Yeah I understood what you meant. I have read though some very excited to see it as a direct sequel, I just don’t care if they want to make it that or not (not just with regard to Watchmen, I gave up caring about canon and continuity in general a long time ago, just make stories entertaining).
The lead-in books give you no idea, they really are super limited in what they reveal. There’s a smiley
badge that has a super crackle and hints that Dr Manhattan is probably behind something, that’s it.
It may be, it’s still daft though.