Ever since the DC Comics Rebirth Special arrived on newsstands last summer, the title has opened the way for a very exciting crossover event - one that the publisher has spent the last year quietly building up to with each new issue in their DC Comics Rebirth line of books.
Now, DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns has revealed that the world of Watchmen and the DCU are set to collide in a brand new miniseries event entitled Doomsday Clock.
Speaking with Syfy Wire, Johns revealed that this will not serve as a sequel to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' classic graphic novel, but is something else entirely.
"It is Watchmen colliding with the DC Universe," says Johns. "It is the most personal and most epic, utterly mind-bending project I have ever worked on in my career. 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."
Johns will script the new series.
Gary Frank will pencil, along with Brad Anderson on colors.
Johns went on to share that, unlike other crossover events, Doomsday Clock will not feature any additional one-shots or spinoffs to get in the way of the main story.
"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. 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."
While a final issue count has yet to be determined for the new miniseries, Johns did take to Twitter earlier today to assure fans that it would be comprised of less than 13 issues...
Thanks for all the questions! #DoomsdayClock 🕚will b more than 6 issues/less than 13 - too early to announce other details, more @Comic_Con!— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) May 15, 2017
Doomsday Clock begins counting down in November.
Source: Syfy Wire
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