At the start of the year, Geoff Johns teased his return to comics writing with a simple teaser image: The glowering brow of Watchmen's Dr Manhattan. Now we know just what he's up to, and it has huge ramifications for the DC comics universe.
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After months of intrigue from fans, the first big clues as to just what the hell is going on with Watchmen's integration into the DC universe are slowly being revealed in a new storyline stretching across the pages of Batman and The Flash. This week's entry didn't offer much in the way of major revelations, but it did have one hell of a twist.
Ever since DC began its Rebirth initiative, one giant mystery has hung over its comics: Just how the hell do the Watchmen play into the new DC universe? Today's Batman is the first issue in the saga that promises to reveal this mystery. It's light on revelations, but it already has us asking even more questions.
When DC Rebirth kicked off, Batman found the blood-dripped badge of the Comedian embedded in the wall of the Batcave, leaving him very confused but confirming to us that the world of Watchmen was coming to the DC universe. Since then, nothing much has really happened with it — but starting this April, that will change.
You might remember that the Watchmen movie was accompanied by a video game tie-in. It was called Watchmen: The End Is Nigh, and it was terrible. But Warner Bros. Interactive was apparently also pitched on a number of other possibilities, including one from the developers who worked on 2002's The Mark of Kri.
Recently, DC began making a huge move that pushed Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's legendary series Watchmen into the wider DC comics canon. And now that they are a part of that canon, DC would very much like you to pay a silly amount of money for new, premium versions of Watchmen again.
Bruce Timm is finally getting to adapt one of the most iconic (and controversial) Batman stories, The Killing Joke, but this is hardly the first time plans have been made by DC and Warner to turn Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's best-selling comic into a movie. They have tried twice before, and two very different scenarios caused them to hold off.
The bombshell is out: Rebirth has made the Watchmen part of the DC comics universe, and turned at least one of them into the biggest antagonist in the cosmos. It's been a controversial twist, but would DC's biggest competitor have done it, given the chance? According to Marvel Editor Tom Brevoort, absolutely.
Today is the day! DC Rebirth #1 is out, and with it, a crazy new chapter begins in the annals of DC Comics' long and storied history. There's a lot of big teases in this huge 80-page special — we've read through the whole thing and broke down the biggest reveals, and what they might mean for DC's multiverse going forward.
This week DC is heralding a new era for its comics, both creatively and in terms of its story, with the release of DC Rebirth #1. But they have just revealed some of the craziest ramifications to come out of the new issue, including one that changes the DC universe-at-large in some pretty dramatic ways.
Last week, Minutemen #1 — the first of DC Comics' suite of Before Watchmen projects — came out. This week, Silk Spectre #1 hits the stands. There's been heaps of controversy surrounding DC's decision to make more comics set in the beloved fictional universe created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' landmark 1986 series. And, like I've said before, the mere existence of these books isn't the end of everything sacred. In fact, they're both good comics.
As controversial as it's been, DC Comics' upcoming prequel to the Watchmen hold have also piqued the interest of comics fans everywhere. The book I'm most looking forward to is Minutemen, written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke. The lives of the first generation of costumed heroes — who were in a team called the Minutemen — in the Watchmen universe were only hinted at in the original masterpiece and this series will show more of their adventures.
If you listen to certain corners of the internet, the souls of comics fans everywhere are going to cry out for justice come June 6th. That's when DC Comics starts rolling out Before Watchmen, the controversial prequels to Alan Moore's beloved dystopian superhero opus.