Ever since DC Comics rebooted their entire comic book universe in 2011, there have been a lot of lingering questions. Most of those were brought back to the forefront when the publisher relaunched their line under the DC Rebirth heading last year, when it was hinted that some familiar characters might have been the ones responsible for the New 52 reboot.
Those questions might finally be answered this year. In an interview with SyFy Wire, DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns announced he’ll be returning to writing comics this fall with the event series Doomsday Clock.
The image of course plays to the fact that since Rebirth, including in the current Batman/Flash crossover The Button, it has been hinted that Doctor Manhattan and other characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen are behind what has happened to the DC Universe and it’s characters.
“It is Watchmen colliding with the DC Universe. It is the most personal and most epic, utterly mind-bending project I have ever worked on in my career,” Johns said. “With Rebirth, I opened the door to Manhattan. Part of that was I loved the real-world influence Watchmen has. I put Manhattan out there, and always thought there was a Manhattan/Superman story to be told, but then … it grew. And grew. It took my heart and soul over. Still, at the core of it, there’s a being who has lost his humanity, and distanced himself from it, and an alien who embodies humanity more than most humans. I love the idea that Watchmen influenced DC, but what would that look like in reverse? And it goes well beyond that.”
Doomsday Clock will reunite Johns and artist Gary Frank for a series that will be entirely standalone, no tie ins, and according to Johns on Twitter will run more than 6 issues but less than 13 with more details to come during San Diego Comic Con.
“We’re not going to do a story like this unless we one-thousand percent believe in it. It is all about the story; it is only about the story,” Johns said. “There are no crossovers. No watered down one-shots or mini-series on top of this one. This is a standalone story. There is only Doomsday Clock. We had no interest in doing a crossover with this. We didn’t want to see Doctor Manhattan facing off against Superman in Action Comics, with all due respect. That is not what this is about. It is about something different … It will have an impact on the entire DC Universe. It will affect everything moving forward and everything that has come before. It will touch the thematic and literal essence of DC.”
Johns also said that the story is somewhat inspired by current political times in our country. Not necessarily fully about the President, but about how society as a whole is very divided & people have a hard time finding common ground.
Doomsday Clock kicks off in November.