If you're even a passing fan of comic books, 'Watchmen' and the names Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore should mean something to you.

The miniseries, launched in 1988, is often considered the greatest original comic book series ever made and its impact on the genre as a whole is still felt to this day. It's the only graphic novel to make it into Time Magazine's list of 100 greatest novels and is cited as maturing the realm of superheroes beyond what was once expected of it.

Simply put, 'Watchmen' is a big deal and with a HBO series based in part on it looming, you'd have to wonder just how it's all going to go down. Damon Lindelof, the showrunner behind the upcoming series, has been open about his own issues with taking on such a weighty task. However, he can rest assured and carry knowing that Dave Gibbons has given his blessing on the series.

In a lengthy interview with EW, Gibbons talked about the upcoming series and said that he "found Damon’s approach to be really refreshing and exciting and unexpected."

"I don’t think it’s gonna be what people think it’s going to be. It certainly wasn’t what I imagined it to be. I think it’s extremely fresh. I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the screen. I’ve been resistant to the comic book prequels and sequels, but what Damon’s doing is not that at all, it’s very far away from that," said Gibbons. "While it’s very reverential and true to the source material (by which I mean the Watchmen graphic novel that Alan and I did), it’s not retreading the same ground, it’s not a reinterpretation of it. It approaches it in a completely unexpected way."

The interview also covers Zack Snyder's movie adaptation, Alan Moore's general disinterest with the Hollywood machine, and much more besides. It's a fascinating insight into the comic book as a whole and its lasting impact, and definitely worth checking out.

You can read the interview in full here. 'Watchmen' is expected to air some time in 2020.