Everyone is looking for Dr. Manhattan in Doomsday Clock, says Geoff Johns

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Nov 22, 2017, 2:50 PM EST

Today DC Comics has launched Issue #1 of Doomsday Clock, a 12-issue series that merges the superpowered heroics of the DC Universe with the grimy world of suited misfits known as the Watchmen. Writer Geoff Johns—who is also the DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer of DC Comics—talks about the emotional story of Doomsday Clock.

As those of us following the DC Universe know, the twist in the continuing Rebirth story arc is that Watchmen's only superpowered character, the godlike Dr. Manhattan, is now seemingly a villain, one who had manipulated and murdered and stole a decade from the world. These events dovetail into Doomsday Clock.

In a video by DC Comics, Johns said, “You’ll see all the characters moving in one direction of trying to find Dr. Manhattan for various different reasons. And that journey is a journey to find truth and answers and mysteries that they might not even be aware of.”


As Johns recently told SYFY WIRE, ultimately, “Doomsday Clock is a tale of Superman and Dr. Manhattan.” This leads to important conversation between the two characters — particularly since Dr. Manhattan seemingly was responsible for brainwashing Superman's father Jor-El, turning him into Mr. Oz.

Johns said, “When you’re dealing with someone like Dr. Manhattan side by side with Superman, you’re going to dig a lot deeper into Superman than you have before in some respects, because this conversation between them is going to demand it.”

Oh, and just because Rorschach died a quick yet messy death at the end of Watchmen, it doesn't mean he's gone for good. Johns said he is the “centerpoint”: “We needed the character in there. … When you pick up Issue #1, all will become very clear, very quickly.”

If you’re a fan of DC Comics, keep in mind, it may be important to read: DC All Access says, “The series is set to permanently change the fabric of the multiverse.” In other words, the universe won’t be the same. And not even Superman can stop it.

For a deeper look at why Alan Moore no longer writes Watchmen—or works for DC Comics—we urge you to read this stand-out essay by Chase Magnett in Comics Bulletin.