Both BEFORE WATCHMEN and SUPERMAN EARTH ONE comics have received mixed receptions. There are those that love and them and others that aren't too crazy about them. J. Michael Straczynski has been involved with both at DC Comics. In an interview with PreviewsWorld.com, he reveals a little information on the future for both.
When Straczynski was asked if he had other plans for more BEFORE WATCHMEN titles, this was his response:
Insofar as I know, this is it for the Before Watchmen books. Dan [DiDio] had a very specific vision of the cycle he wanted to investigate, and never once mentioned anything about this turning into some kind of long-term franchise. Not to say that might not happen someday, but I don't think it's on his or DC's radar at this juncture, and if it's not on theirs it's sure as heck not on mine.
Sounds like that might be the right choice. While we've had some good stories come under the BEFORE WATCHMEN line, there seems to be only so much that could or should be done. Obviously there are many that feel they shouldn't have been done in the first place. If this is the case, if DiDio had a plan for what he wanted produced, it's good to see that they know what the market wants or needs. Obviously more series could be made but it may be best to let the existing issues sink in before taking on more.== TEASER ==
What about SUPERMAN EARTH ONE? Volume 2 has recently been released. If you read it (or checked out our spotlight on it), you know it ends with room for more stories to be told. On the topic of a third volume, Straczynski said the following:
I'm writing Volume 3 of Superman: Earth One, which is going to tie together elements from the first two books and answer the key question from Volume 1: who was that guy who ordered a hit on Krypton?
Good news for EARTH ONE fans. No indication of when he'll finish writing it and when it'll be released. We'll have to wait and see whether or not DC is finished with BEFORE WATCHMEN or if they'll plan to revisit the characters in the future.
Head over to PreviewsWorld to check out the complete interview with JMS.
Thanks to Cavemold for the heads up.