It's been almost three months since DC Comics released the first issues of its hefty set of Watchmen prequel books, Before Watchmen, and the comics are still generating both controversy and sales. But despite the big reaction, it seems seven prequel series weren't enough for DC, because they just added one more.
At the company panel at Fan Expo in Toronto over the weekend, DC announced plans to publish Before Watchmen: Moloch, a two-issue limited series written by J. Michael Straczynski (who's also writing the Before Watchmen series covering Nite Owl and Dr. Manhattan) and drawn by Eduardo Risso (who's best known for his work on 100 Bullets and Spaceman for DC's Vertigo imprint) that will cover the earlier, villainous days of the former supervillain first introduced to us in Watchmen.
Moloch joins a Before Watchmen lineup that already includes titles featuring Minutemen, Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Rorschach, Ozymandias and the Comedian, bringing the total number of series to eight plus a one-issue epilogue. It's only two issues, but will it be the end of the Before Watchmen add-ons? Back in March, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio didn't rule out the possibility of revisiting the concept if the initial issues were successful, and it seems like that's what's happening here. Unless, of course, DC always planned to sneak Moloch in at the end, in which case we have to wonder if they've got other series waiting in the wings.
The first issue of Before Watchmen: Moloch arrives in comic stores Nov. 7, followed by the second issue on Dec. 26.
(Via DC Comics blog)