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Six by 6 | Six other series DC could revive, Before Watchmen-style

Despite the considerable critical backlash, DC Comics’ Before Watchmen line of titles has become one of this summer’s top sellers, and the publisher announced at Comic-Con International that it’s revisiting the classic Sandman in a prequel written by Neil Gaiman. With that in mind, I’ve come up with six other wells the company could return to for new projects. I’m not saying they should or shouldn’t, but given recent events this might be where fans, and DC, could look next.

#1 – Preacher: Old Testament: The original five-year Preacher series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon was one of the key titles that established Vertigo, and although it’s been 12 years since the title’s conclusion I wouldn’t count out a return. It could be that, if the long-gestating Preacher movie ever gets on track, it could prompt a second look. Story-wise, it could go into Jesse Custer’s road to becoming the preacher we see in the first issue, or perhaps telling the story of the supernatural hook-up of angel and demon that spawned Genesis.

#2 – Z: The First Man: The final issue of Y: The Last Man was one of the best endings to any comic in some time, but just because there’s a great ending doesn’t mean there can’t be more stories. With Brian K. Vaughn back in the comics game with Saga, imagine if he and Pia Guerra came back together to tell about a miraculous pregnancy post-Yorick and the all-female population of Earth dealing with that.

#3 - Wonder Woman: Year One: Whether it be “Earth One” or “Year One,” DC’s failed in ever giving that treatment to Wonder Woman. And as I’ve mentioned several times before the publisher potentially has the story already written and in its vault. Although I’ve not read the Joss Whedon movie script to the failed Wonder Woman movie, DC’s parent company Warner Bros. does own it. Even if someone else is brought in to adapt it to comics form (Phil Jimenez, perhaps?), imagine the buzz and potentially great story they have there.

#4 – Planetary: Before the Beginning: One of DC’s more recent mainstream successes, Planetary made a big impression on readers despite its lateness. Although it might be unrealistic to expect Warren Ellis and Jon Cassaday to jump on board for more (shades of Watchmen), the contractual situation is probably there for DC to conceivably do more without their participation. I’d hate to get on Ellis’ bad side, but there’s a multitude of story ideas a sequel could harbor on, from the early days of the Four to Elijah Snow pre-amnesia, to more of the always excellent Ambrose Chase.

#5 – Kingdom Gone: DC has already produced sequels to Kingdom Come, but never has it been able to capture the majesty that Mark Waid, Alex Ross and Todd Klein managed in the summer of 1996. Incumbent on getting all the original players on board, a new Kingdom Come series could delve into how things got the way they were in the beginning of the first graphic novel. The retirement of its heroes, the rise of Magog, and maybe more of Wesley Dodds.

#6 – The Dark Knight: During the promotional cycle surrounding the release of The Dark Knight Strikes Again in 2001, Frank Miller and his editors mentioned there were some talks about expanding the series into a set of comics, with Miller even bringing in outside collaborators. The closest thing we ever got to that was All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder, but TDKR still stands as one of the bestselling graphic novels of all time — and Batman’s still arguably the most popular superhero in the world. Imagine Miller enlisting a who’s who of comic talent to go with him and revisit his older Batman and his older Gotham City.



i believe planetary is creator owned by Ellis and Cassaday so other than reprinting the crossovers it had with other wildstorm/dc properties there isn’t anything dc can do without one or both of their permission

If you want it Before Watchmen style, you need to have it done without the original creators attached and without their consent.

Planetary is owned by DC. DC can do whatever it wants with it. Same with Sleeper. I’d like it if they brought that back.

I consider George Perez’s first four issues of Wonder Woman the definitive origin story.

Pre-Transmetropolitan…as long as they wait on Darick to finish what he’s doin.

“All-Star Batman & Robin, the boy wonder” and “Spawn/Batman” are your Dark Knight books. The “Thy Kingdom Come” storyline from “Justice League of America” is your “Kingdom Gone” story. Two down already.

Sorry “Justice Society of America.”


July 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

I’d just want more Planetary issues like the early ones; investigating occurances realted to analouges of Universal Monsters or even Fairy Tale characters.

I also think that Camelot 3000 is ripe for revisiting.

Stitch Tuesday

July 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

DC may do with Planetary whatever they want, but can they pull off the same respectful/ cynical view to pop culture and superheroes with the same level of wit and intelligence that made Planetary so endearing?
Gonna be a tough act.

I’d love a revival of Travis Morgan, Warlord of Skartaris

“#3 – Wonder Woman: Year One: Whether it be “Earth One” or “Year One,” DC’s failed in ever giving that treatment to Wonder Woman.”

I’d love to see more high-profile Wonder Woman projects by top flight creators, but I have to agree with what Gordon said. George Perez’s Wonder Woman run was just as definitive for post-Crisis WW as Year One was for Batman.

You’re a little late.

George Perez’s Wonder Woman revamp in the 80’s is Wonder Woman: Year One. Batman: Year One, All-Star Batman, and (bizarrely) Batman/Spawn are all the backstory to Dark Knight Returns in Frank Miller’s Bat-verse. Finally, plot threads alluding to whatever story being a setup for the Kingdom Come future have been used by DC writers for years, from Loeb’s Our Worlds at War to Johns’ Thy Kingdom Come.

Chris Schillig

July 18, 2012 at 11:39 am

Mike Grell revived Warlord a few years back in a series that lasted around 15 issues. It was fun. I wouldn’t want to see it done by anybody but him, however.


July 18, 2012 at 11:50 am

If you guys think those scant examples are the limit of the strip-mining of these properties that the publishers are capable of, you’re kidding yourselves

Charles H. Bryan

July 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Sugar and Spike: Umbilical Days

If you’re going to do something with DKR, do an IDW Artist’s Edition of the original artwork. I just got the Born Again Artist’s Edition, and it’s soooooo much better than getting a prequel, sequel or whatever to the story. It’s such a different experience reading it over again. Yeah it’s expensive, but it’s completely worth it.

camelot 2020…of course the first 11 issues would be camelot 2019, the last one would be 2020

Please, no. Miller has done enough damage to Batman already.

If Frank Miller comes back to DC to do a new Batman series, it should be called The Goddamn Batman.


July 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Eat glass, lawman

I would love another Y: Last Man arc by Vaughan. That was a great read – and after Saga, we still know hes bringing his A game!

More Wonder Woman by top creators is always welcome!! Simone’s run was a bit too jokey for me (gorilla’s in the apartment) and JMS’ was not to my liking at all. One arc each by Morrison, Snyder and Lemire would be must buys for me. Hughes doing and arc (or even a done in one issue!!) would be amazing! :)

To do it Watchmen style, DC needs to have ownership of the properties and pay creators to produce them with lots of fans purchasing the issues.

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