It's All About Could Of, Not About Should Of.

Once again quoting Patton Oswalt, “I don”t care about where the things I love come from! You like Angelina Jolie, then here”s a picture of Jon Voight”s balls.” Of course this has to do with money and DC trying to capitalize on the Watchmen brand, which a few years after the movie release is probably fading away a bit again. In a series of mini-series of each character the Watchmen will be back this summer TBD. The second worst thing about this is that Alan Moore is not attached at all due to continuing personal issues with DC. The very worst part about this however, is that I know I”m going to read them. Here”s the details on the mini-series that will be released. (Thanks to Trevor Reese for the tip!)

Rorschach (four issues) The vicious urban vigilante with an ink blot mask. Written by Eisner Award winner Brian Azzarello of 100 Bullets fame, with art by Lee Bermejo.

The Comedian (six issues) Jackass jokester turned amoral super-soldier. Written by Azzarello, art by J.G. Jones.

Dr. Manhattan (four issues) Blue and nude atomic-power superman, profoundly detached from humanity. Written by J. Michael Straczynski, a superstar comics scribe equally known for his TV and film work (Babylon 5, Clint Eastwood’s 2009 film Changeling), with art by Adam Hughes.

Nite Owl (four issues) Maybe the most relatable of the Watchmen, a second-generation hero with high tech weaponry. Written by Straczynski, art by Andy Kubert and his father, the legendary Joe Kubert.

Ozymandias (six issues) Super-smart, mega-wealthy, scary-ambitious. Written by another living legend (and original Watchmen editor) Len Wein, art by Jae Lee.

The Minutemen (six issues) The founding fathers of Watchmen’s superhero universe. Written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke, whose recent work includes acclaimed comic adaptations Donald E. Westlake’s Parker crime novels.

Silk Spectre (four issues) The daughter of a pioneering female superhero, raised to be her mother’s replacement. Written by Cooke, art by Conner.

Wein will also write a two-page back-up story that will run in each issue of each series called “Curse of the Crimson Corsair” with art by Watchmen’s colorist, John Higgins. Once each series has completed its run, DC will wrap up the initiative with a single issue entitled Before Watchmen: Epilogue, featuring contributions of several different writers and artists. The first issue of the first mini-series will drop this summer, title and date TBD. From there, new issues will roll out each week. In a joint statement, DC Entertainment co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee say the reason why the company is launching Before Watchmen now is because “it’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant. … After twenty five years, the Watchmen are classic characters whose time has come for new stories to be told.” (Note: The Watchmen trade paperback remains one of the industry’s best-selling “graphic novels” despite the lack of new material since the comic’s original publication, and was so even before director Zack Snyder’s epic movie adaptation in 2009.)

In an exclusive interview with EW, Darwyn Cooke – whose own highly regarded superhero work includes The New Frontier — explained his vision for Silk Spectre: “One of the first things I did was go back through the original book and look at all the female characters and their position in the story and the arcs they had. What I realized is that as much as I really like Laurie, she’s really only just Dr. Manhattan’s girlfriend and then Nite Owl‘s girlfriend. We never get to see her being self-sufficient and dealing with herself and dealing with her own problems. She’s there for a man. I came up with the idea of looking at the brief period of time when she becomes an adult.” And so the series will take place in the mid-sixties, and track Laurie’s maturation and heroic evolution in the year prior to joining a team of superheroes known as The Crimebusters. Cooke says the book will also focus on how Laurie’s superhero stage mom, the original Silk Spectre, influenced her daughter’s life. “Sally’s very interested in the legacy that can be created form the Silk Spectre brand,” says Cooke. “There’s a little bit of that Toddlers and Tiaras thing going on.” He adds that collaborating with Conner was essential: “The only way I could do this is if Amanda drew it. I desperately wanted this to not feel like a guy who is pushing fifty writing a teenage girl.”

- Via EW