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LIID Week 77: Watchmen Meets Charlton by johntrumbull LIID Week 77: Watchmen Meets Charlton by johntrumbull
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 :iconlostonwallace: 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.
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AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Will this lead to a showdown with Captain Atom fighting Dr. Manhattan? 8O
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GAC1970 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
It's funny that DC wouldn't let Moore use the Charlton characters because they thought his story "would ruin them."

DC managed to do that on their own with the major storylines that have run the past 20 years!

RIP, Charlton characters -- Blue Beetle/Ted Kord (the Beetle many fans cared about; they still can't get many people -- including Hispanics like me -- to like Jaime Reyes much at all!), the GOOD Question (Vic Sage), Peacemaker, Nightshade, and Captain Atom.

If the editors had allowed Moore to do what he wanted to do originally, at least the characters would have gotten a decent Viking funeral instead of the pitiful bottle rockets that were Armageddon 2000, Countdown to Infinite Crisis, Final Crisis, and 52...

And why oh why did they kill off The Question after he was portrayed so well on the Justice League animated series???
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buckymcnasty Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   General Artist
Ooh, I love alternate universes!
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johntrumbull Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, me too! I'm a sucker for a good parallel universe story.
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Arak-8 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Great pic and artwork,good job. Yeah,and the comedian has a look on his face like...WTF are you guys doing or something like that.

Imagine what Roarshach and the others would say if they saw this happen.LOL.
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johntrumbull Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, glad you like it!
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mpz28427 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
thats cool :)
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johntrumbull Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!
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SeanMcFarland Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's great to haveyou on the regular feature John! You have a wonderful quality to your line work and a great sense of humor as well. Really looking forward to all your future work!
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johntrumbull Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! I look forward to seeing what this brings!
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