Doomsday Clock Summary:
DC Comics presents to you a 12-issue maxiseries from the critically acclaimed team of writer Geoff Johns, artist Gary Frank and colorist Brad Anderson. You are not prepared for what lies ahead within these pages, good readers.
In 1985, Alan Moore stated that he and Dave Gibbons had discussed doing a prequel series to Watchmen entitled Minutemen, based around the team of the same name, if the original proved successful. While Dave Gibbons remained open to the possibility, Alan Moore ultimately declined. Other proposed spin-offs and prequels were vetoed equally adamantly by Moore, who believed Watchmen should remain a standalone story. The dispute over the rights to Watchmen between Moore and DC Comics ultimately meant that any future material produced from Watchmen as a franchise would be done without the original creator.
Meanwhile, the comic book industry underwent what is often referred to as “The Dark Age of Comic Books”, during which large crops of stories inspired by the success of Watchmen and Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns emerged. However, attempting to emulate their more mature themes and styles produced less than spectacular results, and overtime public opinion of comics as a medium dwindled as a result. This period ended with the crash of the comic book industry in 1996, when the market became oversaturated by countless copies of unappealing material, and the industry temporarily collapsed.
In 2010, DC Comics offered the rights to Watchmen back to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons in exchange for his cooperation in expanding Watchmen into a larger universe. Moore vehemently declined any continuation of Watchmen in any capacity, while Gibbons expressed his support at new creators getting to work on the property, leading to the publication of the Before Watchmen line of comics in 2012. Written by teams of different writers and creators, the line was met with a mixed response.
After several years of disappointing sales due to the failure of The New 52 and DC YOU Initiatives, DC decided to return to its roots with DC Rebirth, which introduced Watchmen to the broader DC Universe by hinting at Doctor Manhattan’s involvement in the restructuring of time and space which followed DC’s Flashpoint event. Rebirth proved a runaway success. Following the United States Presidential Election and a number of other events in late 2016, Geoff Johns, CCO and President of DC Comics, finalized the story for a sequel to Watchmen and the conclusion of the DC Rebirth initiative: Doomsday Clock.
- Doomsday Clock Issue #12 December 19, 2019
- Doomsday Clock Issue #11 October 18, 2019
- Doomsday Clock Issue #10 June 12, 2019
- Doomsday Clock Issue #9 June 12, 2019
- Doomsday Clock Issue #8 June 12, 2019
- Doomsday Clock Issue #7 June 12, 2019
- Doomsday Clock Issue #6 June 12, 2019
- Doomsday Clock Issue #5 June 12, 2019
- Doomsday Clock Issue #4 June 12, 2019
- Doomsday Clock Issue #3 June 12, 2019
- Doomsday Clock Issue #2 June 12, 2019
- Doomsday Clock Issue #1 June 12, 2019