Release Date: November 22
Although Alan Moore will find little cause to be excited regarding DC's latest comic event, fans of the Watchmen and indeed, the DCU more generally will have have plenty, especially with how Geoff Johns has been hyping it up.
Doomsday Clock, an event that has been built towards since last year's DC Rebirth, will see the Watchmen collide with the mainstream DC Universe in a story that promises to be both fantastical and grounded; a comic rooted in the zeitgeist of November 2016 as much as it is the Cold War milieu that birthed Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal series.
While the thought of seeing Superman cross paths with Dr. Manhattan might seem like something of a cynical ploy on DC's behalf, Johns has spoken at length regarding just how important the story is to him. It's clear that this is a passion project of sorts, and with the way in which DC has changed these last five years, it feels like the perfect thematic bookend for those changes - particularly so, when it comes to Rebirth.
Any attempts to bring the Watchmen into mainstream DC canon were always going to garner a lot of attention, but - in Doomsday Clock's case - it feels justified. Indeed, it even feels like a genuine tale, one determined to embody the thematic importance of Moore's original series. And while that might seem like an unlikely event in any case, Johns and artist Gary Frank have all the tools at their disposal to make it work and then some.
That's exciting, and even if you find the liberal use of Moore's characters somewhat repellant, it's hard to deny the case that Johns has put forth for the upcoming series. Here's hoping it lives up to the hype.
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