While the already-delayed DC Comics event Doomsday Clock suffers more and more delays over the release of the upcoming Doomsday Clock #9, artist Gary Frank apologized for the delays on his Twitter and posted an unused scene from the upcoming issue as a sign of appreciation to the fans for their patience.
While it's not totally clear where this moment was supposed to take place, the image posted was penciled, inked and apparently cut from a subsequent draft. It shows Lois Lane, The Daily Planet reporter and Superman's wife, getting a call on her cell phone from Superman 's nemesis, Lex Luthor.
Sorry for the delays. I feel like we owe you something for your patience so here’s something that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise as the scene was cut in a subsequent draft. pic.twitter.com/GnAdaOPN1Y— Gary Frank (@1moreGaryFrank) January 24, 2019
In Doomsday Clock, Luthor has had a fairly prominent role since he was confronted by the vigilante Ozymandias, who tried to convince Luthor to help him find Doctor Manhattan in Doomsday Clock #2. Both men were attacked by the supposedly-deceased Comedian, and Luthor was rushed to the hospital where he survived his injuries.
During his recovery in Doomsday Clock#5, he was confronted by Lois Lane about his involvement in the ongoing "Superman Theory" conspiracy, and he suggested that a metahuman who was one of the founding members of the Justice League was responsible for creating superhumans for the government.
One of the panels features newspaper headlines which reference the events in Doomsday Clock #8 in which Superman attempted to reverse an international incident in Moscow involving Firestorm that created a massive explosion that disabled much of the world's technology.
It seems like this could shatter the already-fragile trust between Superman and a public that's increasingly distrustful of superheroes. As if that wasn't enough, the solicitations for Doomsday Clock #9 seem to suggest that DC's heroes will finally have to deal with Dr. Manhattan too.
Doomsday Clock #9, by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, is set to be released on Feb. 20, 2019.