Geoff Johns' anticipated follow-through on 2016's DC Universe: Rebirth #1 has been revealed as a new miniseries titled Doomsday Clock. Reuniting with frequent collaborators Gary Frank and Brad Anderson, Johns is framing the title as Dr. Manhattan versus Superman and "the conflict between optimism and pessimism."
“It's time. Last year, the DC Universe confronted the legacy of Watchmen in 'Rebirth' the way Watchmen confronted the legacy of superhero comics three decades ago,” said Johns. “Thematically, and metaphorically, there was no better choice than to use Dr. Manhattan. If you’re going to have a conflict between optimism and pessimism, a battle between the very forces of hope and despair, you need to have someone who personifies the cynicism that has leaked into our hearts and also has the ability to affect the entire DCU. It’s all paying off this November with Doomsday Clock.”
Doomsday Clock is scheduled to launch in November 2017, although the length of the miniseries is unknown. A four-page epilogue to the current "The Button" crossover in this week's The Flash #22 will reportedly set the stage for the title.
“Doomsday Clock is a story for fans who love the DC Universe and Watchmen and want to see what a master of this genre creates when he puts them together,” says Frank. “As for my artistic approach to the series, each panel is extremely detailed and I am constantly thinking through the position of every single element.”