Following yesterday’s reveal of two of the covers for Doomsday Clock #1, DC Comics subsequently released a third cover. As previously announced, the event series’ debut issue will sport a lenticular motion variant cover, while the full animated version has yet to be released, the publisher’s November solicitations offer a glimpse of what to expect — namely, the arrival of Rorschach in the DC Universe.
Though Doctor Manhattan’s involvement in the Rebirth era was pretty openly teased before being outright confirmed multiple times, the rest of the Watchmen cast’s potential involvement has remained a mystery. Ozymandias has been a front-runner favorite to be revealed as the mysterious Mr. Oz who has been pulling strings across the DCU since even before the DC Universe: Rebirth one-shot was released, and the Comedian’s iconic blood-splattered smiley face button has been a cornerstone piece of the entire Rebirth mystery.
However, we’ve seen little indication that other prime characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal Watchmen series were poised to come face to face with DC’s heroes and villains — until now.
The art for Doomsday Clock #1’s lenticular cover, seen below, is the unmistakable merging of Rorschach’s signature ink blot mask with the symbols of DC Comics’ Trinity: Superman (who we already know is at the center of the Doomsday Clock storyline), Wonder Woman and Batman. Whatever artwork this will morph into once the lenticular process is completed is almost a moot point — this is a clear indicator that Rorschach is coming to the DC Universe for the first time. The questions remains, however, how will he find his way to the DCU, and whose side will he be on when he arrives?
For over a year, DC’s heroes, from Batman to Superman to the Titans and Flash and beyond, have been uncovering clues leading them to an inevitable showdown with Doctor Manhattan and whomever might be working alongside him for reasons as yet unrevealed. Now, as we head towards 2018, the answers fans have been debating, pundits have theorized over and everyone is waiting to learn are set to be revealed in the pages of Doomsday Clock, and event series written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank.
This will be Geoff Johns’ first foray into comics since last year’s DC Universe Rebirth #1; he will be joined on the project by Gary Frank and Brad Anderson.
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