I have a question for y'all...
I suppose by now you've been made aware of the hotly rumoured rumblings of expansion to the Watchmen universe (sequels/prequels) at DC, as reported this week by Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston.
I'm sure we all can agree how horrible an idea this is, and yet, there's not a doubt in anyone's mind that any continuation of stories within the Watchmen universe would be highly successful, if not in spirit at least in sales. Even the naysayers would be curious which would no doubt rack up large numbers for DC. Given the boffo business the Watchmen trade paperback did last year surrounding the buzz prior to the film's release, I'm sure there would be quite a lot of "outside" interest in further Watchmen materials. People who have little to no concept of how sacred, pristine and pure (a little hyperbolic maybe?) the Watchmen has remained over the years would be more inclined to pick up a Watchmen sequel than the latest Spider-Man, Iron Man, or Batman trade.
But yeah, it's a bad idea, and the initial thought is who in the comic industry would be foolhardy enough to take on writing or art chores on such blasphemy? I mean career suicide or what? And yet, I'm sure there are countless individuals looking to make a name for themselves (or super-size their name) that would jump at the opportunity to work on what would be one of the highest-profile comic books ever. And what's more, I'm sure they would benefit from such exposure, even if the results were poor.
And then there would be the egos, the talent that think they're the only ones who can do the work justice and give that timeless excuse to bastardizing someone else's work: "If they're going to do it anyway, it might as well be me", or, to quote Frank Miller on doing "The Spirit", "nobody else gets to touch it".
Speculation is that a Dave Gibbons written/drawn expansion would be acceptable, and in a skewed way, I guess it's really the only acceptable solution outside of the never-gonna-happen Moore/Gibbons reunion. Personally, though I've found most of Gibbons' written work to be average at best, certainly not up to Moore's caliber.
Others have speculated that the industries' highest stature (and also British) writers could possibly give it a run, such as Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis or even Neil Gaiman (who previously followed up Moore on Miracleman), though I doubt any of them would even dare, less they fell into the trench head of "I don't trust anyone else to do it right".
We shouldn't even be talking about this. Yet we are. So let's talk.
That question I wanted to ask...
Aside from the obvious reply of "no one", who would you trust to do something with the Watchmen?