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.
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.
New DC December solicitations are out and the two covers of Doomsday Clock #2 are revealed:
I’m not recognising the costume on the left – the black and white socks/leggings, the black corset with the red buttons and frilled collar. The only things that’s springing to mind is the Harlequin but I’m not convinced. The Nostalgia bottles and case in the bag labelled ….NITE aren’t clues either.
But on the left, his hand resting on Lex’s right shoulder? That’s clearly the armband of Ozymandias and as the solicitation says
DC and Watchmen characters collide at last!
it seems likely that at least one other Watchmen character besides Dr Manhattan is making their way to the DCU. Which makes me wonder if this bit of the solicitation:
And killer clowns trek through Gotham seeking a madman.
is referring to Rorschach – is he the madman?
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.