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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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Trevor0512 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You really captured the old charlton universe feel in the way you drew this.
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks a lot!
AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Will this lead to a showdown with Captain Atom fighting Dr. Manhattan? 8O
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???
Conlannalnoc Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
Although, I respect you opinion I believe that you have never read the original 52. 52 focused on everything that followed the death of Ted Kord and countless other events that occurred in that Crisis. 52 was received critical acclaim and was one of the best written series. One issue came out every week and the quality never dropped for all fifty two issues that covered the missing year.

Ted Kord's death was one of the best stories that I read at the time and it completely brought back all of Ted's badassness that had been disappearing over the years. Jamie Ryes entire series was great, it was especially respectful of Ted Kord's legacy, in addition to the entire Blue Beetle legacy. Jamie Reyes lives his super-hero life by the phrase "What Would Ted Kord Do?" Booster Gold's series following the death of Ted Kord was one of the best written series of the time the original 52, B00ster Gold (00 being the Infinity symbol) and focused on Booster having to deal with the death of his friend and become a serious hero. Victor Sage was a great Question, but the storyline of him setting up Renee Montoya to become the next Question was also great (original 52 also). Peacemaker was a major player in Jamie Reyes run as the Blue Beetle, even if they do not cover his past very much.

Nightshade was a major member of the team "Shadowpact" a great series of magic users. Mostly they were minor characters (Blue Devil was the most famous).

As for Captain Atom, I never read his solo series, but he was well written in the Superman/Batman: Public Enemies storyline and he was the main character in Captain Atom: Armageddon. After the end of Public Enemies he was thrown into the Wildstorm comics universe and given a major power boost. That is all I am willing to say, because I highly recommend the story to all Captain Atom fans. It is the last time DC treated his character right, before the New 52 occurred. I do not know how he is written in the New 52.
buckymcnasty Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   General Artist
Ooh, I love alternate universes!
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, me too! I'm a sucker for a good parallel universe story.
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.
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, glad you like it!
mpz28 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
thats cool :)
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!
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!
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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