Despite blowing us away with one event that’s already kicked off in the form of Dark Nights: Metal (you can check out our five-star review for the first issue here), DC is more than ready to knock our socks off with yet another limited series, the ominously titled Doomsday Clock. Set to put characters from the DC Universe proper on a collision course with those from Watchmen, it’ll no doubt finally pay off the greater mysteries of the Rebirth era that have been tugging at our minds.
Since the book was announced back in May, the publisher has been somewhat mum regarding it, but a few more details were thankfully brought to light last month at San Diego Comic-Con. Basically, DC head honcho Geoff Johns reaffirmed that a confrontation involving Superman and Doctor Manhattan is coming, which may very well be the comic book battle of the century. Furthermore, we learned the series has ballooned from four issues to twelve, no doubt recapturing the vast scope of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ immortal classic.
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On that note, Johns himself dropped some significant teasers via Twitter by showing us the first covers to be revealed for the inaugural issue. As we can see, both seriously evoke those taken from the original Watchmen series, something we should’ve seen coming. Truth be told, it’s best they went this route to help capitalize on readers’ nostalgia and to create some visual continuity.
Additionally, Gary Frank’s artwork foreshadows the inevitable showdown between the Man of Steel and the big blue nudist on the first cover displayed. As for the second, it’s quite apparent that he’s channeling Gibbons’ work by playing up the whole “The End is Here” bit. Suffice it to say, those words may need to be taken seriously with this one.
Doomsday Clock #1 arrives in comic shops this November.