Another bit of blasphemy and bliss, all rolled into one, it is the Before Watchmen series and, if DC has their way, it may just go on forever. The latest news concerns the addition of one more two-issue mini-series to the run. Being as how all the major characters have been covered, who could they possibly be focusing on now? Turns out that the not-so-major character of Moloch will be the new title’s subject.
Moloch played a small but important role in the original Watchmen series and has been making brief appearances in the new comics as well. Still, one has to wonder at what could be so compelling about the character that DC has decided they want to tack him on to the new releases.
J. Michael Straczynski is set to write the new story with Eduardo Risso in charge of the art. The fact that Straczynski is in charge and that it was his inspiration that brought about the story’s concept in the first place gives me some degree of hope, but I have begun to grow fearful of what this may portend.
I’ve been a supporter of the addition of new Watchmen material, but personally it feels like they’re digging a little bit deep here. DC has already stated that they’ll keep producing more Before Watchmen as long as people keep buying them. It has all the signs of a money-munching franchise in the making. This leads me to worry that DC will just tack it into their existing lines and keep going with the thing until the apocalypse comes, milking if for all it’s worth and slowly draining away the continuity and purpose of Alan Moore’s original creation.
The two issues of Before Watchmen: Moloch will be hitting stands on November 7th and December 26th. They will (hopefully) be followed by the single-issue epilogue that sounds the end of the Watchmen revisit, stopping it before it gets too out of hand.
When celebrities speak, people listen. That’s a mostly ridiculous thing — particularly when they stray and try to speak on matters of actual importance (Shalom Dave Mustaine, you crazy motherfucker) — but it’s a part of the benefit of being beloved, trusted, and worshiped. The trouble is, too many of us fail to keep one eye open and one hand on our wallets when we bow down at the altar and sometimes we get swindled because of it.
Today news broke that Bruce Campbell — “Ash” from the original Evil Dead (and Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness) — had told Digital Spy that he had seen Fede Alvarez’ reboot while in post production and that it was “fabulous”.
Naturally, numerous sites like ours ran with the story and proclaimed that Campbell was endorsing the new Evil Dead. Some noted that Campbell was a producer on the film that he was “endorsing” or wondered if Campbell was merely making the “obligatory promotional speech” and others, sadly, did not and in doing so they ignored a key piece of information.
Now, this is not to say that because Campbell has a vested interest in making this film a successful reality that his words carry no weight of truthiness. This could be the honest summation of things seen by a man whose word is un-impeachable — but it could also be thought of as a compensated endorsement, an un-labeled advertorial, or all of the above. Whatever it is though, it most surely is Campbell’s job and it is a job that most people realize he’s doing when he’s doing it. The thing that bothers me isn’t a celebrity doing his job, it’s us not doing ours.
See every day press releases and “leads” come in and then thousands of other sites feast on the trough. What comes out the other end is what you and I read on a daily basis. Some of it is awesome, a lot of it is shit that sacrifices the truth and details for snark and shiny over-valued brevity, and some of it is reported on to gain favor or earn a pat on the head. Everyone has done this and I mean everyone including me and this site, though I sleep at night knowing that I personally do it infrequently and I’m trying real hard to quit just cause if “pimpin aint easy”, you can’t imagine how burdensome ho’in is.
This is the game though — kiss a little ass then (hopefully) kick a little ass — but when people lay down and don’t so much bury the lead, but bury the thing that reveals the lead to be bullshit in an effort to earn favor or appease their need to do little more than cut and paste, well it is a bit stomach churning when you consider the reason why you’re reading and why we’re supposed to be writing.
That reason — as far as I can tell — is to get informed and to inform, and that means every little annoying tidbit should be considered and sometimes you should bite the hand. So when Campbell lowers that jaw and does the cheerleader thing, or when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman praises Michael Bay‘s coming assault on the origin bread and butter of his co-creation (a project that Eastman will be a consultant on) — call it as you see it internet and be as good at your job as these people are at theirs because smart people can tell what’s up and dumb people are just being made dumber by frothy bullshit.
