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- Wednesday, July 17, 2019Doomsday Clock #11 Now 15 Weeks LateIt’s only a week since we updated you on the new lateness and schedules of Doomsday Clock #11, the unauthorized sequel to Watchmen by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, as well as Shazam! by Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham. Well not only are the schedules changing again only one week later, but lots of other DC Comics books want to play this game as well. A while ago we reported that Doomsday Clock #11, which slipped from May 22nd to May 29th and was starting to go down a similar road to #10 had been delayed a further three months until August 14th. And then last week, slipped a further two weeks, till August 28th. And today – another week to the 4th of September. Shazam! #7 had slipped nine weeks from the 19th June to the 14th August. And now another week to the 21st of August. Shazam! #8 had slipped six weeks from the 27th July to the 28th August. And now another week to the 4th of September. Shazam! #9 had slipped three weeks from the 21st August to the 11th of September. And now another week to the 18th of September. Shazam! #10 had slipped one week from the 18th September to the 25th September. And now another week to the 2nd of October. Joining them in the slippage journey is High Level #6 which had slipped from the 24th of July to the 7th of August, and has now to the 14th of August. Batman/Superman #1 is slipping two weeks, from the 14th August to the 28th. However Collapser #2, which was scheduled for the 21st of August, will arrive a week early on the 14th of August. And Teen Titans: Burning Rage will be two weeks early, shifting from the 28th of August to the 14th. That’s a real rarity…
- Wednesday, July 10, 2019Doomsday Clock Slips FurtherYes it’s been a while since the last issue of Doomsday Clock by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to call it an unauthorized sequel to Watchmen on a regular basis. And now it’s going to be even longer. A while ago we reported that Doomsday Clock #11, which slipped from May 22nd to May 29th and was starting to go down a similar road to #10 had been delayed a further three months until August 14th. Well, now is has slipped a further two weeks, till August 28th. Here we go again? It’s also been joined with some stranger changes to the already schedule-challenged Shazam! by Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham. Because it looks that the book is about to go twice-monthly, which no one expected given the many delays so far. Shazam! #7 has slipped nine weeks from the 19th June to the 14th August. Shazam! #8 has slipped six weeks from the 27th July to the 28th August. Shazam! #9 has slipped three weeks from the 21st August to the 11th of September. Shazam! #10 has slipped one weeks from the 18th September to the 25th September. Joining them in the slippage journey are Young Justice #8 from the 31st of July to the 7th of August. High Level #6 from the 24th of July to the 7th of August.
- Sunday, June 23, 2019DC Comics Cancels The Road To WatchmenWe earlier reported on DC Comics’ plans to repackage old Steve Ditko comic books with The Question and Blue Beetle as ‘The Road To Watchmen’, noting their inspirations behind characters Rorschach and Nite Owl. This is what was planned for their first title. Road to Watchmen: Rorschach & Nite Owl
Written by Steve Ditko
Hardcover DC Comics 20 oz
On sale Nov 05, 2019 | 400 Pages | 978-1-4012-9889-0With a new HBO Watchmen series coming soon, DC collects some of the best stories starring the heroes that inspired the cast of the original WATCHMEN comic series. At the height of comics’ 1960s Silver Age, artist Steve Ditko was winning praise for his spectacular work on Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man and Dr. Strange. At the same time, Ditko was also creating powerful tales of other heroes: Charlton Comics’ Blue Beetle, Captain Atom and the Question. Now, for the first time, DC collects stories starring these enigmatic heroes, plus the Peacemaker and others — the heroes that provided the inspiration for WATCHMEN team members Night Owl, Doctor Manhattan, Rorschach, the Comedian and more. This title includes CAPTAIN ATOM (1966) #83-86, BLUE BEETLE (1967) #1-6, MYSTERIOUS SUSPENSE #1, CHARLTON PREMIERE #3, THE CHARLTON BULLSEYE (1975) #1, #5, THE CHARLTON BULLSEYE (1981) #1, AMERICOMICS #3 and AMERICOMICS SPECIAL #1. However, it appears that the listing has been removed from Edelweiss’ catalogue and the Amazon listing has kicked it into 2080, usually referred to as being sent to the cornfield. We won’t be seeing it’s like…
- Wednesday, May 29, 2019[Spoiler Alert] Today’s Doomsday Clock #10 Utterly Rewrites – and Renames – The DC UniverseWith Doomsday Clock #10, the unauthorized sequel to Watchmen by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank published by DC Comics, the purpose of Nathaniel Dusk becomes clear. It plays the role of the Black Freighter in Watchmen, it is a fictional world defined by a real world, also a timeline that stays fixed. A beginning, a middle and an end. And while hat mirrors the inevitability of the Watchmen timeline, unchanging, destined, and deathly, that this is used as a contrast to the story of Superman. We see a scene from Watchmen, in which Dr Manhattan says he is leaving his world for a simpler galaxy. His arrival in the DC Universe implies that the comic book world is simpler than the real world. Maybe nicer, maybe more altruistic.
- Sunday, April 21, 2019What’s Happening With Doomsday Clock Hardcover?The hardcover collection of Doomsday Clock, the unauthorized sequel to Watchmen by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, is due for November. It is even possible the three remaining issues of the series will be published before then.
