I couldn't sleep last night, it was 2AM and I saw the silliest news report. I figured I must have been hallucinating so I went back to sleep. I woke up and it turned out everything I saw was true. In case you didn't hear, spoilers for the big DC, "Rebirth," comic have leaked all over the internet. I can only ask, "What in the name of reason are you doing, DC?" because dear God this latest project sounds like an awful joke. I can picture the pitching process now...
DC Executive A: "How about as a part of our latest re-launch we use one of our old comics and say it directly relates to the creation of our latest DC-Universe?"
DC Executive B: "You're saying for our supposedly new idea we take something really good from the 1980's or such and incorporate it into the other comics, thereby essentially devaluing a solid piece of work that stood on its own and in the process look like we are making a last-ditch effort for relevancy?"
DC Executive A: "I suppose that's one way to put it. We were thinking of saying that Dr. Manhattan from, 'Watchmen,' is directly responsible for how the DCU came together, using that awful, 'Before Watchmen,' stuff we did and nobody liked as a jumping-off point."
DC Executive B: "So, we're going to use, 'Watchmen,' as some kind of excuse for the creation of the DCU? Isn't that kind of like bad fan-fiction?"
DC Executive A: "Maybe. But I mean, we already have burned our bridges with Alan Moore and harmed the much-loved, 'Watchmen,' brand through our movie, games, 'Before Watchmen,' comics and such, so what's the worst that could happen?"
DC Executive B: "Whatever, I want to go to lunch, let's do it. Oh, and throw in some extra versions of the Joker, bring back the old Wally West, and otherwise just muck everything up because if we're going to make bad fan-fiction, we might as well go balls-out."
...and scene! Honestly, I already expressed some annoyed and angry opinions on, "Rebirth," but now shit is just getting silly. Plus, keeping in mind DC was supposed to have, "Watchmen," be a creator-owned work and screwed-over Alan Moore all those decades ago the whole thing is a bit sickening. If, "Before Watchmen," was also known as, "Fuck Alan Moore," then this is, "Fuck Alan Moore 2: the Re-Fuckening."
This whole thing just reeks of desperation, and leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I plan to read the upcoming, "Rebirth," special and post a review at some point when it comes out because I already ordered it thanks to a great deal (and it would be rude to tell the shop, "Oh wait, never-mind, I don't want it.") That said, these actions by DC do not give me much hope for their future books outside of some great creators (Christopher Priest and Tom King, to name two) who I figure will do awesome stuff regardless of this awful idea.
Time will tell how good or atrocious this could be. I'm not that optimistic though.