After several issues of teasing, it seems that DC Comics' ongoing Doomsday Clock event series is finally ready to tackle the Justice Society of America's absence from the DC Rebirth continuity head on. As a way of making up for the fact that Doomsday Clock #9 was recently hit by another delay, series artist Gary Frank revealed a sneak peek at the upcoming Issue #10 on Twitter.
The page he shared features what appears to be the JSA's original meeting -- as made famous by the cover of 1940's All-Star Comics #3 -- reimagined in the artist's distinct style, with the Flash (Jay Garrick), Hawkman, Spectre, Doctor Fate, Sandman (Wesley Dodds), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Atom (Al Pratt) and Hourman all present and accounted for.
"I know the wait for 9 is frustrating but here's a glimpse of 10 to be getting on with," wrote Frank.
I know the wait for 9 is frustrating but here's a glimpse of 10 to be getting on with. pic.twitter.com/DOXxdWez5e— Gary Frank (@1moreGaryFrank) February 22, 2019
Notably, the variant cover for Doomsday Clock #10 features a young boy sitting outside and reading a copy of All-Star Comics #3, or at least an alternate version of it, that also features none other than Watchmen's Doctor Manhattan. This is all very curious, as it has been heavily implied that the JSA's absence from Rebirth largely comes down to in-universe meddling on Manhattan's part.
The previously released Doomsday Clock #7 revealed that Manhattan had, in fact, altered history, indirectly killing Alan Scott before he could become Earth's original Green Lantern, undoubtedly starting a chain of events that completely rewrote the history of the DC universe in the process.
However, with Johnny Thunder still searching for the truth and Lois Lane now seemingly savvy as to what happened to the timeline as well, it appears to be only a matter of time before the whole truth comes out regarding what exactly Manhattan has against DC's original superhero team.
Written by Geoff Johns with art by Gary Frank, Doomsday Clock #9 is scheduled to be released on Mar. 6, followed by Issue #10 on Mar. 27 and Issue #11 on May 22.