Adam Hughes Weighs In On "Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan"

Wed, February 1st, 2012 at 11:30am PST | Updated: February 1st, 2012 at 12:35pm

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor
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Earlier today, DC Comics announced a series of prequel comics set within the world of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' "Watchmen" with seven miniseries featuring Rorschach, the Minutemen, the Comedian, Nite Owl, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre and Dr. Manhattan.

While J. Michael Stracynski spoke exclusively with CBR News about "Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan," the miniseries' artist Adam Hughes took to his personal blog with some thoughts on the project and expressed his excitement at having a chance to work on the iconic character.

"I feel pretty honored to be working it," Hughes said in his blog post. "I'm looking forward to drawing all these characters. Yes, 'Doctor Manhattan' is an unusual choice to assign me to, but I'm assured that DC has a plan! Maybe they believe that, since I'm well-associated with drawing female anatomy, I'm qualified to handle blue penises.  Wait... that doesn't sound right…"

The artist continued, citing his love for Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' work, as well as mentioned his excitement in working with J. Michael Straczynski. "I love Alan Moore's canon of work, with special affection for 'Miracleman,' 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,' and most definitely 'Watchmen,'" he said. "I hope to do some sort of justice to Dave Gibbon's brilliant art: he's one of the all time great illustrators ever to work in the field of comics, and I have a serious case of "My LAST boyfriend was a porn star!" performance anxiety when it comes to bringing his beloved characters to life. I've only met Dave twice: he was drunk both times, and holding an award both times as well (I'd celebrate, too, if I won awards). I hope that if I get to see him again, we'll manage a congenial hat trick of insobriety, and that he doesn't go all 'soccer hooligan' on my ass. 'Those are MY characters, you apocalyptically colonial wanker!!' I'm fairly stoked to be working with the fabulous J.M. Straczynksi. I loved his 'Thor' run, especially. The man knows how to craft amazing tales, so I feel like you & I are in good hands."

Moore himself weighed in on the "Before Watchmen" books as a whole in a statement to the New York Times where he referred to the project as "completely shameless," saying, "I tend to take this latest development as a kind of eager confirmation that they are still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago."

Stay tuned to CBR News for more on "Before Watchmen" as it develops.

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