A Look Back at Doomsday Clock, Ahead Of Its #12 Finale

The unauthorised sequel to Watchmen, Doomsday Clock by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank will have its final chapter, #12 is out in a couple of weeks, December 18th. Alongside everything else it seems. A double-sized final issue, it will join Tom King's final Batman, the end of Scott Snyder's Doom War, the launch of James Tynion IV and Steve Epting's Hell Arisen, the conclusion of Josh Williamson and David Marquez's Superman/Batman first Infected arc. A lot, as has been pointed out, is coming together.

But will it? Doomsday Clock #11 finished with Superman and Dr Manhattan facing off. And the tease of #12 continues that, it seems.

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Meanwhile Batman turns up…

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…to meet the New Rorschach, alongside Pennyworth.

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And Superman goes in for the punch.

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A Look Back at Doomsday Clock, Ahead Of Its #12 Finale

Dr Manhattan being the one who created the current version of what he dubs the metaverse, the DC Universe from which all other realities spring.

A Look Back at Doomsday Clock, Ahead Of Its #12 Finale

As it was he who deleted the Justice Society of America from reality and changed the world,  and creating the New 52 iteration of the DC Universe.

A Look Back at Doomsday Clock, Ahead Of Its #12 Finale

And very different to his own clockwork reality, in which time is a fixed linear entity that he can travel back and forth through but never change. The Meta-verse keeps changing. Relaunching. Rebooting.

A Look Back at Doomsday Clock, Ahead Of Its #12 Finale

And is this the key as to how Doomsday Clock will fit with the rest of the DC Universe? Yet another change? Because, for a comic book set in the near future of the DC Universe, its lateness has meant there are certain discrepancies evident. The fact that the first issue had this near-future of the DC Universe with the Supermen Theory in full sway, as December 2017.

A Look Back at Doomsday Clock, Ahead Of Its #12 Finale

Then May 2019.

A Look Back at Doomsday Clock, Ahead Of Its #12 Finale

Has a Riddler who is very much still the Riddler rather than rejecting that identity (and look) entirely.

A Look Back at Doomsday Clock, Ahead Of Its #12 Finale

A Superman/Clark Kent who still have their secret identities in place… and for that matter a Luthor who is not a god.

A Look Back at Doomsday Clock, Ahead Of Its #12 Finale

A Batfamily with Nightwing – although that does look to be being reversed…

A Look Back at Doomsday Clock, Ahead Of Its #12 Finale

A living Alfred Pennyworth.

A Look Back at Doomsday Clock, Ahead Of Its #12 Finale

As it says, a world of extremes impossible to reconcile.

A Look Back at Doomsday Clock, Ahead Of Its #12 Finale

Could this be a Chekhov's Power Ring?

A Look Back at Doomsday Clock, Ahead Of Its #12 Finale

Answers (maybe) in a couple of weeks on December 18th…

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #12 (OF 12)
(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Gary Frank
This is it! The final showdown between Dr. Manhattan and Superman shakes up the DC Universe to its very core! But can even the Man of Steel walk out from the shadow of Manhattan?In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $5.99

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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