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“Watchmen” gets Moore-less prequels.


If you saw the 2009 Zack Snyder adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel “Watchmen”, you could be forgiven for wondering what the fuss was about.

Whilst entirely reverent and handsomely constructed, the essential flaw bedevilling the film was its insistence on treating the Moore/Gibbons book as a sacred text.  Faithful, yes but hardly allowing the film to say anything beyond what Moore did in his original comics scripts – and by the time that it came out, we had seen nearly two decades worth of films, TV and comics influenced by “Watchmen”, so the movie adaptation became a best intentioned, earnest ‘Me, too’ effort.

If we didn’t really need an adaptation of “Watchmen”, do we need DC’s newly confirmed sequence of prequel comics?

There’s an array of talent involved – I’m intrigued by the prospect of Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner’s take on the Silk Spectre – but it’s impossible not to feel that this can’t ever be more than a diverting curio rather than a work which can be as ground-breaking as “Watchmen” was, particularly as the various writing and art teams are putting together mini-series based around the core characters rather than presenting an equivalently sized, novelistic piece as Gibbons and Moore did.

I’m pretty sure that anybody with an interest in comics will feel compelled to take a look at the “Watchmen” prequels but I’m wondering if there’s any point in revisiting the universe without Moore being involved and Gibbons drawing it – and as Alan Moore is more likely to front a Simon Cowell-created boy band than ever work for DC Comics again, there’s no chance of that happening.

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This just in – Alan Moore not a fan of Frank Miller’s politics.

...knows the score.

Stunning scenes – Alan Moore doesn’t really like Frank Miller’s work and suspects that his personal politics are a bit, well, suspect.

In other news, Ken Loach probably really doesn’t care for Michael Bay’s oeuvre.

More seriously, is anybody really surprised by this?  Miller’s message ends at “Might is Right”, noir tropes and lone big men with bigger guns clearing up the streets as violently as possible – it’s not as though he has much in common with the Midlands’ most pre-eminent warlock and weird-beard genius.

Sweet hat, crap politics.

I have yet to forgive Miller for his singularly crass and incoherent take on “The Spirit” and I suspect few reading this will have much time for him either.  He is the personification of the old curmudgeon standing on his lawn and yelling at kids to go away and should probably be taken as such – a relatively harmless and irrelevant old duffer whose schtick is tired and increasingly laughable.

As much as I read The Guardian daily, when it comes to nerd pop culture stuff like this, they’re never slow to find the most obvious angle and pursue it ad nauseam.

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