With Doomsday Clock in full swing, questions are being asked about where Dr Manhattan is hiding in the DCU. The possibility’s been raised that he might be masquerading as someone, perhaps a hero, but if so, then who?
Captain Atom is the obvious – perhaps too obvious – choice as he was the character Manhattan was based upon in the original Watchmen series.
Superman or Dr Fate are possibilities – one’s super strong, the other could be masquerading Manhattan’s reality altering abilities as magic.
Maybe he’s Zatanna – he could easily swap his gender if he wanted to hide in plain sight.
Or maybe . . . maybe he’s not a person at all . . . maybe he’s a thing . . . an object . . . carefully placed to listen in on superhero conversations . . .
Can we get a close up on that mug the Atom’s using?
Oh my God! He’s here, everybody – Dr Manhattan’s here!
Masquerading as a coffee mug!
I, for one, did not see that coming.
Scan from JLA #77, March 2003. And if Doomsday Clock references this mug, you read it here first, folks.