- Saturday, March 09, 2019DC Repackages Blue Beetle and Question Comics as ‘The Road to Watchmen’DC Comics continue to squeeze blood out of a stone regarding Watchmen. The twelve-issue comic book by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and Jeremy Higgins was published in 1986. And right now, DC Comics has versions in paperback, hardcover and digital, international edition in paperback, hardcover and digital without a smiley face on the cover, deluxe hardcover, an annotated version, an Absolute edition, a black-and-white edition, a slipcase edition of twelve individual hardcover versions, a slipcase Modern Classics edition, a Watching The Watchmen companion book, Watchmen portraits from the movie, a movie companion book, a film art book, an omnibus of the Before Watchmen titles, as well as paperbacks and hardcovers and digital editions for the individual Before Watchmen series, and the film in original, directors’ cut, ultimate cut, individual Tales Of The Black Freighter and Under The Hood. As well as their current unauthorized sequel Doomsday Clock, currently being serialized by DC Comics. Oh and a toaster. Well, they have a brand new way of monetizing Watchmen ahead of the upcoming HBO TV series by Damon Lindelof. Repackaing Charlton Comics, the characters who inspired an early version of the original series, as The Road To Watchmen. And while the cover says The Question & The Blue Beetle, the solicitation says Rorschach & Nite Owl… Here’s what’s coming in November. And it’ll only cost you sixty bucks… here’s the solicitation.
- Wednesday, March 06, 2019[Spoiler Alert] What Does Doomsday Clock #9 Mean for the Future of the DC Universe – Nightwing, Aquaman, Hawkman and MoreDoomsday Clock, the unauthorized sequel to Watchmen, is set in the near-future of the DC Universe. It had a choppy beginning gettibg the dates straight, but it is meant to be happening sometime later in 2019. Today’s Doomsday Clock #9 sees the gathering of superheroes take a daytrip to Mars to confront Dr Manhattan. So we get to see who is who and what is what. And it’s all looking rather… classic.
- Monday, February 18, 2019Doomsday Clock #11 Will Reveal the Truth About DC Rebirth – With Nukes on the CoverRemember DC Rebirth by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank? Which realised that the DC New 52 was a load of crock, created by an all-powerful character from a well-regarded classic graphic novel who really should have been left where he was rather than jumping over to the DC Universe? Hey, it’s not just me saying that but Batman and Superman seem to agree. As Dr. Manhattan ripped years out of continuity, brought twisted versions of their fathers back to life and generally went around merging one continuity with another, the future of the Legion and the past of the Society in an attempt to make everything go like… clockwork. Or some such. DC Comics May 2019 solicitations will bring the unauthorized sequel to Watchmen, Doomsday Clock, to its eleventh issue (probably) and will see DC Rebirth directly addressed… DOOMSDAY CLOCK #11
words by GEOFF JOHNS art and cover by GARY FRANK variant cover by GARY FRANKThe critically acclaimed series by the renowned team of visitor Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank marches toward its conclusion. In this penultimate issue, the truth behind ‘Rebirth’ is revealed as Batman searches for the one person he believes can help him save the world Rorschach. $4.99, for the 22nd of May. Which it might well do…
- Thursday, December 20, 2018Doctor Manhattan’s Rebirth Secrets Will Be Revealed in Doomsday Clock #10 in MarchEver since Doctor Manhattan’s pointy blue appendage appeared on the cover of 2016’s DC Rebirth #1 — no, not the pointy blue appendage you’re thinking of… we mean his finger! — the beleaguered fans of the DC Comics universe have been longing to find out just how Dr. Manhattan is connected. Fans have had to wait longer and longer as Doomsday Clock, the unauthorized sequel to Watchmen by Geoff “Jeff” Johns and Gary Frank, has suffered from delays But in March, in Doomsday Clock #10, your questions will finally be answered, according to DC’s March solicits, as ths issue will reveal “the secrets behind Dr. Manhattan and his connection to the DC Universe.” Will you be stunned? The solicit believes you will be. And when has a solicit ever lied to you? Doomsday Clock besmirches the work of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons for profit on March 27th. DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10
written by GEOFF JOHNS
art and cover by GARY FRANK
variant cover by GARY FRANK
This stunning issue of the critically acclaimed hit maxiseries reveals the secrets behind Dr. Manhattan and his connection to the DC Universe.
ON SALE 03.27.19
$4.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T+
This issue will ship with two covers.
- Saturday, December 01, 2018Another Familiar Watchmen Scene in Doomsday Clock #8It’s always fun to spot reinterpreted scenes from Watchmen appearing in its unauthorized sequel, Doomsday Clock. Even if the issue hasn’t been formally published yet… We looked at how the final page of Watchmen had been reinterpreted for Doomsday Clock #8, by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, but it’s far from the only one. Such as this scene from Watchmen #3, as Dr Manhattan is hemmed into the crowd by the intrusive media…
- Thursday, September 20, 2018Watchmen: Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross Scoring Damon Lindelof “Remix” SeriesWhile we’re still not sure who will end up watching HBO’s Watchmen when Damon Lindelof‘s authorized adaptation “remix” of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ classic 1986 limited comic book series from DC Comics premieres in 2019, we do know who they’ll be listening to while they’re watching. Nine Inch Nails duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are on board to compose music for the project, set in an alternate history where ‘superheroes’ are treated as outlaws.
