If you were planning to buy Before Watchmen, you might think twice once you've heard what Alan Moore has to say ...
You know the story here—namely that Alan Moore has been dying to gain back the rights to his comics industry-defining Watchmen, but DC has loopholed its way into keeping the title seemingly from here until eternity. DC wants to tell more stories, Alan Moore would rather they didn't.
The new wrinkle? If you read Before Watchmen, he doesn't want you to ever read any of his work ever again:
"I have a huge respect for my audience. On the occasions when I meet them, they seem, I like to think, to be intelligent and scrupulous people. If people do want to go out and buy these Watchmen prequels, they would be doing me an enormous favor if they would just stop buying my other books. When I think of my audience, I like to have good thoughts and think about how lucky I am to have one that is as intelligent as mine and as moral as mine."
Considering how many people have come out of the woodwork in support of these new stories, and considering the teams on board, this is a pretty bold declaration, even from Moore. If you think he gives a fig about the people involved in the making of the Watchmen prequels, though, guess again:
"It strikes me that, yes, I can understand why they took on Before Watchmen. It will probably be the only opportunity they get in their careers to actually be attached to a project that anybody outside of comics has ever heard of. So, I can see how that would be a great lure. I don't think I would have done it, though, because to go down in history as the people who did the lame rewrites and prequels to Watchmen—well, that's not for me. But, of course everybody has to make their own choices. So, no, obviously I won't want anything to do with any of the people who are attached to this project at any point in the future, but that isn't a huge loss."
The most interesting bit from this article, though, is that Moore actually hints that he might have allowed for a Watchmen continuation had DC not manipulated him so completely:
"I know a way that they could have sorted out their continuity. I could have gotten rid of all of their problems for them. It would have been really simple. But, like I say, they unfortunately alienated me."
It's kind of hard to argue with Moore here. After all, he's not the first and almost assuredly not the last to be mistreated by the big two.
The big question is, will this deter you from reading Before Watchmen if you'd been planning to read it before?