One last thing: While I don’t have any ill regard for Campbell talking up this project, and while I understand both his stated reasons for supporting this picture and those left un-stated (being awesome doesn’t pay many bills on their own) I also have to applaud heartily people who can and do resist that urge.
There aren’t a lot of people in this world who would say no to $2 million dollars but Alan Moore did when DC wanted his seal of approval for Before Watchmen, something that was going to come out regardless of whether he took the money or told DC to fuck off.
Amazingly, Moore (maybe) figuratively told DC to do just that and in doing so he solidified himself as a man without an agenda, a man with unquestioned scruples, and a brilliantly rare idiot. In his own words from the interview on Leftlion:
“You can’t buy that kind of empowerment. To just know that as far as you are aware, you have not got a price; that there is not an amount of money large enough to make you compromise even a tiny bit of principle that, as it turned out, would make no practical difference anyway.”
I don’t expect others to be able to do what Moore did, both in terms of their wealth or standards, but that doesn’t mean his action isn’t superior to the fields and fields of people who have said yes to similar things and been nothing more than typical.
As for the new Evil Dead: wait for it to come out, see it, and then make up your mind about the authenticity of Bruce Campbell’s endorsement then — I know I will.
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer and not NerdBastards.com.
Welcome to another edition of Ask the Bastards, the weekly feature where you the readers get to grill us, the Nerd Bastards staff, on any nerdy topic you want. This week we discuss our own inherent nerdiness, Sarah shares some memories of Dragon*Con, we talk about Imperial Walkers and finally get around to the touchy, touchy subject of Before Watchmen.
It’s no news that Alan Moore is far from the biggest supporter when it comes to the new Before Watchmen prequel comics. In fact, I’d guess that if he could get away with firebombing the DC offices in protest, he just might. The latest sign of his eternal dedication to the purity of his work comes from an interview in which Moore talks about turning down a giant pile of money, $2 million in fact, offered to him by DC to get on board with the books.
In the interview with Left Lion, Moore had this to say:
Well, they asked me if they could give me a huge amount of money to bring out these Watchmen prequel comics – which they were going to do anyway – and that was probably a couple of million dollars. I should imagine with all of the films it would be another few million? In a way it’s really empowering to do that.
You can’t buy that kind of empowerment. To just know that as far as you are aware, you have not got a price; that there is not an amount of money large enough to make you compromise even a tiny bit of principle that, as it turned out, would make no practical difference anyway. I’d advise everyone to do it, otherwise you’re going to end up mastered by money and that’s not a thing you want ruling your life. Money’s fine if it enables you to enjoy your life and to be useful to other people. But as something that is a means to an end, no, it’s useless.
Considering that they were already going to make them and that $2 million is a bit of cash to just toss aside, I may be inclined to think him a true nutter. Personally, I’m a fan of the new books and happy to see a revisit to Moore’s world. It would have been even better if Moore himself could have been involved in the process.
So what do the gentle Nerdreaders think? Take the money and run or stand fast and tall in the belief that no one is allowed to touch something as sacred as Watchmen?
“Hello. My name is Alan Moore. You stole my copyrights. Prepare to die.”
If you know Alan Moore, you know of his infamous and boundless rage when it comes to all things having to do with adapting, adopting or expanding upon his works. With his Watchmen series, he gets to express his anger in stereo, hating on both the 2009 movie and the prequels being currently released under the Before Watchmen title. It’s quite understandable, this rage, since DC basically screwed him out of his copyrights on many occasions. But how far would Moore go in order to gain back his control over those rights?
Some Moore-loyalist fans have put together a little pseudo-documentary on what they feel would have been Moore’s right course of action. While it may not be entirely accurate with regards to historical events, it’s worth a laugh, especially for those who side with Moore in these matters.
