My first piece as a regular member of The Line It Is Drawn on Comics Should Be Good! The theme for Week 77: "Come up with a concept for AFTER Watchmen! Come up with your best (or worst) plot ideas of stuff that could have happened after Watchmen #12. Kid Rorschach? Dr. Manhattan Force? Do your best (or worst)!"
DC Comics recently announced that, after 25 years, they would be doing prequel comics to the classic series Watchmen by creators other than Watchmen authors Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons. Some folks have been rather enraged & offended by this, others excited, and others indifferent. My reactions have ping-ponged across all three (Right now, the only one I think I might be picking up is Darwyn Cooke's Minutemen mini, although I'll probably at least flip through some the others out of perverse curiosity).
The Watchmen characters were initially created by Moore & Gibbons after DC Comics told them they'd rather not use the Charlton Comics characters recently acquired by the company. So Captain Atom became Doctor Manhattan, the Blue Beetle became Nite Owl, etc. And Watchmen began to transform into something very different & more radical from what it was originally conceived as.
I was at a loss as to what to do for this piece, as I JUST did a Watchmen mashup piece a month ago, and anything I thought of just seemed like a rehash of the same basic idea of contrasting Watchmen with the innocence of other comic features. Fortunately, 10 minutes of brainstorming with my buddy Loston
gave me an idea that was too funny NOT to do!
The thing I find the funniest here is that the death of the Comedian is what set the entire plot of Watchmen in motion. By saving his life, Captain Atom & the Beetle are creating a VERY different Watchmen universe.