- Friday, September 07, 2018Dave Gibbons Apologizes to Comic Readers for Misery Caused by Watchmen’s InfluenceWatchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons will be inducted into The Harveys’ Hall-of-Fame this year, and to celebrate, he gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly. There, Gibbons discussed Watchmen and its influence on comics, and he made a point to apologize for the latter. It is amazing to me that after all this time there is still interest in it. Alan and I thought we’d have a mildly successful series that would have its end and go into the remainder bin and that would be the end of it. The fact it’s kept on for so long and hasn’t been out of print is amazing. If it worked to the detriment of comics at all, it might be the “grim and gritty” approach was taken by other people in the business to mean “ah this is how you must make comics.” So there was a decade of grim, gritty, and nihilistic comics, which wasn’t what we intended at all. In fact, if we’d done anything after Watchmen, we would have done something like Shazam, something with a lighter, more humorous fable feeling to it rather than something dark and grim. I do apologize to the comic-reading public for all that misery.If anything, Gibbons is being modest in saying that Watchmen’s influence led to only a decade of grim and gritty comics. With Heroes in Crisis around the corner, it could be argued that Watchmen’s influence is still creating misery through grim and gritty comics today. But it wasn’t all negative. Gibbons did have some kind words to say about Damon Lindelof’s upcoming Watchmen TV show for HBO: I do know a little about it. I’ve had conversations with Damon, and I’ve read the screenplay for the pilot. I don’t think it’s my place to say too much about it, other than I found Damon’s approach to be really refreshing and exciting and unexpected. I don’t think it’s gonna be what people think it’s going to be. It certainly wasn’t what I imagined it to be. I think it’s extremely fresh. I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the screen.I’ve been resistant to the comic book prequels and sequels, but what Damon’s doing is not that at all, it’s very far away from that. While it’s very reverential and true to the source material (by which I mean the Watchmen graphic novel that Alan and I did), it’s not retreading the same ground, it’s not a reinterpretation of it. It approaches it in a completely unexpected way. Sure, but will it feature lots of exposed blue penises? That’s really all we’re interested in, and HBO had better deliver. Oh well. At least we don’t have to worry about Watchmen creating a decade of misery for TV viewers. Television already has all the grim and grit it needs; it’s called cable news.
- Monday, August 20, 2018It’s Superman vs. Dr Manhattan in November’s Doomsday ClockIt was promised from the beginning. The godlike being from Watchmen world, who came to the DC Universe, stole five years, created the New 52, got Batman to meet his dad and tell him to stop being Batman, got Superman to meet his dad, who then went off with Superman’s son — oh, and then Superman had a nightmare for the first time. And now in November’s issue of Doomsday Clock, the unauthorized sequel to Watchmen, it appears that it is on. As Ozymandias sics Superman on Manhattan… DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8
written by GEOFF JOHNS
art and cover by GARY FRANK
variant cover by GARY FRANK
The critical and commercial hit series by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank continues following the shocking revelations of last issue. As the truth behind Dr. Manhattan’s actions against the DC Universe are revealed, Ozymandias turns to the only being who can stop him: Superman.
ON SALE 11.28.18
$4.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC
- Friday, August 17, 2018HBO Greenlights Damon Lindelof‘s Watchmen “Remix” to SeriesWho Watches the Watchmen? HBO is hoping that the answer to that question is you.The cable giant has given a series order to Damon Lindelof's authorized adaptation “remix” of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986 limited comic book series Watchmen. Described as “set in an alternate history where ‘superheroes’ are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own,” HBO is looking for a 2019 premiere.Watchmen. Some of the projects receiving a series order recently include ‘s DemimondeJordan PeeleMisha Green, ‘s The NeversZendaya.
- Tuesday, July 24, 2018Yet Another Way for DC to Get More Out of Watchmen – a Slipcase for DC Modern ClassicsSo there’s the original issues, the standard collection, the international edition, the hardcover, the absolute version, annotated version, the deluxe edition, the box set of prestige versions of the original issue, the black-and-white Noir version, the motion comic, the movie, the DVD, the Blu-ray, and the toaster. Yes, really, the toaster. And now? The one with a slipcase. The first in DC’s Modern Classics line. Here’s the solicit.
- Friday, June 01, 2018Is Doomsday Clock Taking Place in 2018, 2019 or 2020? Some Quick Math…The timescale for when Doomsday Clock is taking place has been a bit up in the air. Originally it was intended that Doomsday Clock was in the near future of the DC Universe and that when it concluded, that would be when the rest of the DC Comics timeline would catch up. And the series added some elements to the DC Universe that we expected that the other DC Comics titles would start to prepare for. The worldwide acknowledgement of The Supermen Theory, that the US government was behind the preponderance of superheroes in America compared to the rest of the world, the riots that ensued, Batman getting a new costume, that kind of thing. However, we had been told that the rest of DC editorial don’t have a clue about any of that as DC President Geoff Johns has kept his cards rather close to his chest. Everyone did get a bit of a breather when Doomsday Clock started to get later and switched to a bi-monthly schedule. However, there is only so late it can get. And there are already some contradictory dates.
