Doomsday Clock is a lot of things for DC Comics. It’s the much awaited/highly controversial sequel to Watchmen, depending on where you stand. It’s the next big event with major implications on the DC Universe’s continuity in the vein of Crisis on Infinite Earths. It’s a personal response from superhero comics to Watchmen, from a creative team who have embodied the genre for decades.
However, at it’s heart, Doomsday Clock is a story about two super men with different philosophies: Clark Kent and Jon Osterman, or as they’re better known, Superman and Doctor Manhattan. One issue in, the scope of Doomsday Clock is relatively small and focused on the Watchmen world, but we know that things are going to get cosmic and multiversal at some stage, which begs the question: How does the structure of Grant Morrison’s Multiversity affect Doomsday Clock?
Worlds Within Worlds
The DC Multiverse is in a weird state of flux right now, and it’s mostly because people ignored Convergence. Grant Morrison worked for nearly a decade on The Multiversity, a series of one-shots featuring different Earths in DC’s 52 world multiverse which played with the form of comics in a way no superhero comic had attempted and cast the reader itself as the villain. At the end of The Multiversity, the heroes of Operation Justice Incarnate discovered there were other multiverses out there, which was a neat quirk which allowed for the existence of the Marvel multiverse, or the multiverse of the CW shows, or the multiverse of the Injustice games. The cosmic scope of the DC Universe changed drastically and opened up in a big way, but at the same time, Convergence was doing something quite different.
Convergence was a two-month long event that replaced the main line of DC Comics to cover for the publisher’s move from New York to Burbank, California but it ended in a big way that should have had lasting changes to continuity. The even ended with pre-Flashpoint Superman and Parallax Hal Jordan traveling back in time to change the events of the original Crisis on Infinite Earths so that the the infinite multiverse remained, although the worlds that had been updated in The Multiversity remained updated. Even for DC Comics, this was overly complicated and not explained properly, so since then most comics have continue to address the multiverse as one composed of fifty-two worlds, with comics such as Green Lanterns and Superman exploring these worlds ever so slightly.