Curiosity Inc. wrote:
However, it absolutely must be said, NO SEQUELS. Everything in Watchmen led to that diary ending in Seymour's hands when it did, so revealing the diary's fate would imply that everything in the novel had led to that decision. It would, in effect, ruin Watchmen retroactively
But where's the fun in that? As DD said:
Give your best idea for a prequel, spinoff and sequel.
That being said, we should be able to come up with whatever idea we want. I think everyone is a little too afraid that they're Watchmen ideas might be taken seriously, no matter how ridiculous. But it's not as if our ideas are going to result in a new Watchmen comic anyways, so why not have fun with it?
So, here's my ridiculous Watchmen sequel.
The story is one of obsession. It takes place in present day New York. New Frontiersman founder Hector Godfrey has just died. He died alone in a run down apartment. He was unmarried, and had no children. After shutting down The New Frontiersman for good in 1989, Hector decided to go into hiding, and lived a a recluse who died penniless. He had two co-possessions that he left for his old assistant Seymour. One leather bound journal, with the words "Journal: 1984/1985" printed on it's cover, and one scrapbook filled with hundreds of notes, photo's, pages, etc. He also left a note, "It's your problem now". These possessions are found in a safety deposit box, at First National Bank, NY. It is here where the story beings, as Seymour, now in his 40's, decides what to do with the journal.
The story recounts the years in between, as the two men debate what, if anything, to do with the journal. Both men doubting the veracity of its contents, while being reluctant to get rid of it. As the years go by, the two men become estranged, with Hector becoming more and more sure of the journal's authenticity, tracking down dead end leads, hoping to decipher meaning from its pages, while Seymour tries to cut off contact with him, and begins to regret having ever found the journal. Yet it's implications have a hold on them, as well as the questions it raises. What ever happened to the vigilante Rorschach, who had escaped from prison and was never found since? What ever happened to the second Nite Owl, and the second Silk Spectre, who helped him escape? Who really killed the Comedian, and what to make of Rorschach's cryptic comments about Adrian Veidt? The journal's contents could mean nothing. Or they could mean everything.