Following the recent announcement of a brand new comic book starring Watchmen’s Rorschach, this will be the third DC project featuring the Watchmen universe in the last couple of years.
Before 2017, Alan Moore’s original Watchmen was largely left to its own devices. The book – regarded as one of the greatest graphic novels of all time – was released in 1986 and had remained a separate entity to the rest of the DC universe until Doomsday Clock saw the two worlds collide in 2017.
Following Doomsday Clock, DC have gone back to the Watchmen universe a number of times and are beginning to use them more and more. Doomsday Clock saw Doctor Manhattan and Superman collide, we got a brand new TV series set after the events of the original Watchmen story and we even saw Wally West take over the Doctor Manhattan mantle. Now we’re going to get a new series set 35 years after Alan Moore’s graphic novel and will feature 12 issues, written by Tom King.
While I’ve enjoyed each of these new Watchmen ventures, especially the Before Watchmen series we got back in 2012, DC risk potentially overexposing the Watchmen universe and destroying the aura surrounding it.
Moore’s book was supposed to be a standalone series and benefited from it’s place in history, but the decision to continuously return to the universe all these years later and push these once legendary characters to the forefront of a number of DC projects has started to make figures such as Doctor Manhattan, Ozymandias and Rorschach feel like regular heroes and not like the unique and mysterious figures they once were.
Yeah I’ll be sure to check out Tom King’s new series and have faith he’ll do an excellent job, it will continue to ruin the significant aura Moore built with the original graphic novel.