If the people who commissioned [Before Watchmen] really wanted to pay tribute to Watchmen,” perhaps they could have tried to reproduce the circumstances of its birth: giving gifted writers and artists the latitude to make something new and fresh in its tone and execution. Instead, they’ve saddled those creators with extending a groundbreaking work into a glossy but lifeless franchise.
— Douglas Wolk reviewing the Before Watchmen stories For the LA Times in a piece called Did ‘Watchmen’ really need a prequel?
BTW I’ll say something I’ve said many times before, if you really want to read something that has the same tone as Watchmen, read Rick Veitch’s Heroica stories: Brat Pack and The Maximortal have all the darkness and social commentary that the BeWa books could only refer to.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.