- Tuesday, May 29, 2018Preview: Doomsday Clock #5, Countdown to DC Vs WatchmenDoomsday Clock #5 is DC Comics’ big book, publishing tomorrow. The unauthorized sequel to Watchmen, by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, has been up and down the schedules but it’s definitely on the books for tomorrow and in the comic book stores right now. And Johns is promising a bimonthly schedule going forward. “Issue #5 will begin the countdown for the DC Universe as the worlds of the Watchmen and DC collide full-on. Expect to see characters known and obscure step into the spotlight. And the strangest team-up you’ve ever seen.” I dunno, I mean, I remember Aunt May, Herald Of Galactus. But okay… DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5
(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Gary Frank
The Comedian lives! The Mime and Marionette loose in Gotham City! Rorschach is locked in the bowels of Arkham Asylum! Secrets will be revealed as the Doomsday Clock ticks on…
In Shops: May 30, 2018
- Wednesday, May 02, 2018DC Universe Continues to be Put on Hold as Doomsday Clock Delayed FurtherAs it stands, no one else at DC Comics is allowed to use the Legion Of Superheroes, the Justice Society of America or Captain Marvel until Geoff Johns is finished with them in Doomsday Clock. Which also shows the near future of the DC Comics universe with the Supermen Thesis causing riots and Batman getting a slightly different costume. As previously reported, no one else at DC Comics has a clue as to what Geoff Johns and Gary Frank will be doing in Doomsday Clock, let along how their own comics are meant to tie in with the DC President’s plans for his comic. But at least they now have a little longer to work it all out. Because according to a message sent by DC Comics to comic book retailers Doomsday Clock #5 and #6 have been delayed a month each, slipping from May 23rd to June 20th and from July 18th to August 29th. Which also puts lie to Geoff Johns ‘guaranteed’ bimonthly schedule for the book – there will be three months between Doomsday Clock #5 and #6. It will still sell like bucketloads, obviously. Till then people like Scott Snyder will have to be content with using Black Adam… DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5
(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Gary Frank
The Comedian lives! The Mime and Marionette loose in Gotham City! Rorschach is locked in the bowels of Arkham Asylum! Secrets will be revealed as the Doomsday Clock ticks on… SRP: $4.99 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6
(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Gary Frank
The critically acclaimed super star team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank continue this groundbreaking event as the Mime and the Marionette take center stage in DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6. In Shops: Aug 29, 2018
- Monday, December 18, 2017Geoff Johns Announces Doomsday Clock Skip Month as Rorschach Investigates the BatcaveIn a tweet, Doomsday Clock writer and Chief Creative Officer of DC Geoff Johns shared a tease for the next issue in the Watchmen-meet-the-DC Universe event, as the two universes finally meet on the page.
- Wednesday, November 22, 2017When Alan Moore Talked About DC Comics And Watchmen Sequels…. Back In 2010This is a reprint of an interview that ran between Bleeding Cool contributor Adi Tantimedh and Alan Moore back in 2010, as news of the Before Watchmen prequels was beginning to leak out, collectively referred to at the time as Watchmen 2, even if it was an inaccurate title. Today sees the publication of Doomsday Clock #1 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, an actual Watchmen sequel. As the website embargoes over Doomsday Clock #1 are lifted, it seemed an appropriate time for a re-run.
- Wednesday, November 22, 2017Why Doomsday Clock Was Always Destined For Success, Despite The Moral ImplicationsWell, you’ve all done it now. Doomsday Clock #1 appears to be a wild success, with DC Comics already announcing a second printing the same day the comic hit stores. In a press release, DC wrote: The wait is over, and the end is here! The release of DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1, from the New York Times best-selling writer/artist team of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, was celebrated with a series of midnight events at over 1,000 comic book stores across the United States and United Kingdom. Due to the incredible demand for the series that promises to bring the WATCHMEN characters and the DC Universe together for the first time, DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 has already gone back to the printer.Fans had the opportunity to reject a comic symbolizing the mistreatment of comic book creators and the exploitation of their creations for commercial gain, but instead they chose to embrace the merging of the DC and Watchmen universes, ensuring that DC will continue to produce Watchmen sequels for decades to come. But honestly, did anyone expect any less? Comic book fans are notoriously unable to resist a crossover, no matter much they may complain about it on the internet. It’s why Marvel does three or four of them a year, in addition to a central super-mega-crossover event, despite promising to take a break from it after every one. It’s why prices keep rising exponentially higher than the rate of inflation — we’re willing to pay them, so why not? It’s why we keep getting sales gimmicks prioritized over worthwhile stories. It’s why we have shocking character deaths followed almost immediately by shocking character births, why we have semi-annual universe shattering status quo changes, why we have line-wide events driven by a character becoming a Nazi. Sure, this stuff causes overall lasting damage to the industry in the long term, but in the short term, in the confines of a flawed and insular direct market monopoly, it sells better than anything else. We reap the comic book industry we sow. So of course it’s an industry where pillaging beloved properties against the wishes of their creators is rewarded with success and acclaim. That was always going to be the case.
- Tuesday, November 21, 2017Another Take On Doomsday Clock #1’s November 22nd Opening Date From WatchmenThis opening scene from Doomsday Clock #1, by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, published by DC Comics tonight at 11:57 p.m. in midnight-opening stores, or tomorrow at stores where they like to go to bed. It’s also November 22nd tomorrow, albeit 2017 rather than the 1992 of the opening scene.
