Over the weekend, while many of us were hanging out, Geoff Johns dropped a hint of what was to come after the Batman/Flash The Button event. Will the Watchmen finally reveal themselves to the DC Universe?
“It’s time. Last year, the DC Universe confronted the legacy of Watchmen in Rebirth the way Watchmen confronted the legacy of superhero comics three decades ago,” explains writer Geoff Johns. “Thematically, and metaphorically, there was no better choice than to use Dr. 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.”
I agree, it is time. It’s been almost a year since Rebirth launched, and though there have been some really great comics, characters, stories, and creators that have appeared, the lingering mystery of Wally West, The Button, and that mysterious blue finger have caused many readers to grow restless. Now that the answer is within our grasp, will the payoff be worth it?
“DOOMSDAY CLOCK is a story for fans who love the DC Universe and Watchmen and want to see what a master of this genre creates when he puts them together,” says artist Gary Frank. “As for my artistic approach to the series, each panel is extremely detailed and I am constantly thinking through the position of every single element.”
Many Spoilerites, and others on the Interwebs have shared their dissatisfaction with the merging of the Watchmen and DC Universe, but if it is done right, this could be the next big step for storytelling. Remember when many laughed at a serious Flintstones comic?
Be on the lookout for The Flash #22 this week, as a four page epilogue sets up the Doomsday Clock event.