DC Comics has spent more than a year building toward the highly anticipated Doomsday Clock, which will see classic heroes and villains cross paths with characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal Watchmen. Some may find the next couple of months an exceptionally long wait, but now DC has announced nationwide release parties for especially impatient readers.
Held by select comic shops at 11:57 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, the same time shown on the clock face that serves as the event's logo, the parties will allow fans to get their hands on Doomsday Clock #1 just ahead of its white release on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Black-and-white variant covers, promotional pins and lithographs designed by artist Gary Frank will also be available.
Writer Geoff Johns earlier this year explained the decision to introduce some of Watchmen's characters into the DC Universe, saying, “Thematically, and metaphorically, there was no better choice than to use Doctor Manhattan. If you’re going to have a conflict between optimism and pessimism, a battle between the very forces of hope and despair, you need to have someone who personifies the cynicism that has leaked into our hearts and also has the ability to affect the entire DCU. It’s all paying off this November with Doomsday Clock.”