I think a lot of us are pretty disgusted not only by the rehashing of old franchises (CONSTANTLY, EVERYWHERE), but the blatant disrespect shown to Moore over the Watchmen. (I mean, he only said explicitly so many times that this is exactly what he didn’t want to happen.)
And while personally I was a bit squicked by the disregard shown to the old nut, I didn’t really stop to think about what this meant about the industry as a whole. (Which is pretty unusual, since I have these thoughts immediately about rehashed movie franchises and sequels.)
About playing on nostalgia, the terror of stepping into new territory.
Anyway, I’m tired, and Ms.Polo has it all written a lot more comprehensively than I do in that article.
(On a side note, my favorite Watchmen character was Rorschach. Unoriginal, I know, but I liked how single-minded he was. He had an idea of justice and good, of what he needed to do, and he did everything within his power to achieve it, regardless of consequences or public opinion. And in the end, I don’t think he really saw himself as a “good guy” or anything like that. I just liked how he did what he felt he should without apologies. Of course, I would never want that in reality, but he works as an interesting character in a fictional world. ….Huh, a lot of those reasons are why I like Batman too… Anyway, he may be eye-rollingly popular, but I don’t think that’s without reason.)