Tom King likes Watchmen. But then, don't we all? Recently DC Comics has been reviving Watchmen with prequels like Before Watchmen, unauthorised sequels like Doomsday Clock and integrating the characters of Watchmen into the DC Universe by having Dr Manhattan blamed for the New 52 revival, bringing Thomas Wayne and Jor-El back from the dead, as well as messing around with DC continuity and sitting for a while in Metron's chair, passing his powers on to Wally West. Tom King mostly sat out of the Batman crossover stuff with The Button and The Price, but it appears he may be heading nuts deep into Watchmen territory.
In November last year, we picked up on his research (Damon Lindelof replied on Instagram with a 'WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?' response. At the time some suggested that Tom King may be writing for HBO Watchmen Season 2. This Spring he would tweet-and-delete the following art by Jorge Fornés featuring Rorschach.
Which rather put the cat among the pigeons, following up with more, saying "working today on the final issue of an insanely ambitious maxi series that hasn't even been announced yet, which is weird, but everything is weird now. Anyway, when we all come back there'll be something hopefully awesome waiting for you all. If I do it right."Ben Keiser noted on Twitter the painting in the background in the lobby from a rather famous scene.
The painting is of Alexander The Great cutting the Gordian knot. This was a legendary famous knot that no one was able to unravel, but that Alexander solved by cutting it with a sword. It was how Ozymandias viewed his attempt to avoid nuclear armageddon by introducing a new alien threat. The Watchmen scene however, saw Ozymandias as sacrificing something about himself in the process, framed so that against the background, he is being crucified. Ozymandias also owns the Gordian Knot Locksmith seen throughout the comic, fitting his locks, and also enabling him to bypass them when he wishes to. The painting does not exist in the real worl, it was commissioned by Ozymandias.
What it is doing in Tom King and Jorge Fornes' comic is unknown. And hey, anyone recognise this one?
Anyway, in response, Tom King replied saying "I have no idea what you're talking about." But that was then. It would have been announced by now if not for a) pandemic and b) DC publisher Dan DiDio being fired. Originally t would have been out for August… might October be too soon? Let's keep reading those Rorschach leaves…