Partiamo dal presupposto che sappiate che la DC ha pensato bene di mettere in piedi una malsana avventura che porterà alla creazione di una serie di prequel del capolavoro immortale di Moore&Gibbons, Watchmen. Volevamo oggi raccontarvi di qualche reazione a questa idea, ad iniziare dalla, prevedibilissima, sentenza di Alan Moore stesso: "Completely shameless". Se ne volete delle altre (sempre in inglese), le trovate dopo il salto.Dave Gibbons (ovviamente, il disegnatore di Watchmen):
Qualche reazione ai prequel di Watchmendi
<i>The original series of WATCHMEN is the complete story that Alan Moore and I wanted to tell. However, I appreciate DC's reasons for this initiative and the wish of the artists and writers involved to pay tribute to our work. May these new additions have the success they desire</i>
Dan DiDio e Jim Lee (della DC):
<i>It's our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant. After twenty five years, the Watchmen are classic characters whose time has come for new stories to be told. We sought out the best writers and artists in the industry to build on the complex mythology of the original</i>
Brian Azzarello (autore di Before Watchmen: Rorschach):
<i>that we all get in there and we tell the best possible stories we can and we reconnect these characters. It's 25 years later. Let's make them vital again</i>
Darwyn Cooke (autore di Before Watchment: Minutemen e BW: Silk Spectre):
<i>I don't feel any more trepidation than Alan [Moore] did by refitting the Charlton characters. It feels like the right time and the right place and I think I have a strong idea</i>
E infine, Joseph Michael Straczynski (autore di Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan e BW: Nite Owl):
<i>The perception that these characters shouldn't be touched by anyone other than Alan is both absolutely understandable and deeply flawed. As good as these characters are - and they are very good indeed - one could make the argument, based on durability and recognition, that Superman is the greatest comics character ever created. But I don't hear Alan or anyone else suggesting that no one other than Shuster and Siegel should have been allowed to write Superman. Certainly Alan himself did this when he was brought on to write Swamp Thing, a seminal comics character created by Len Wein.
Leaving aside the fact that the Watchmen characters were variations on pre-existing characters created for the Charleton Comics universe, it should be pointed out that Alan has spent most of the last decade writing very good stories about characters created by other writers, including Alice (from Alice in Wonderland), Dorothy (from Wizard of Oz), Wendy (from Peter Pan), as well as Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Jeyll and Hyde, and Professor Moriarty (used in the successful League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). I think one loses a little of the moral high ground to say, "I can write characters created by Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle and Frank Baum, but it's wrong for anyone else to write my characters."
The whole point of having great characters is the opportunity to explore them more deeply with time, re-interpreting them for each new age. That DC allowed these characters to sit on a shelf for over two decades as a show of respect is salutary, but there comes a time when good characters have to re-enter the world to teach us something about ourselves in the present</i>
Siete convinti? Noi, francamente, non troppo.
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