Last night at a spot formerly occupied by the infamous New York City nightclub known as The Tunnel, DC Comics gathered together a small group of reporters for an intimate event focused on Geoff Johns’ and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock. The 12 issue series is a sequel of sorts to Watchmen, Alan Moore’s and Dave Gibbons’ seminal series which is regarded by many as one of the best comics of all time.
Those are some big shoes to fill and Johns, who was in attendance at the event, knows it. While we can’t reveal any specifics about the things we saw last night or what was said, we can tell you that there was a collective buzz in the room. From the pomp and circumstance of the event, hosted in an art gallery style format with an open bar and a massive recreation of Niteowl’s lair’s doors, it’s clear that the creative team behind this book and DC as a whole wants to put their best foot forward when it comes to Doomsday Clock. And indeed, in some ways, they have to, given the controversy surrounding DC’s relationship with Alan Moore in general and in particular, in regards to Watchmen.
But honestly, while I can never judge a book before I’ve read it twice over, I will say that in spite of everything surrounding the politics of Doomsday Clock, I am excited for the book itself. It’s clear that this book means something important to Johns and the rest of the creative team– they very firmly believe they have something to say. And if that is indeed true and the final product lives up to this rising crescendo of hype…well, who knows? This could be the comic event of our time.
If you’re reading this post, you likely just came away from our Doomsday Clock panel liveblog. And you likely heard that at that event, everyone in attendance received a special ashcan with black and white versions of the first six pages. Thus, if you’re not at New York Comic Con, you might be, understandably, feeling a little left out in the cold. However, there’s no need to fuss. No need to worry or look up and shout “save us.” Luckily for you, the Comics Beat has a hi-res digital copy of the ashcan for your reading pleasure.