- Tuesday, November 21, 2017The Morality Of Reading, Writing, And Publishing Doomsday ClockTonight sees the publication of Doomsday Clock #1 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. There are lots of people who say it shouldn’t exist, as a major act of creative betrayal. There are others who can’t see the problem. This is a small attempt to navigate a way through. Chase Magnett wrote a much longer and more comprehensive version over on Comics Bulletin, and I will no doubt echo some of his points — but hope I add a few others into the mix. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons pitched Watchmen to DC Comics in 1985, after a number of previous attempts by Moore to pitch a similar series using characters DC owned. But with Gibbons, they created characters, and a world, anew. It was also touted as a creator-owned project in a day when such a thing from Marvel and DC was still a novelty. The contract is believed to assign rights to DC Comics on a temporary basis, and will relinquish them when the comic goes out of print. The thing is that this was at a time when comics had never stayed in print. Collections were rare, and even those that were published went out of print shortly afterwards. Watchmen was the first DC graphic novel to stay in print. The second was V For Vendetta. The exact same issue applied. The series came out to acclaim. Then the first indication that DC was playing with the intent of contracts was when a Watchmen button set was released without Moore or Gibbons receiving any royalties for it. Despite being sold at a premium price, DC had decided it was a promotional effort, therefore they did not need to pay royalties. The original agreements saw everyone very sure about what the contracts meant — creators and executives. But afterwards, suddenly it could be up for far more interpretation than either side originally intended. As print after print was made of Watchmen, pioneering the trade paperback market for comics, Moore and Gibbons attempted to renegotiate the terms of the contract to reflect the new reality. DC Comics declined to do so, and in classic form, Moore withdrew his labour. He stopped working for them. The man who had written Swamp Thing, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The Killing Joke, and more… left. The massive crossover event he had pitched (and sold to them), Twilight Of The Superheroes, went unwritten and unpublished. He set up his own publisher, Mad Love, and would then work for other publishers. DC Comics had killed the golden goose. The original Watchmen deal can be compared to the Writers Guild deal for television — when DVD boxsets came along and changed the TV and film industries, and where the profits were made, studios were unwilling to renegotiate contracts agreed before DVDs were invented. And so the writers went on strike. Eventually the studios capitulated and contracts were renegotiated. DC Comics did not — they had plenty of other writers. The thing is, none of them were Alan Moore. Moore wrote for Image Comics and was compensated far more for his efforts. And then for Image Comics studio Wildstorm, he created the America’s Best Comics line, making a work-for-hire line to get better page rates for the artists. And DC Comics bought it. This began what Moore sees as a long history of harassment by the publisher, constantly trying to get him to work for them again, when he had no interest. A firewall was set up to keep Moore independent of DC Comics — even his cheques would come from somewhere else. But eventually that fell apart, and when The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier was gutted by DC publisher and president Paul Levitz against, it seemed, the advice of DC’s own lawyers, it was too much for Moore. This was also at a time when Warner Bros. was making a V For Vendetta movie that he wanted nothing to do with. In an interview, he stated he wanted his name off the movie and the money sent to artist David Lloyd, that he was withdrawing League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen from DC Comics (this had remained fully creator-owned, as it had been sold as a movie to Fox by Moore and Kevin O’Neill before the Wildstorm deal was agreed), and he was off again. If it has been perceived that Moore is in a bad mood with DC Comics, much of it is down to their continual attempts to work with him when he has decided he doesn’t want to anymore, and using intermediaries to intercede on his behalf. And that’s where the stalking allegations come in — DC Comics is, for want of a better term, a “bunny boiler”. They won’t leave him alone, and he has burnt through a number of relationships with friends whom DC persuaded to talk to Moore on their behalf. Alan Moore didn’t want a movie of Watchmen or a TV series. It was a comic, that was meant to be the point. Done in one, as well; no need for prequels of sequels. That’s what he wants, and in all their dealings, that’s not what DC wants. And so, while DC has appeared to be more willing to negotiate with Moore as of late, he doesn’t want anything to do with them. Dave Gibbons did a deal for the Before Watchmen prequels, receiving a large sum of money in return for a sentence offering mild support for the project. But when Doomsday Clock came around, he didn’t even get an email to let him know. He found out about it on a popular comic blog. One other thing is that there are serious questions regarding the validity of the original contract. Moore may not want to pursue any legal action; he had his fill of that with League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. But one day, he will no longer be with us in his physical form. And whoever maintains his estate may have a different view. And tonight we will have Doomsday Clock, which will see the characters of Watchmen and DC Comics meet. It seems the very anathema of the intention of the original series. Just know this going in: claim your hypocrisy, your moral weakness, as I will claim mine. And don’t blame it on someone else being grouchy as a way to dissonate it all away and make yourself feel better. Hrm.
- Saturday, October 07, 2017Is ‘Doomsday Clock’ Stealth Marketing for HBO’s Watchmen TV Series?There was great fanfare and fangasms over Doomsday Clock, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank‘s fanfic sequel to Watchmen that’s supposed to bring the characters over to the DC Universe for all kinds of crossover shenanigans. There was also some recent buzz over Damon Lindelof‘s announcement that he was about to embark on preproduction on HBO’s upcoming TV series of Watchmen. So could the announcement of Doomsday Clock be part of a cross-corporate campaign to market HBO’s upcoming Watchmen TV series? This is all pure speculation, so you may dismiss it as you see fit.
