After much anticipation, HBO's Watchmen finally premiered, plunging viewers into an alternate version of the United States where police officers hide their identities under masks and squids rain from the sky. The Damon Lindelof-created series takes place in the present and works as a sequel of sorts to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal story.
Now, to celebrate the premiere of the premium cable drama, DC Co-Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee has shared a new piece of artwork featuring comic book's original characters.
I literally saved this image for over a year to post it on the day @watchmen aired on @hbo. Then spent two days looking for the file to do so on Sunday. Speaking of #watchmen —how fantastic was that first episode!? pic.twitter.com/Lv1Uko4CV5— Jim Lee (@JimLee) October 23, 2019
"I literally saved this image for over a year to post it on the day @watchmen aired on @hbo," Lee wrote. "Then spent two days looking for the file to do so on Sunday. Speaking of #watchmen —how fantastic was that first episode!?"
Lee's illustration features The Comedian, Nite Owl, Rorschach, Doctor Manhattan, Silk Spectre and Ozymandias striking a heroic pose, with Dan Dreiberg's owl ship Archie and Adrian Veidt's manufactured alien squid in the background.
HBO's Watchmen premiered Sunday, Oct. 20 and pulled in 1.5 million viewers.
Developed by Damon Lindelof, HBO's Watchmen stars Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison, James Wolk, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon. The series airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.