Geoff Johns gives details about “Doomsday Clock”

At the Comic Con International: San Diego, DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns spent some time talking about all things DC Comics—including the hotly anticipated Doomsday Clock story arc that he’s writing in partnership with Gary Frank’s art. 

Following last year’s kickoff to the current Rebirth era—the one-shot that Johns wrote (and is still the last comic he’s helmed), readers were made aware that it is in fact The Watchmen’s Doctor Manhattan that has been screwing with the DC heroes’ timeline. However, not many answers were given as to how or why there is a Watchmen/DC Comics crossover at hand. The Doomsday Clock aims to answer all of those. 

“If there’s one being out there who can mess with time in such a radical way and challenge hope, Doctor Manhattan is the guy,” Johns said of the ending to last year’s DC Universe: Rebirth.

The Doomsday Clock will be 12 issues long,“and it takes place a year in the future of the DC Universe, so that when the last issue comes out, the DC Universe will catch up,”Johns explained. “Everything from Rebirth and Metal and everything else, this will take place after all of that, and by the time issue #12 comes out, the rest of the DC Universe will catch up and be affected. You’ll see some changes to characters in this that you’ll see unfold and you’ll see events happen in the DC line that will then catch up to what we’re doing.”

“It’s a completely different story than anything I’ve ever done,” Johns told his audience, explaining that Doomsday Clock‘s artist is engaged by creating storytelling more than characters. “It’s nothing like anything Gary and I have ever done. The process is incredibly detail-oriented, and it has to be because of what we’re trying to do and what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Without a doubt, the crossover means that we will be seeing many DC heroes and villains interacting with Watchmen characters for the first time. Johns spoke about one interaction in particular:

“There’s so much great thematic and important stuff about what the DC Universe is, what these heroes mean to us, what the world faces on a daily basis, and what these heroes — DC’s in specific — speak to me and hopefully why they speak to you,” explained Johns. “That’s what the book is about. The book is a celebration of all of it; it’s a comic book that encompasses everything from Action Comics #1 in 1938 all the way till today, and it leads the DC Universe into tomorrow with issue # 12 — like, literally tomorrow. There’s a lot of things that I’m excited for you guys to see, but one scene in particular that I love: I love seeing the smartest man from one world talking to the smartest man from another — and the smartest man from DC is Lex Luthor — and that’s all I’ll say.”

Despite Lex Luthor’s involvement, it’s Luthor’s arch nemesis that will occupy the primary leading role. When asked about Superman, Johns retorted that, “Superman is the story.” 

Doomsday Clock launches this November.

Written by | Omar Hussain

Omar Hussain serves as the Publisher and Managing Editor of the Heroic Universe.