Have a look:
This is only the first part in what is supposed to be a larger series. Stay tuned for more updates on the Alan Moore killing spree to come.
DC has been releasing these weekly previews to get us amped and excited and more likely to go pick up the first issue of their Before Watchmen series. Has it been working on you? I’ve so far bought both Minuteman and Silk Spectre, but those were the two titles I was already interested in. Has the preview of Comedian by Brian Azzarello and J.G. Jones swayed me to add it to my pull?
Well, I am intrigued by the Kennedy connections and the implication the Comedian might have played a part in the famous Marilyn Monroe’s tragic demise. Especially when I think about years later, in Watchmen, it’s implied the Comedian took out J.F.K. Maybe him offing Kennedy’s girlfriend caused a row? Who knows! But I guess I’ll have to read this one too if I want to find out.
Last week we shared a preview of Darwyn Cooke‘s Minutemen, the first series released in the Before Watchmen line. The artwork looked great but it wasn’t until I read the book did I realize how good that prequel story is going to be. Honestly, the first issue of Minutemen is worth it for The Silhouette’s short vignette alone. It’s so good I have to wonder why isn’t she getting her own comic?
For the next series released in Before Watchmen it’s Cooke’s turn to shine again, but not with his artwork. Cooke’s behind the story of Silk Spectre #1, dropping tomorrow, and it features the stunning artwork of Amanda Connor. Probably best known for drawing a Power Girl who was both busty and badass, Connor is a great choice to re-imagine the Silk Spectre. Just like Cooke’s retro, pulp style suits the Minutemen, Connor completely understands how to portray Silk Spectre as sexy but not overtly. (Consider it the antithesis to that recent Catwoman cover.)
Check out the five page preview below and let us know what you thought of Minutemen #1 and if you’re planning to snag Silk Spectre #1, too!
There’s been a lot, and I mean a lot, of buzz around the Before Watchmen comics. Some of it good, some of it inflamatory, but no matter your opinion on the Watchmen prequels, they’re here.
Releasing tomorrow is the first issue of Darwyn Cooke‘s Minutemen, an almost prequel-prequel as it explores the history of the Watchmen’s precursors. USA Today has kindly offered an exclusive five-page preview,
Not surprising, the artwork looks amazing! Did you expect any less from Cooke? His style is a perfect match to explore the history of the 40s era heroes. Also love the nice visual illusion to Dr. Manhattan.
Of all the Before Watchmen titles, this is the one I’m most excited for. Who doesn’t love retro heroes? And of all the Watchmen characters, the Minuteman make the most sense to get their own miniseries. USA Today also includes a short interview with Cooke which is a great read into how he approached Minutemen.
What did you think of the preview? Will you be picking up Minutemen, or any of the Before Watchmen titles?
The announcement of DC‘s upcoming Before Watchmen series, exploring the origins of the characters from Alan Moore and David Gibbons famous collaboration, is poised to be a controversial one. The series has already sparked more than a few debates about idea ownership and corporate greed versus artistic integrity. Honestly, all the fuss will likely only help Before Watchmen as I’m sure the more people who hear of it will want to check things out when the series begins this summer. Unless, everyone takes out their anger through pirating. But that’s not really fair either, especially when you see some of the beautiful artwork awaiting us.
Below is a gallery of 21 photos captured by Buzzfeed when they had a chance to visit DC Comics’ headquarters. Featured are, “images from nearly all of the six new Before Watchmen titles (with the exception of Brian Azzarello and J.G. Jones’ Comedian miniseries), and includes both black-and-white comics pages and full-color character design sheets.” The largest sample comes from Darwyn Cooke‘s Minuteman series, and even acknowledging everything I know to be fundamentaly wrong about Before Watchmen, I am craving that book.
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ABOVE: Community star Yvette Nicole Brown with Captain America Shield. No further commentary needed [Agent M.]