A new teaser image revealed at near the end of Geoff Johns' just-concluded Comic-Con International panel promoting his upcoming Doomsday Clock project may have finally answered a decades old question: Who watches the Watchmen?
If the teaser art is any indication, the answer is clear: the Justice League will have their eye on the infamous superteam.
The art, illustrated by Johns' Doomsday Clock collaborator, Gary Frank, showcases Superman, Batman, Green Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, Cyborg, Flash, Aquaman and, front in center, Wonder Woman, positioned against a starry background with the familiar phrase "Who Watches the Watchmen" above them in the familiar yellow Watchmen font.
“If there’s one being out there who can mess with time in such a radical way, and challenge hope, I figured Doctor Manhattan was the one,” Johns said of the ending closing pages of last year's "DC Universe: Rebirth" one-shot that kicked off the current era of the DC Universe. Later in the panel, he added, "When you do something as big as Doctor Manhattan, you want to really tell a story. I want to embrace it in a giant way.”
Johns admitted to the audience that Doomsday Clock is a “risky” story for him and Frank to tell. It will be 12 issues long — like Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen — and “it will take place a year from now in the DC Universe, so when the last issue is out, the rest of the DC Universe will catch up and be affected.” Johns made it clear that Doomsday Clock takes place after the soon-to-debut DC Comics event Dark Nights: Metal. “You’ll see events that will then catch up to what we’re doing.”
Over the course of the panel, Johns exhibited his excitement over what he, Frank and the rest of DC Comics' roster of creators have in store for fans as Rebirth and Doomsday Clock unfold into 2018. Additionally, he addressed concerns some fans have over whether the story will respect Moore and Gibbons' original creation. “I believe in the story," he said, "and we’re going to tell the best damn story we can."
As an additional tease, DC Comics tweeted out the following photos from the presentation, in which Johns shares some of Frank's artwork from the opening pages of Doomsday Clock #1.