With yesterday's reveal that HBO and Damon Lindelof's Watchmen series has gone into pre-production, along with the impending arrival of Doctor Manhattan, Rorschach and Ozymandias in Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's Doomsday Clock, interest in the seminal 1986 DC Comics miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons couldn't be higher. However, according to Gibbons, while he has another Watchmen project in the works, it has nothing that has to do with the television series, or DC's Rebirth mystery.
“I have actually recently been working on one Watchmen project, which I think has been announced,” Gibbons told ComicBook.com. “And it's the annotated Watchmen… [with] Leslie Klinger and he's written some wonderful analytical books about characters like Sherlock Holmes and Dracula, and also Neil Gaiman's Sandman. He and I have worked on the annotated Watchmen, where he's gone into all the background detail, into all the historical meaning of things that are in Watchmen. And I've let him have a look at the original scripts and I've given him my insight on it. And that's a book which is gonna be out later this year, which I think, you know, if you're a real Watchmen fan, there's gonna be some great stuff in there."
While Gibbons seems to harbor no ill will towards DC in regards to Watchmen, his collaborator on the miniseries, Alan Moore, has famously made his feelings perfectly clear about the publisher doing anything with the property. “What the comics industry has effectively said is, ‘Yes, this was the only book that made us briefly special and that was because it wasn’t like all the other books.’ Watchmen was something that stood on its own and it had the integrity of a literary work,” Moore said when interviewed about DC’s prequel Before Watchmen. “What they’ve decided now is, ‘So, let’s change it to a regular comic that can run indefinitely and have spin-offs.’ and ‘Let’s make it as unexceptional as possible.’”
Watchmen: The Annotated Edition goes on sale December 6, 2017.