- Friday, October 06, 2017Geoff Johns: No Crossovers. Not An Event. The Only Thing To Read Before Doomsday Clock Is WatchmenAt the Doomsday Clock panel at New York Comic Con, DC Chief Creative Officer and writer of Doomsday Clock, Geoff “Jeff” Johns, wanted everyone to understand one thing about Doomsday Clock: it’s not a super-mega-crossover event.
- Wednesday, September 20, 2017HBO Geenlights Pilot For Lindelof’s Series AdaptationTo either the delights or fears of comic books fans around the world, Damon Lindelof‘s adaption of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986 limited comic series Watchmen just took a major step towards full series status this afternoon when HBO confirmed that it has greenlit a pilot order and additional scripts. Though pilot and script orders don’t necessarily guarantee a series order, there are a number of things that this adaptation has going for it. HBO is losing a major tentpole series when Game of Thrones leaves the air after its eighth season, and they still haven’t found a series to replace it yet. Watchmen would get HBO into the superhero business while still working with well-respected and R-rated source material (very similar to George R.R. Martin‘s works). With Lindelof, you have an experienced showrunner being brought into the HBO fold for possible projects beyond this one.
- Wednesday, September 20, 2017DC Comics To Release Doomsday Clock #1 At 11:57PM, Tuesday, November 21stDC Comics has had midnight release events before, in which comic stores are given permission to sell a new release at midnight on the day of release, rather than waiting for the store’s general opening hours. These generally happen when there are special variant covers available, that sort of thing. Well, because this is Doomsday Clock #1 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, playing up on the Watchmen imagery, they are releasing it three minutes early. The Doomsday Clock is meant to indicate how long humanity has to its destruction, based on the lifespan of the human race so far. In Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the imagery on the cover moved from 12 minutes to midnight, to midnight, over the length of the series. In real life, the Doomsday Clock was moved forward from three minutes to two minutes to midnight after the war of words over Korea. The 11:57 PM release event for Doomsday Clock on the evening of Tuesday, November 21st (hrm, an unexpected birthday gift) will see participating stores receive Gray Frank lithographs, badges/pins, a black-and-white 11:57PM release exclusive cover Which might, at a guess, look a little something like this.
- Wednesday, September 13, 2017In December, DC And Watchmen Characters Will “Collide” In Doomsday Clock #2I can picture the scene. Hal Jordan trips over his shoelace, and loses his balance, stepping forward, leaning further with each step. Simultaneously, Nite-Owl is getting tickled by Silk Spectre, tries to dodge in panic and doesn’t see a Green Lantern’s noggin heading towards him and suddenly… bonk! I expect something like this in Doomsday Clock #2 in December from Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. Because the solicit for that issue promises that “DC and Watchmen characters collide at last and I am choosing to interpret that literally. DOOMSDAY CLOCK #2
(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Gary Frank
DC and Watchmen characters collide at last! The story that began in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 comes to a thrilling and unexpected crescendo in the pages of this titanic twelve-issue series by the all-star team that brought you BATMAN: EARTH ONE and SHAZAM!
In this second chapter: The Dark Knight discovers another relic from the Watchmen world. Lex Luthor pays a devil’s bargain. And killer clowns trek through Gotham seeking a madman.
In Shops: Dec 27, 2017
SRP: $4.99That relic is probably the journal, right? Lex Luthor and Adrian Veidt might have much to share. And is that one of the three Jokers?
- Thursday, July 20, 2017Who Watches The Watchmen? Geoff Johns Does, At San Diego Comic-Con With The First Panels Of ‘Doomsday Clock’At the Geoff Johns spotlight panel at San Diego Comic-Con, you get a massive DC Doomsday Clock pin for coming along! You get a massive DC Doomsday Clock pin for coming along! Everyone gets a massive DC Doomsday Clock pin for coming along!
- Monday, June 12, 2017The First Time Watchmen And DC Comics Characters Officially Crossed OverIn 1987, Who’s Who, the DC Comics guide to their characters, included characters from Watchmen.
- Monday, May 15, 2017The Page Of Watchmen You’ll Want To Read Before You Pick Up Flash #22 This WeekThis week’s Flash #22 by Josh Williamson and Neil Googe, from a plot by Geoff Johns, is the final issue of The Button and is intended to lead directly into Doomsday Clock by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, scheduled for November. And, yes, they scheduled the release for last night, because they knew stuff would start leaking today. Or is it that stuff has started leaking today because they released it last night? Cause and effect, the very thing that Dr Manhattan seems to reject… We may engage with the details of that. Just not yet. This is basically a semi-spoiler for Flash #22 but does so without running anything that’s in the comic, not directly. Instead, it’s a reminder of a scene from Watchmen, both in comic book and movie form. Here is the comic book page.
