Year Seventeen

 

(2019)

 

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–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #3. Batman retires his costume and tailors a new model with a raised yellow-oval chest symbol.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5. (This item occurs three months prior to the main action of Doomsday Clock.) Jack Ryder (aka the Creeper), while on assignment for his news agency in Kahndaq, is abducted and held captive by King Kobra.

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–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5. (This item occurs one month prior to the main action of Doomsday Clock.) Black Adam begins a “war on terror,” defending his nation of Kahndaq against the growing threat of King Kobra within his borders.

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–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2 and Doomsday Clock #5. (This item occurs a few weeks prior to the main action of Doomsday Clock. Six months have passed since Dr. Helga Jace first published her Supermen Theory findings.) A tax fraud investigation into Simon Stagg stirs up evidence seemingly proving Dr. Helga Jace’s conspiracy in regard to Metamorpho. The Stagg investigation leads to the public release of Department of Metahuman Affairs classified documents, which confirm Metamorpho’s false origin and creation by the US government. The documents show that Metamorpho was (and has been) secretly working with his “arch-rival” Stagg and all of his other rogues, playing out a false hero-villain narrative for years, in order to mask their connections to the government. The public goes into an uproar. Batman is deeply troubled by this news, especially since he has worked closely with Metamorpho. Not long after, Jace’s Supermen Theory immediately gains even more traction (and is basically ubiquitously validated by the global public) when Dr. Kirk Langstrom publicly admits that his Man-Bat experimentation has always been secretly sponsored by the Department of Metahuman Affairs. Yet another of Batman’s allies has been working for the government on the down-low. Following his admission, Langstrom goes missing. Public trust in the metahuman community instantly drops to zero. Meanwhile, LexCorp, in its ongoing effort to upgrade its metagene research, finalizes purchases of Kord Industries, Genetech, and the Sunderland Corporation. The President of the United States denies that the Supermen Theory is true. (NOTE: The early December 2017 dates attached to this reference—taken from supplemental material in Doomsday Clock #2—must be ignored.)

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–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2. In the wake of the latest “Supermen Theory” revelations (which happened about a week-and-a-half ago), Russia forms a military alliance with Markovia. (NOTE: The December 11, 2017 date attached to this reference—taken from supplemental material in Doomsday Clock #2—is incorrect.)

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–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2 and Doomsday Clock #5. Sparked by the latest “Supermen Theory” revelations and the Russian-Markovian Alliance (which formed just over a week ago), Lex Luthor unleashes a highly-funded all-out anti-metahuman campaign. He demands that all superheroes and super-villains unmask, to which Superman publicly rebukes. Metamorpho’s longtime girlfriend Sapphire Stagg publicly turns on both Metamorpho and her father, Simon Stagg. Metamorpho and Stagg immediately go off-the-radar and into hiding. The next day, as Bruce attends a Martha Wayne Mental Health fundraiser, Luthor funds an act of industrial espionage aimed at stealing metagene research information from Wayne Enterprises. This failed thievery leads to the arrest of four Wayne Enterprises employees. Bruce speaks with the media about the situation and also reveals that Wayne Enterprises is purchasing Stagg Industries. Luthor, as he is so good at doing, denies involvement and distances himself from the crime completely. Undeterred by his inability to pilfer the metagene research, Luthor tries another means—corporate takeover. Luthor counters Bruce’s announcement by announcing his own interest in a LexCorp buyout of Wayne Enterprises, appealing directly to the Wayne Enterprises Board of Directors. (NOTE: The December 19-20, 2017 dates attached to this reference—taken from supplemental material in Doomsday Clock #2—are incorrect.)

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5-6. The original Killer Frost (Louise Lincoln) admits to being a Department of Metahuman Affairs agent. She also publicly accuses Firestorm, Firehawk, Captain Atom, Moonbow, and Typhoon of being secret DMA agents as well. Pozhar backs Louise Lincoln’s claims. Firestorm vehemently denies the accusation. The President of the United States continues public denials. (Moonbow and Typhoon are indeed actually DMA secret agents.) The author of the Superman Theory, Dr. Helga Jace, tells the news media that Geo-Force once secretly worked with Batman (as part of the clandestine Outsiders team). Geo-Force publicly denies having ever worked with Batman. Meanwhile, various nations—Russia, Markovia, France, Israel, the UK, India, China, Kahndaq, Iran, Australia, and Japan—begin assembling official government-sponsored super-teams in response to the ever-growing Supermen Theory conspiracy. (NOTE: It is unknown whether the late May or late July dates attached to this reference—taken from supplemental material in Doomsday Clock #5-6—are correct.)

