I really, really didn’t want to revisit Watchmen, Before Watchmen, Zack Synder’s The Watchmen or anything like that… But seeing Darwyn Cooke’s take on the Minutemen has changed my mind - if only for the art.
Just look at these Rocketeer covers by Dawryn Cooke. Look at ‘em.
We here at Boss Battle know there’s a lot of hub-bub going around today about the Watchmen prequel comics. THIS is the only thing I’m remotely curious about.
I said no out of hand because I couldn’t think of a story that would measure up to the original - and let’s face it, this material is going to be measured that way - and the other thing is, I frankly didn’t want the attention […] This is going to generate a lot of a particular type of attention that’s really not my bag. But what happened is, months after I said no, the story elements all just came into my head one day; it was so exciting to me that, at that exact moment, I started seriously thinking about doing the book.
“The pioneers gave up their safety, their comfort, and sometimes their lives to build our new west. They were determined to make the new world strong and free - an example to the world. Some would say that those struggles are all over. That all the horizons have been explored. That all the battles have been won. That there is no longer an American frontier. And we stand today on the edge of a new frontier. The frontier of unknown opportunities and perils. Beyond that frontier are uncharted areas of science. Unsolved problems of peace and war. Unconquered pockets of ignorance and prejudice. I’m asking each of you to be pioneers towards that New Frontier. My call is to the young in heart, regardless of age. Can we carry through in an age where we will witness not only new breakthroughs in weapons of destruction, but also a race for mastery of the sky and the rain, the ocean and the tides, the far side of space, and the inside of men’s minds? All mankind waits upon our decision. A whole world waits to see what we shall do. And we cannot fail that trust, and we cannot fail to try.”
(PS: Thanks for the Hal figure, @miguelito)
Sometimes us nerds do this thing where we grow beards for 4 months.