- Monday, May 15, 2017Could Our New, Hopeful Superman Be Sacrificed To Watchmen And The Doomsday Clock?Here’s the DC Press Release; In the most anticipated story of the year, New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns confirms Watchmen will make an epic return to the DC Universe this November. As “The Button” crossover comes to a close in FLASH #22 this Wednesday, the four page epilogue affirms the mystery will continue with DOOMSDAY CLOCK from Johns and legendary artists Gary Frank and Brad Anderson. “It’s time. Last year, the DC Universe confronted the legacy of Watchmen in Rebirth the way Watchmen confronted the legacy of superhero comics three decades ago,” explains writer Geoff Johns. “Thematically, and metaphorically, there was no better choice than to use Dr. Manhattan. If you’re going to have a conflict between optimism and pessimism, a battle between the very forces of hope and despair, you need to have someone who personifies the cynicism that has leaked into our hearts and also has the ability to affect the entire DCU. It’s all paying off this November with DOOMSDAY CLOCK.” “DOOMSDAY CLOCK is a story for fans who love the DC Universe and Watchmen and want to see what a master of this genre creates when he puts them together,” says Frank. “As for my artistic approach to the series, each panel is extremely detailed and I am constantly thinking through the position of every single element.” Well, how is that for an announcement to break late on a Sunday night? Doomsday Clock is coming, and according to Geoff Johns, it will mainly focus on two people: Superman and Doctor Manhattan. Since Rebirth launched, Superman has been the standout character. He has been reinserted as the focal point of the DC Universe, and it has been amazing. As a long-time fan, a hopeful and good Superman is all we have wanted for years now. The return of hope and light to the DC Universe has been welcomed with open arms by this Superman fan, specifically his self-titled series by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason.
- Thursday, April 27, 2017Final Part Of Watchmen Crossover “The Button” In Flash #22 Is Running Late…We wouldn’t normally report on comic books that have been delayed a week — it usually takes a month to make it newsworthy. But, you know, it is The Flash. And the conclusion of the rather popular Batman crossover storyline, The Button, will now come out on May 17th rather than the intended May 10th. And The Flash #23 will now come out on May 31st, the Fifth Week slot reserved for Annuals and late comics, instead of its original May 24th slot. Other late DC Comics include Justice League/Power Rangers #4 which has slipped from last week’s 19th April to 17th May, with #5 from 10th of May to the fifth week catch-all, May 31st.
- Tuesday, April 25, 2017Can Batman And Flash Make The Watchmen Button Less Radioactive In Flash #21?Comics Beat has been handed the most-desired preview of this week’s Flash #21. I bet CBR, Newsarama and Comic Book are steaming. Cos, it’s all about the radioactivity of the Watchmen smiley button. Watchmen being radioactive in other people’s hands, maybe?
- Tuesday, April 18, 2017What Do You Get When You Cross Watchmen’s Button With Psycho Pirate’s Mask? Batman #22 Tells You…In Watchmen, the smiley face button was a symbol worn by The Comedian. Thrown through a window to his death, the button was picked up by Rorschach as a potential clue as to the identity of the murdered man. The image and position of the bloodspot on the badge is echoed through the comic, the crater on Mars, the hands on the Doomsday clock and more, as it became a symbol of the whole story, something shiny and happy, now tarnished by death and mortality, what Watchmen does to the superhero story. And it fills the book, watching the Watchmen with its cold, dead eyes. The actual button has its blood cleaned off it, but it symbolically lives on throughout the story, and spreading beyond, infecting the acid house movement and launching legal cases in its wake. So, naturally, DC Comics couldn’t leave well alone, and in DC Rebirth, they had Batman find it, still splattered with blood, in the Batcave, behind the letter that had been given him by The Flash from the Flashpoint reality, where Thomas Wayne was the Batman and his son, Bruce, died…. In tomorrow’s Batman #22, the button starts acting up. With Psycho Pirate’s mask, taken from the man Batman rescued from Bane’s keep.
- Thursday, February 16, 2017Geoff Johns Has Plotted The Batman/Flash Watchmen Crossover – And It’s Heading To FlashpointThe solicitations for Batman #21-22 and Flash #21-22, telling the Watchmen themed crossover featuring the Watchmen smiley button found lodged in the Batcave have Tom King and Josh Williamson as writers respectively for their own titles. But on Twitter, Tom King has elaborated… and brought in a certain DC President who set this plotline going in the DC Universe: Rebirth Special. Plot by the legend, Geoff Johns; script by @Williamson_Josh (Flash chapters) and me (Batman chapters). Hope you love it! https://t.co/VTEswQXrLT — Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 16, 2017 Geoff Johns! Still allowed to write comic books! And with this Batman #22 cover, it looks like he’s heading back to Flashpoint – with a Thomas Wayne Batman standing over the bodies of Martha and Bruce Wayne. That letter that got sent from Thomas to Bruce via The Flash through the dimensions looks like it may be coming back into play…
- Wednesday, February 08, 2017Jason Fabok’s Flash Watchmen Button Lenticular Cover- With Reverse Flash?We previously showed off this lenticular cover to Batman #21 – which has to be ordered further in advance. Well, now we get a look at Jason Fabok‘s Flash #21 cover, complete with Reverse Flash racing for the button…
- Monday, January 16, 2017How Jason Fabok’s Watchmen Covers For Batman And Flash In April Came About…This is how the Flash and Batman lenticular covers by Jason Fabok will look, as you flick from left to right. But what was the process? He’s been breaking it down for us as Batman and the Flash investigate the origins of the smiley face button that appeared on the wall of the Batcave. With a separate background…
