Watchmen: Infinities.... lol. I hope it wouldn't be as terrible as Star Wars: Infinities. Basically, an Infinities story is a completely non-canon retelling of the whole story.
I just realized I was totally getting Star Wars: Infinities and Star Wars: Tales confused. Infinities was interesting. Sloppy, but interesting. To me, further exploring the Vader reforming What If? at the end really would've made for a better story than any of the rest of it. I'm glad I only glossed through it at Borders.
Now, that I think of it, Tales isn't anything like what I was describing anyway, except for the alternating writers bit. Speaking of which Deadpool Team-Up and a couple others are doing that bit now so it's certainly possible.
Curiosity Inc. wrote:
Sequel: I GOT IT. You can have your cake and eat it too. Watchmen: Infinities. 80ish page giants that each explore a different scenario. None of them get to be canon in any meaningful way, so, Watchmen keeps itself ambiguous.
So it's not really a sequel so much as it's a bunch of one-shots exploring all the possible outcomes of the squid attack and Rorschach's journal drop, without establishing which one is actually what happened?
That... that could actually work. The trick, however, would be keeping the one-shots LIMITED to one-shots. If any of them were expanded into ongoing storylines, that would be in danger of becoming canon.
I figured 80-pages is a pretty decent space for getting your word in, and, if they do make sequels to the one-shots, as long as they pick more than one to expand on, we're good.
To me this is all like fanfiction. Some is written by, well, fans, and some gets produced by people who own the rights and want to make a buck and pay other people to write it, and the outcome then is official and regarded as 'canon'.
Perhaps something even turns out ok or even good. This occasionally happens with fanfiction.
But I won't waste much thought on it.
I don't want to condescend too much, but I think we should pretty much all have this attitude towards this whole deal. Just because they put it out, and even if DC makes it official canon or whatever, it doesn't become anymore valid.
They published a sequel to Catcher In The Rye too, you know.
(Granted, there were a whole bunch of legal problems and I don't recall what exactly became of it, but that's not the point.)