MTV Geek caught up with some of the creators involved in the DC Comics event "Before Watchmen" for their opinions on the Alan Moore controversy. They expressed a range of emotions and viewpoints on the issue. Here are a few quotes from these interviews with Len Wein, Adam Hughes, J. Michael Straczynski, and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee:
"I am sorry that Alan is disappointed in the project being done. I think Alan has developed a mindset over the years...that is really his own mindset, and there's no real resemblance to the truth."
"It's one thing to have fans speaking negatively about something without having seen it yet. Feel free to hate it when it's done...but until it comes out, please give it the benefit of a doubt."
J. Michael Straczynski:
"On the one hand, I mostly understand what he's saying about the characters; but this is a guy who, in his own recent work of late, used Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Invisible Man, Peter Pan...and many other characters from the public domain, many of whom, the creators, would not like to see their characters in those ways."
"I have no personal beef with Alan, he's a great creator, and a very sweet guy...but I think this is one of those situations where you have to make the decision of what's best for the company, what's best for these characters."