DC Comics may have had previous midnight releases for fans who couldn’t wait to get their claws, gloves, and robotic hands on variant covers and special editions before, but there’s an eerie significance to this one. Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock #1 is taking a cue from Watchmen and setting off the apocalypse 3 minutes early. Literally.
In Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock, which uses the lifespan of the human race so far to predict how long humanity has before it gets vaporized, kept creeping forward on each cover from 12 minutes to twelve until the stroke of midnight and imminent doom. This doesn’t just exist in the DC Universe. The real Doomsday Clock actually flash-forwarded from three to two minutes ahead of midnight—bonus points if you get the Iron Maiden reference—right after the recent war of words over Korea. You have every right to be terrified.
Now DC is really playing up the fear factor and giving a wink to Alan Moore’s birthday three days late with an 11:57 release on the night of November 21, and will bomb participating stores with badges, pins, Gary Frank lithographs, and an exclusive black-and-white release event cover that will give you chills.
Whether or not Doomsday Clock is intended to keep you up at night, it emerged from the DC Rebirth comics and picks up where 2016 one-shot DC Universe: Rebirth Special 1 and 2017 crossover The Button left off. Superman and Doctor Manhattan will be the focus of the series after Johns felt compelled to zero in on the dichotomy between a superhero who swoops in to save humanity and a villain who shuns it. Watch for Watchmen characters entering the DC Universe in this 12-issue miniseries that will (predictably) release over the course of a year.
This might be the one time ever you’re actually excited for Doomsday.
(via Bleeding Cool)