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.
Yep, they’re making them and you can see a bunch of photos here.
The Comedian doesn’t look bad, but the Marionette? That waist looks way too thin:
And there’s something wrong about the Dr Manhattan figure . . . something missing . . .
Oh wait, I know what it is:
There you go, Doc.
And, just because this instantly popped into my head when I saw the article:
Indeed, Rorschach, indeed . . .
As soon as I started Red Skull’s dialogue, I couldn’t help but hear Inspector Kemp from Young Frankenstein so ended up pinching his footsteps line.
Is that kitchen set too big . . . or are the characters too small?
I’ve never been a big fan of this whole Black Friday thing – I’m sorry to my American readers, but it’s another example of the UK hanging on to the coat-tails of our friends across the pond and making otherwise sensible people rush to stores at ungodly hours in order to pick up things that they may not actually want just because the price has been reduced.
That said, Comixology have a Black Friday sale where a whole bunch of graphic novels have been massively reduced. So I put on my Hat of Hypocrisy to drown out my own conscience and bought . . .
Batman/The Flash: The Button – with Doomsday Clock #1 landing this week, I thought it was the perfect time to pick up (and read – man, it’s a fast read) this almost prequel where Reverse Flash meets his end (again) and it became as clear as possible that Dr Manhattan was meddling with the DCU.
Harley’s Little Black Book – I’ve been picking up the trades of Harley’s main series and if this is anywhere near as much fun, I’ll look forward to reading it.
Trinity of Sin – damn you, spur of the moment! For reasons that escape me, I actually bought the Pandora series that promised (and failed) to explain why she was so important to the creation of the New 52, but didn’t bother with this series that only lasted for six issues.
Watchmen Noir – and bringing it full circle, I picked up another version of Watchmen, this one the black and white version which, having read the first half dozen or so pages, looks absolutely gorgeous.
Each of the above was a mere £2.99; there’s plenty of other stuff in there that I might be tempted to as well.
You know, if I were one of those people who liked to pick up things that they may not actually want just because the price has been reduced . . .