- Tuesday, January 10, 2017Was That A DC Watchmen Reference In The Fall And Rise Of Captain Atom #1?You might expect a reference or two to Watchmen in the new Fall And Rise Of Captain Atom book, especially as Dr Manhattan was based on Captain Atom, and Captain Atom was then recreated to be more like Dr Manhattan. Indeed, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely created a Multiverse world that uses the Charlton characters in increasingly Watchmen ways, which DC seems to have currently forgotten about. Because the actual Watchmen characters appear to have been invading the DC Universe, and we've been watching out for signs. Is this the latest? Compare this speech from the first issue…
- Thursday, January 12, 2017Batman/Flash Crossover Will Investigate Watchmen Button, Bring Back Lenticular Covers In AprilIt looks like Batman and The Flash will be crossing over in April, according to a press release sent out by DC. In a four issue storyline called “The Button” that will apparently run through Batman #21 and #22 and The Flash #21 and #22, Flash and Batman will team up to investigate the mystery of the bloodstained button from Watchmen found in The Batcave. The press release promotes the crossover as the next stage in the story started by Geoff Johns’ DC Universe Rebirth #1, and implies it will lead into a larger story. “What begins as a simple investigation soon turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party – and it’s not who anyone suspects! This is a mystery woven throughout time, and the countdown starts here!”We know that DC is planning a big Summer Batman event from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, but that event has been described as fun and not mired in continuity, which doesn’t sound like an event bringing The Watchmen into the DCU. Could it be something else? More importantly though, the press release reveals that all four issues will feature “special lenticular covers.” The 3D lenticular covers used for DC’s Villain’s Month/Forever Evil event, the first super-mega-crossover event of the Nu52 reboot, turned into a disaster, known as the 3Dnado, when lenticular material shortages led to allocations for comic book stores. Well, a disaster depending on your perspective, we suppose. If you managed to get the covers, you could have made a lot of money on ebay… as long as you didn’t leave them in your car with the windows closed, as they were also known to melt. The original 3Dnado was one of the most frequent causes of resets of the Has DC Done Something Stupid Today counter in history. The regular creative teams of Batman’s Tom King and Jason Fabok and The Flash’s Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter will write and draw the crossover in April. While the regular issues will hold the line at $2.99, the lenticular covers, drawn by Fabok, will be $3.99.
- Sunday, January 01, 2017Geoff Johns To Write New Watchmen Comics In 2017President and CCO of DC Entertainment, Geoff Johns wrote the DC Rebirth Speciallast year – and introduced the words of Ozymandias and Dr Manhattan into the DC Universe. And since then, Flash, Titans, Action Comics, Superman, Detective Comics and Batman have continued to tease the involvement of Watchmen in the Rebirthed DC Universe, with Dr Manhattan blamed for stealing time, for the creation of the New 52 DC Universe, while Ozymandias is blamed for stealing Doomsday and Red Robin while messing with the life of Superman, Clark Kent, Lois Lane and more.We knew this was to be a two year storyline and would reach a conclusion in 2018. But we also know there have been promises and teases of a new Justice Society Of America comic tied into all this. Back in earlier Rebirth rumours, the majority of which have come to fruition, we said that a new series would see the JSA brought forward from the past to the present, young, and that everyone had forgotten they existed.Anyway. As the West Coast celebrated New Year’s Eve and the arrival of 2017, Geoff Johns tweeted that he would be writing comics again for DC this year, with a very specific image. He may be writing from Burbank, California now but his stories will be made in Manhattan… Watchmen 2? JSA? Both?
- Monday, November 28, 2016DC Comics To Address Atom, The Watchmen Button And Mr Oz In 2017This week sees the publication of DC Comics’ first Direct Currents Magazine, free to consumers and retailers (mostly). In it, co-publishers Dan DiDio will tell readers that 2017 will feature stories that explain what happened to The Atom, Ray Palmer in DC Rebirth Special #1. And that this will be the lead story in the new Justice League Of America series, for the new Atom, Ray Choi.
- Wednesday, August 03, 2016DC Comics To Reprint Each Issue Of Watchmen In Hardcover, And As A Box Set. Yes, Really.Okay, am I the only one who thinks this is really weird? DC Comics are to republish each issue of Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons in an individual hardcover format, and in a box set. And charge you $125 for the privilege.
- Thursday, May 26, 2016Gary Frank Redraws Dave Gibbons: DC Rebirth #1 And Watchmen #12We’ve been talking about how Geoff Johns has been seeding Watchmen characters throughout his run on the New 52 going back to Free Comic Book Day in 2012. Mr Oz being Ozymandias looks the closest to a lock. And there are plenty of obvious moments in DC Universe: Rebirth, mostly involving watches, clockfaces and dialogue. We noted how Pandora’s death was very reminiscent of Rorschach’s demise. But going back to check, we were surprised to see exactly how similar it was. Even own to the removal of the face covering. From Watchmen…
- Thursday, February 25, 2016DC Comics To Publish A Watchmen Coloring BookWhen DC Comics published Before Watchmen, it was everyone else’s turn to say “really?” And now that time has come again. Because DC Comic are publishing a Watchmen coloring book. Or, in other words, publishing Watchmen in black-and-white on non-shiny paper. $15.99, it will be out in mid-November. Just in time for Alan Moore‘s birthday. No one send it to him as a present, okay? Maybe you could send the Supergirl coloring book instead…