Doomsday Clock Pages

The first six pages of Doomsday Clock have been released, along with an interview with writer Geoff Johns.

And it looks like Ozymandias is in trouble, wanted for the murder of millions of people in the New York massacre.

Gary Frank’s art looks gorgeous, similar enough to Gibbons that it retains the Watchmen feel but still his own.

The interview’s interesting, although one line from Johns leapt out at me:

Johns said that Doomsday Clock isn’t necessarily a political book, but it is a book “about extremes.” He thinks people are being forced to pick strong sides, but Rorschach being an “apolitical” figure, refuses to pick a side.

Rorschach “apolitical”? The people to whom he mails his journal, whom he describes as the “only people [I] can trust” is the New Frontiersman, a right wing rag that’s about as far from apolitical as you can get.

If Johns has mis-read Rorschach, that’s not a good start.

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Hell(boy) Of A News Day

Okay so it was yesterday but I was off being in work and doing boring, grown up stuff like that.

First picture of David Harbour as Hellboy has arrived via Mike Mignola:

Ron Perlman nailed it, but even so, that’s a damn good Hellboy by anybody’s estimation.

And the other bit of good news is that Dark Horse will be publishing the entire Hellboy series in chronological order in omnibus editions next year!

Now, for the first time ever, Dark Horse Books will publish Mike Mignola’s award-winning Hellboy stories in chronological order with the HELLBOY OMNIBUS COLLECTION, creating the definitive reading experience for Hellboy fans and an ideal entry point for new readers.

I don’t know if I classify as a new reader as I’ve read a handful of stories but have always been a bit daunted at working out which trade to get first – I hate dipping in to something to find there were three books before hand – so these new omnibuses will definitely make my must buy list next year.

Another Doomsday Clock Cover

DC have released another variant for Doomsday Clock #1 and it’s gorgeous:

They’re clearly harking back to the black and white images that were done for the original series – you can see a Rorschach one that I posted here a few months back.

While that’s clearly Rorschach’s journal Batman’s reading, I can’t see how they could justify the character himself appearing. He’s dead on the Watchmen Earth so why would Dr Manhattan bring him back? Unless of course someone other than Manhattan were to bring him back . . . but that makes no sense either.

All will be revealed from November onwards, I guess.

Doomsday Clock Covers

I step away from the internet for a few days and what happens? DC release the first covers for the forthcoming Doomsday Clock series where Superman goes up against Dr Manhattan:

Somewhere along the line, I’d thought this was going to be a six issue series so was pleasantly surprised to note the cover saying “1 of 12”

All trepidation around mixing Watchmen with the DCU aside, that looks like a really nice piece of work from series artist Gary Frank.