Earlier this week, DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns shared the first look at three covers for this year’s Doomsday Clock #1, and the beloved antihero from Watchmen plays a very important part. The upcoming DC-Watchmen crossover pits Superman and many other DC positive protagonists against the cynicism of Alan Moore’s perennial classic.
The main cover for the first issue is drawn by artist Gary Frank, and features an angry mob holding up signs, with the main one reading “The End Is Here,” an update of the iconic “The End Is Nigh” sign held by Rorschach in the original Watchmen series. Check out how the title of the series, Doomsday Clock, is written along the side of the image just like the original Watchmen issues, complete with the yellow-and-black font.
The second variant cover features Superman and Dr. Manhattan and it looks like the metaphysical Manhattan is being positioned as the enemy of hope against the Man of Steel, given his presence has been teased in the DC Universe since Batman discovered the bloody smiley face button in the Batcave at the end of last year’s Rebirth one-shot, which was further explored in The Flash/Batman crossover “The Button.” The sense of scale really shows off the power that Dr. Manhattan has over Superman, a fact that is cemented by the sight of Supes literally disintegrating.
Speaking of Rorschach, the third cover for Doomsday Clock released by DC today features the iconic antihero. The cover is technically a Rorschach test with the familiar icons of Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman done up as an ink blot.
What makes the DC-Watchmen crossover Doomsday Clock such an event is the fact that the characters from Alan Moore’s story have never appeared in main continuity with any other property (apart from an instance here and there where a Watchmen comic appeared in the DCU, but no character interactions).
“You don’t want to just do a cameo. It’s not a gimmick. I don’t want to have Dr. Manhattan show up at the end of Rebirth, and then he’s in two pages of a book later on,” Johns teased at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. “If there’s one being out there that could mess with time in such a radical way and challenge hope, I just felt like Dr. Manhattan was it.”
DC has yet to reveal any Doomsday Clock story details yet, but the miniseries does take place one year into the future of the DC Universe. Doomsday Clock releases on November 22, 2017.
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