DC Comics has announced it’s controversial Before Watchmen project, and J. Michael Straczynski will be writing two of the stories. The project, beginning in the Summer of 2012, will feature the following miniseries, published weekly:
- Rorschach (4 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
- Minutemen (6 issues) – Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
- Comedian (6 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones
- Dr. Manhattan (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes
- Nite Owl (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
- Ozymandias (6 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
- Silk Spectre (4 issues) – Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner
Each comic will include a 2-page Curse of the Crimson Corsair story, and a final Before Watchmen: Epilogue single issue will also be published.
An overview of the project can be found at CBR, along with an interview with JMS focusing on Dr. Manhattan. A second article at The Hollywood Reporter sounds like it may be from the same interview, but focuses more on Nite Owl. JMS has also made a long post on Facebook discussing his reasons for contributing to this project despite the controversy. For those unfamiliar with the situation, original Watchmen scribe Alan Moore is opposed to the project, and some fans feel it is sacrilegious to oppose Moore’s wishes or to cloud the memory of such a seminal work with new material. Straczynski mounts an excellent defense in the Facebook post linked above.