Easily one of the most exciting panels at this year’s New York Comic Con was Geoff John’s detailed reveal of the first six pages of Doomsday Clock, the DC Comics COO’s passion project that brings the heroes and antiheros of Watchmen into the broader DC Universe.
Or perhaps it’s more the other way around.
In the DC Comics video below, Johns yet again previews he and artist Gary Frank’s first six pages, but instead of taking an hour to do so, he breaks it down in just under six minutes. And he notes something particularly interesting early on:
“What we revealed in this very first page, and this is something that we’ve held back on until we put out this preview, these pages, is that this is not the DC Universe.”
As you can see clearly in the video, which mirrors panels of the original Watchmen against Doomsday Clock’s, it’s very much the gritty Watchmen Universe that’s being portrayed, one which we’ll see DC Comics biggest heroes enter. So it’s apparently Watchmen’s 12-issue, self-contained world, and Superman and Batman will just be visiting (as Jim Lee elaborates on in our interview below).
In this world, particularly it’s set-up presented here, the population is reeling from finding out that Adrian Veidt aka Ozymandias was responsible for the massacre in Manhattan. If you’ll recall in the pages of Watchmen, Veidt created mass destruction in The City and pinned it on an alien invasion, which he hoped would give Russia and America good reason to work together and set aside their impending nuclear war. Well, with Veidt outted, it looks like the nukes are getting cold, and the end is nigh again.
And so the abridged version of the preview ends pretty much the same way the Comic Con panel did, with us more than ready to read the rest.
The first issue of Doomsday Clock drops Nov. 22., the same date that’s possibly presented on Page 1's very first caption. Now that’s reason to give thanks!