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Old February 2 2012, 05:16 AM   #166
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L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carrol are a hell of a lot more imaginative and creative as writers than Moore any day of the week. But that didn't stop Moore from turning those writers' stories into sex fantasies. But what do I know?
That's why I mentioned Moore "in his prime". Modern Moore isn't that good either.
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Old February 2 2012, 05:53 AM   #167
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Aaannnd, given how much I enjoyed Rising Stars, Midnight Nation and Supreme Power, I think the JMS ones will be collected also.
I, for one, am definitely looking forward to Dr. Manhattan walking around America.

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Jae Lee on a superhero book? OK, sold...

Who the hell is Len Wein? Actually, I vaguely recalled something to do with Swamp Thing; but I did have to look it up (edit: I could've read Young's post and saved the trouble, I suppose).*

Anyway, the artists are top notch (although I don't like Kubert at all, evidently people do), but the writers are not who I think of when I think of superhero comics' best (everything I've ever read from Azzarello is really just OK, Wein is old and probably a good editor but I know nothing of his writing, JMS is shockingly unpredictable in output, and furthermore couldn't finish a shit, I mean dude has had at least four projects in the last five years not end but just stop--and then there is Darwyn Cooke, whom I like, whose art is fucking bodacious, but whose writing doesn't hit the same high levels, although I feel he's probably the best of the lot, doing the least essential of the lot).

The upshot is, I can't believe Grant Morrison didn't get in on some of this action. The man has spent twenty years pulling on Alan Moore's beard. What happened?

And like I said before, I still think prequels are the wrong way to move with this, if you've gotta move. It's like DiDio read some abridged version of Watchmen that didn't include the whole third of the book that is devoted to flashbacks.

*Yet Ozymandias should probably be the most entertaining and relevant, and not just for Lee's art although it will no doubt be the best-looking Watchmen 2 book; no, I'm saying it has a place, since Veidt's backstory is delivered in Watchmen in a very hamhanded, condensed, and expository fashion to dead people/the audience, because Veidt's status as the mask killer (huh, I just noticed that, it's rather a flaw in the thriller aspect of the book, isn't it?) precluded the more personal flashbacks, the psychological centers of gravity, provided for the other principals.

P.S.: OK, am I the only one who wanted to see Geoff Johns just fuck this shit right up? Oh, God, that would be the greatest comic book of all time.
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Old February 2 2012, 05:58 AM   #168
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I don't have any interest personally in more Watchmen, but reading David's and JMS's deconstructions of both Moore's complaints and general fannish complaints about the project I can't see any real grounds to object to DC doing this.
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Old February 2 2012, 06:03 AM   #169
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L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carrol are a hell of a lot more imaginative and creative as writers than Moore any day of the week. But that didn't stop Moore from turning those writers' stories into sex fantasies. But what do I know?
That's why I mentioned Moore "in his prime". Modern Moore isn't that good either.
Hold it, cowboy. Promethea wrapped up in 2005. What do you want from him, a seventh masterpiece and sixth reinvention of the superhero comic already?
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Old February 2 2012, 06:04 AM   #170
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L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carrol are a hell of a lot more imaginative and creative as writers than Moore any day of the week. But that didn't stop Moore from turning those writers' stories into sex fantasies. But what do I know?
That's why I mentioned Moore "in his prime". Modern Moore isn't that good either.
Hold it, cowboy. Promethea wrapped up in 2005. What do you want from him, a fifth masterpiece already?
You don't?
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Old February 2 2012, 06:22 AM   #171
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I don't have any interest personally in more Watchmen, but reading David's and JMS's deconstructions of both Moore's complaints and general fannish complaints about the project I can't see any real grounds to object to DC doing this.
Well you've never been much of a fan of fans bitching about their fandoms.

I still think "retreading well-covered ground" is a pretty good objection. I'll withhold final judgment, of course, I'm just saying a true sequel would be so much more useful (and ironically, it'd probably make people bitch louder).

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That's why I mentioned Moore "in his prime". Modern Moore isn't that good either.
Hold it, cowboy. Promethea wrapped up in 2005. What do you want from him, a fifth masterpiece already?
You don't?
Well, yeah. The point is, Promethea was only seven years ago; unless he's physically unwell, I don't think he's quite lost his game yet. Neonomicon notwithstanding (though in disclosure, I didn't read it, it sounded pointless and gross and it was drawn by Jacen Burrows, yuck).

Edit: and yeah, I miscounted masterpieces. -_-
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Old February 2 2012, 06:26 AM   #172
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L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carrol are a hell of a lot more imaginative and creative as writers than Moore any day of the week. But that didn't stop Moore from turning those writers' stories into sex fantasies. But what do I know?
That's why I mentioned Moore "in his prime". Modern Moore isn't that good either.
My first sentence was a response to Moore "in his prime". My second sentence was in reference to Moore taking other's work and doing...something with it.

