League needs to pick it up a bit.
Some good, some bad. I’m still waiting for that breakout must-read. Worlds’ Finest and Earth Two might change my mind.
Totally. If Claremont wasn’t getting paid by the word, he was missing a bet.
That’s the followup to Tiny Titans, right?
Tiny Titans was a lot of fun, no matter what your age. I’ll have to check out the new series.
As to pacing…
I remember reading the monthly issues of Watchmen as they came out. The way that story was told, the serialized monthly pace was just about perfect. It’s still my preferred way of reading that story. That, and the text pieces that accompanied each monthly issue, made it a really satisfying experience each month. I think that it does lose something when you sit down and try to read it in a chunk.
And wordiness? It’s Alan Moore. I think he’s allowed to use as many words as he needs.
Gail Simone is one of my favourite writers working today. I think Secret Six is one of the best series of the last 10 years, and I’m hoping that Batgirl becomes the same kind of “must-read” experience.
Amanda Conner does some really good work there. Her work on Power Girl was just beautiful, and I think she’s gotten even better with Silk Spectre.
Sure does…I actually have a complete run of the Atari Force series from the 80’s. Good comics!
I didn’t pick up the new issue, but Dan Slott did a fantastic job with the last arc, “Ends Of The Earth”.
Still working on a backlog of requests, so if you have not seen yours yet, it will be along eventually!