Watching the Watchmen? I’d rather watch the future, thanks.

There’s a lot of furore at the moment over the announced Watchmen prequels.

Whichever side of the argument you take, it’s nice to see a comic book provoking a strong debate among both fans and Forbes magazine, who covered the story.

The only real shame is that it’s a debate over a comic book that’s 25 years old.

The final panel in Watchmen ends with the words: “I’ll leave it entirely in your hands.”

It’s as if Moore, have debunked superheroes, has now cleared the way for other stories to be told in the medium.

The image of a fanboy, his hand poised over the journal of Rorschach, faces a choice: dip back into the exploits of a costumed vigilante and potentially allow the world to unravel, or simply move on and pick something else.

When coupled with the re-launch earlier in the year of DC’s 52 titles, the Watchmen gambit does appear like the publisher is trying to recapture what made it special, but understanding only the aesthetics and not the beating heart of what made it thrive in the Eighties.

It was creators of vision who were prepared to move beyond superheroes that gave rise to the Vertigo imprint. Even on the Superhero front you had creators like John Byrne delivering thrilling art and words on Superman.

It’s ironic that a book aimed at moving readers and publishers past the dominance of super heroes, now itself gives rise to more superhero books.

As someone who publishes their own comic book, I take pride in trying to present something new and hopefully unseen in my work.

I’d like to think that to varying degrees I am somewhat successful in this endeavour, but reagardless I’ll always keep trying to do something new first and foremost.

Now if I can think like that, why can’t DC?

I’ll leave the answer entirely in your hands.

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