I suppose my comments were arguing two different points. My bad.

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That's why I mentioned Moore "in his prime". Modern Moore isn't that good either.
Hold it, cowboy. Promethea wrapped up in 2005. What do you want from him, a fifth masterpiece already?
You don't?
For reals. It can't be that hard.


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Old February 2 2012, 06:28 AM   #173
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At least this is ignoring the Last Stand...or is it?
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Old February 2 2012, 06:29 AM   #174
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I can't see why it would.
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Old February 2 2012, 06:31 AM   #175
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Well, yeah. The point is, Promethea was only seven years ago; unless he's physically unwell, I don't think he's quite lost his game yet. Neonomicon notwithstanding (though in disclosure, I didn't read it, it sounded pointless and gross and it was drawn by Jacen Burrows, yuck).

Edit: and yeah, I miscounted masterpieces. -_-
I feel like I read in an interview (yeah, I know, no link...) that he was growing less interested in writing comics and turning more of his attention to prose and stage performance...
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Old February 2 2012, 06:45 AM   #176
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He has time to revolutionize another medium!
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Old February 2 2012, 11:57 AM   #177
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Besides, it's not as if it's an either/or situation. It's not like these guys have one story left in them. I'm sure they'll create other stuff at some point.
The point is, it's not about the creators. Creators create, that's what they do. However, they are also going to create what those who pay the bills ask them to create.

All of these are talented people--DC chose well--but they could've also been asked to create NEW ideas. But they weren't. They were asked to take a comic book that's 25 years old and make some new stuff from it. And I believe they will do the best job they can.

However, what if they turned to Brian Azzarello and said, "Hey man, skies the limit, what do you want to do?" (Which, I'm assuming happened with Spaceman.) What if DC gave as much push and PR to something new?

Obviously, that would be a huge business risk, something a corporation wouldn't do. But that's the sentiment behind the "why don't they do something new?"


And the concepts weren't the problem with ENT & VOY, it was the execution that made them same old same old.
Execution is true of ANYTHING new OR old. But, what if Paramount had spent the money on some NEW sci-fi franchise, without the creative shackles of 700 hours of canon (which fanboys won't let you violate) and expectation (which you can't let ANYONE done.). What about NEW creative ideas?

That's the sentiment being expressed. It's a very safe thing to go back to an established intellectual property. (Which, again, is why a corporation is going to do it.)
Fair enough, I just think a good story is a good story whether it uses new characters or old. And I don't believe that having characters with history means you're shackled, I think it's something which can work to your advantage.

I suppose the expectation is the biggest thing these guys will have to deal with, because it's so controversial there will be many people ready to rip the project apart if they see anything wrong with it.
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If they sell as well as DC would hope, I wouldn't be surprised to see DiDio and company find a way to start doing DCU/Watchmen universe crossover stories...most likely as a companywide crossover event (Infinite Watchmen, anyone?)
Supposedly, the Watchmen Earth was going to be one of the 52 Earths post-Infinite Crisis and the Challengers of the Multiverse were going to visit there in a Countdown: Search for Ray Palmer special.

As it is, there was a Watchmenesque world in the 52 Earths; we saw that world's Dr. Manhattan-like Captain Atom in Final Crisis.

For myself, if I had been in the meetings where the New 52 was planned, I would have argued for integrating the Minutemen into the Golden Age, as contemporaries of the Justice Society and the Freedom Fighters. If you're building a universe from the ground up, with all these pieces to play with, you can do things like that. But as we know now, there doesn't seem to have been a Golden Age in the DCnU.
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Old February 2 2012, 02:37 PM   #179
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Like others I have to laugh at Moore and his fans getting all up in arms about DC using the Watchmen characters. Afer all his four most famous "creations" are
  1. A revamp of Marvel Man, which in it's self was a revamp of Captain Marvel
  2. Watchmen, a revamp of the Charlton characters
  3. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which mined the classics for its character.
  4. A total revamp of Swamp Thing that told us everything you know is wrong.
I'd say V for Vendetta is more famous now than...most of those. Thanks to the movie and protestors wearing those stupid masks.
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I don't have any interest personally in more Watchmen, but reading David's and JMS's deconstructions of both Moore's complaints and general fannish complaints about the project I can't see any real grounds to object to DC doing this.
Well you've never been much of a fan of fans bitching about their fandoms.
This is true. I've been a big enough fan of Watchmen and of some of Moore's other comics writing (Supreme is one of my favorite superhero things, ever), though, that I think my (perhaps unaccustomed) reflex in this case has always been to support his authorial possessiveness.
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