DC Entertainment's President & Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns shed some insight into the preview pages of Doomsday Clock #1 in a video made in-house by the publisher, breaking down each individual page.
The clip features Johns analyzing the six preview pages, starting with the first page which he stated is set explicitly in the Watchmen universe to pay tribute to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' epic story from the '80s. Apart from offering homage to Rorschach and Doctor Manhattan by mirroring Gibbons' opening page, Johns said the first three pages of Doomsday Clock #1 actually reflected the sociopolitical unrest of the world today, with everyone finding about about Ozymandias' deceitful actions to fix humanity, causing them to violently protest.
In assessing the final three pages, Johns explained the importance of chronology in the issue, the parallel drawn to world wars and the shutting down of the media, as well as the x-ray of a skull with a tumor that was found inside Ozymandias' office. Johns said that this was of particular importance as it "harkens back to Doctor Manhattan's interactions with people in the original," perhaps hinting, maybe, he also infected Adrian Veidt with cancer. Johns further added that the character at the "center of it all," revealed on the final preview page, is indeed Rorschach, who's apparently back from the dead.
"There are so many things throughout these first six pages alone that people should have a lot of fun just digging into and getting more and more meaning. These first six pages are so important because they set up the status of the world, the mysteries of it all, the cast of it all..." said Johns, who recently started revealing covers with Rorschach and Joker online, further hyping fans for what's to come.
Featuring characters like Superman, Batman and Lex Luthor, DC’s upcoming Watchmen crossover, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Gary Frank, has its first issue out November 22, though fans willing to stay up late can purchase it from participating stores at 11:57 PM on Nov. 21; Issue #2 will arrive in late December.