Coming this November, DC Comics writer, and DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns is re-teaming with his Superman and Batman: Earth One collaborator Gary Frank to bring us Doomsday Clock, a 12-part miniseries that brings together iconic characters from the Watchmen and DC realms. Specifically, showcasing Superman and Doctor Manhattan facing off against one another.
Written by Geoff Johns, with art by Gary Frank, Doomsday Clock will begin to unravel the true nature of Watchmen’s connection to the DC Universe, with Superman confronting Doctor Manhattan about his tampering with the DC timeline during the creation of the New 52 continuity (see DC Rebirth). A new interview with Johns teases the ramifications and extent of this new series, along with news that the first issue of Doomsday Clock will be released slightly early, arriving at 11:57 PM on November 21. A full three minutes before midnight.
The trailer has Johns breaking down just exactly how we got to this point, including the seed of the idea that Doctor Manhattan messing around with time, and the influence of the 2016 election on his storytelling.
“It’s unlike any story I’ve ever written, and any story [artist Gary Frank has] ever drawn,” Johns says of the 12-issue project in the video, before going on to remind the audience that his last comic book project — 2016’s DC Universe: Rebirth special issue — set the scene for the first crossover between the DC Universe and the Watchmen universe.
Earlier this year, Johns explained the decision to introduce some of Watchmen’s characters (created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons) into the DC Universe, saying, “Thematically, and metaphorically, there was no better choice than to use Doctor Manhattan. If you’re going to have a conflict between optimism and pessimism, a battle between the very forces of hope and despair, you need to have someone who personifies the cynicism that has leaked into our hearts and also has the ability to affect the entire DCU. It’s all paying off this November with Doomsday Clock.”
In a reference to the titular Doomsday Clock, a symbolic instrument used by scientists to estimate just how close humanity is close to global catastrophe, the three minutes to midnight allows Johns to capitalize on the imagery of the black-and-yellow clock steadily ticking down to a major clash between DC’s heroes and the characters of Watchmen.
Doomsday Clock #1 hits shelves November 22, 2017.
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