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DC’s ‘After Watchmen’ site launches with more titles

After Watchmen, What Next?

After Watchmen, What Next?

This morning DC Comics launched the website for its  “After Watchmen, What Next?” initiative designed to lead new readers to other comics.

Although the initial announcement last month mentioned just six DC titles — Identity Crisis #1, Planetary #1, Preacher #1, Saga of the Swamp Thing #1 and Transmetropolitan #1 — the website spotlights some 50 graphic novels and collections divided into categories such as “Books That Redefine Modern Super Heroes,” “More Books By Alan Moore” and “Books That Push The Boundaries of Science Fiction.”

Titles include All-Star Superman, DC: The New Frontier, We3, DMZ, Astro City, The Sandman, Ex Machina, Fables, Batman: Year One, 100 Bullets and Y: The Last Man.

According to Publishers Weekly, the DC program initially will focus on a fewer number of books — about 20. In addition to the website, the initiative will include co-op advertising, email newsletters, online banner advertising, and new groups on Facebook and MySpace.



I’m not as up-in-arms about this as some people are bound to be; quite the opposite, I think it’s a really great way for people who liked Watchmen to take their favorite bits and expand their comics reading from there. But I mean come on… the Heroes supplementary material redefines modern superheroes?

Replace Batman Year 1 with Year 100…make those new readers heads explode proper.

Good to see Fables on here now, total no-brainer…DMZ (my favorite Vertigo ongoing) gives me a whole bunch of geek pride for being on this list too.

I’m pretty sure that, for my brother, “what’s next” is maybe getting the Watchmen DVD, and then continuing to enjoy comic book stories the same way he has been, i.e. in the movie theater.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a fine effort, but I think there are way more people who would like to know what DC has lined up “next” for MOVIES. (Which unfortunately for DC doesn’t seem to be a whole heck of a lot, last I looked.)

No Wildcats vol. 2 or 3.0?

For shame.

Casey did a masterful job of breaking down the superhero concept and rebuilding it as something fresh, original, and post-modern.

Is the “mature readers” category for people whose main attraction to Watchmen was the cursing and nudity, or could no one think of a better way to link Watchmen to Preacher?

it’s a good idea, but the website loads really weird, with all the “recommended material” loading below the cut (meaning you have to scroll down to see it). basically, when you click on one of the five tabs in the middle of the page, it changes the material that you CAN’T see so it looks like the links don’t work!

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