Although DC claims that its soon to be released Before Watchmen miniseries are love letters to the classic Alan Moore tale, many are afraid that the series will simply distill or cheapen what's considered to be one of the greatest comic books of all time. This week, DC gave many Before Watchmen detractors the first of what's sure to be many complaints about their controversial series.
DC quietly distributed a promotional one page edition of The New Frontiersman, the conservative newspaper often read by Rorshach in the original Watchmen series. The promotional paper, which is currently being sold on eBay by suave and sophisticated speculators, can be seen below.
Right next to the date of August 2nd, 1977 is a web address leading to www.thenewfrontiersman.net, a tie in website originally designed to promote the Watchmen movie. Those saavy in Internet history will recgonize that this predates the incorporation of top level domain names for the Internet by eight years, which is when the first ".net" address began to appear on the World Wide Web.
This begs the question: does the Internet exist in the Watchmen universe? As the Internet was not used, seen or mentioned by any of the characters in the original Watchmen universe, it can be safely presumed that creator Alan Moore had no intention of bringing the scum and depravity to his perfect Watchmen world. This being the case, it's the opinion of this journalist that DC has once again slapped Alan Moore across the face and made an integral and devestating change to Watchmen.
This is not the first time that a promotional item has been used to attack Alan Moore. The rift between Moore and DC began when DC refused to pay Moore royalties related to several "promotional" pins related to the DC event. Is this "promotional" poster another twist of the knife in Alan Moore's back?
We asked Lord Thaddeus P. Hoppinbottoms, a British citizen and Alan Moore fanatic, on the effects this newspaper has on Watchmen. "The very fact that DC breathed on Watchmen is an insult enough!" he said "But the fact that they added the Internet, which is the worst thing to happen to mankind since slavery, is unacceptable!"
Stay tuned to the Outhouse for more on this developing story. If you haven't had a chance to check out this abomination against Watchmen, be sure to stop by your store or buy it online from one of these saavy online dealers. Remember, demand will only increase for this hot item as outrage grows.
Written or Contributed by: ThanosCopter