These prequels will give DC Comics some mainstream press coverage and (who knows) maybe some curious noses through the doors of comic shops, which is good for everybody. Also, while Alan Moore is against the prequels, the other half of the original creative team, Dave Gibbons doesn't mind, and his opinion counts too. And DC haven't done this half arsed, they've put one hell of a good creative team on board. As I said, it's hard to get too excited about all this but I'm a little tempted by Darwyn Cooke's Minutemen. It'll be fan-wank, but fan-wank can still be entertaining. It's just a shame that DC aren't getting mainstream press coverage and new fans from something as new and original as Watchmen was all those years ago.
I'll leave you with what immediately popped into my head the minute I saw Andy and Joe Kubert's image from their Nite Owl mini-series.