Comicbook Watchmen Discussion

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08:47:40 PM Aug 21st 2017
edited by JulianLapostat
Now that Doomsday Clock is a thing...I was thinking we should officially make it clear, or rather make a pre-emptive strike to ensure that the DC Continuity and DC Rebirth version of Watchmen gets its own separate character page and so on.

Because Watchmen has been a standalone work for three decades. The so-called prequels were declared non-canon by Dave Gibbons (and of course by Moore).

I feel we should emblazon notes on the page and of the " % % " nature in the Edit Box to make sure that people continue to treat Watchmen as a standalone work on tvtropes. The justification is that it was a standalone work for some thirty real-world years, was treated and declared as such by both co-creators and unlike other graphic-novels is a cultural milestone and classic.
10:15:40 PM Mar 2nd 2014
I notice quite a few references to Before Watchmen on the main Watchmen page. Both Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons insist that Watchmen alone is canon and there was a gap of twenty years where you had no expansion. Without getting into Flame Bait, I would argue that references to Watchmen on this page should refer to the book alone and not Before Watchmen for which there is a separate page.
11:59:19 AM Mar 17th 2016
I have to agree. Regardless of what your opinion on Before Watchmen is, Moore and Gibbons created watchmen as a self-contained twelve issue series without any possible sequel/prequel in mind.Though as long as each mention of something in Before Watchmen adds a note that it is less than canon, it shouldn't be to big a problem.

02:04:45 PM Mar 17th 2016
A note that material from Before Watchmen is not canon to Watchmen would be helpful, but only half a solution. There's still the question of whether it should be dealt with on this page at all, since it's not part of the work the page is actually about.
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