–Doomsday Clock #2-4
On Earth-Watchmen the year is 1992, and chaos reigns supreme as the world has finally discovered the truth about Ozymandias‘ “alien attack” from years prior (as seen in the pages of Watchmen). With nuclear holocaust set to destroy all life on the planet, Ozymandias gathers a new Rorschach and husband-and-wife-criminal duo Marionette and The Mime to assist him on a quest to find Dr. Manhattan and convince him to save their world. (Ozymandias has traced Dr. Manhattan’s energy signature to Earth-0.) After Ozymandias shows Rorschach old security footage of Dr. Manhattan busting the couple but showing non-lethal mercy, the foursome (along with Ozymandias’ new pet lynx Bubastis) travel through the Bleed via Nite Owl‘s rigged-up Owlship just as Earth-Watchmen goes kablooey. On Earth-0, Bruce undergoes his annual psych exam, lying about what he sees in rorschach pictures as he does every year in order to pass. Afterward, Lucius Fox scolds him, telling him to take LexCorp’s recent industrial espionage more seriously. They also discuss the fact that Lex Luthor wants to purchase Wayne Enterprises in order to obtain their research on the metagene. With the espionage case linked to the “Supermen Theory” revelations, along with flames of paranoia being stoked by Russia and Markovia, anti-Batman protesters march throughout Gotham. Meanwhile, the Watchmen Universe characters arrive on Earth-0. Ozymandias handcuffs Marionette and the Mime to the inside of the Owlship before departing with Rorschach. After some research at the public library, Rorscach heads toward Wayne Manor while Ozymandias goes to LexCorp. Bruce ignores Lucius and suits up as Batman to bust an escaped Mad Hatter, Tweedledee (Deever Tweed), and Tweedledum (Dumfree Tweed). Rorschach, after a nap and breakfast in Wayne Manor, discovers the Batcave and trips the alarm. Batman returns home to confront him. Meanwhile, Marionette and the Mime escape (as part of Ozymandias’ plan). Concurrently, Luthor, fires (i.e. disappears) more failed scientists from his company. Ozymandias shows up and basically tells Lex the whole story of Watchmen. Out of nowhere, The Comedian (Edward Blake) returns! (At the time of his death, the Comedian was saved by Dr. Manhattan, whose cosmic spacetime alteration caused the Comedian’s fatal fall to land him safely in Earth-0’s Metropolis Harbor instead of splat on the sidewalk. However, since the events of the original Watchmen series happened unaltered, with the Comedian’s death still having seemingly occurred, we must assume one of the following two scenarios. Option one: Dr. Manhattan created a second aberrant Watchmen timeline, from which this returning Comedian hails. Option two: This is the original Comedian, and Dr. Manhattan saved and stole him away but created another Comedian body to act as a physical replacement on the unaltered Watchmen timeline.) The Comedian accidentally shoots Luthor while aiming for Ozymandias, who jumps through a window and crash lands, winding up unconscious and in the custody of the Metropolis PD. Meanwhile, Rorschach gives Batman the original Rorschach’s journal. While Batman reads, Alfred sets Rorschach up with dinner, a shower, and a place to sleep in Wayne Manor. Meanwhile, at an old folks home, a troubled 102-year-old Johnny Thunder ponders his life as the other geriatrics fight over the TV, switching between a Nathaniel Dusk movie from the 50s and news—featuring stories about an explosion in Germany linked to The Wild Huntsman, anti-metahuman protests, the ongoing global metahuman arms race, and Luthor’s latest metagene detector invention. The Mime and Marionette brutally kill everyone inside a Joker-run bar. (Joker has recently amassed a few properties and a small army of henchmen, each of whom are inked with Joker tattoos.) Twenty four hours later, having read the old Rorschach’s journal, Batman decides the current Rorschach is dangerous or crazy or both. With the backing of Arkham Asylum officials, the Dark Knight tricks Rorschach into accompanying him to Arkham, where he locks the latter in a cell. The next day, Batman—in disguise as a psychiatrist—interviews the troubled Rorschach. A day later, Batman debriefs Alfred in the Batcave. Concurrently, Saturn Girl opens Rorschach’s cell in Arkham. Having telepathically scanned his mind, she’s learned all about the history of Earth-Watchmen and that Rorschach is Reggie Long, mentally-scarred son of Malcolm Long, the original Rorschach’s psychiatrist. Reggie trained under elder vigilante Mothman (Byron Lewis) in a mental institution before becoming the second Rorschach, at which point he attempted to kill Ozymandias, but wound up reluctantly joining him instead. While Saturn Girl and Reggie escape, Dr. Manhattan watches everything unfold. He zaps a mosquito, which puffs into a smoke ring that resembles his signature hydrogen atom symbol. A photograph of Jon Osterman (his former self) and Janey Slater (his ex-girlfriend) floats down the hallway. (NOTE: Supplemental material from Doomsday Clock #2 and Doomsday Clock #5 tell us that Doomsday Clock‘s narrative paradoxically occurs in both December 2017 and late May 2019. Obviously this is impossible. It’s likely not the former. It could be the latter, but it might not be. See above footnote for details.)

–Doomsday Clock #5
Ozymandias easily escapes from his police-guarded hospital room and reclaims Bubastis. Meanwhile, news comes in from Chechnya. Hawk and Dove have been arrested by the Rocket Red Brigade after aiding Chechen rebels against Russian armored police. In response, Red Star announces he is coming out of retirement to work for the Russian government. In St. Petersburg, Pozhar goes on live TV to trash Firestorm and announce that Russia’s borders are closing. Within hours, President Vladimir Putin publicly introduces the new lineup of the People’s Heroes (Pozhar, Red Star, Lady Flash, Vostok, Negative Woman, and Black Eagle), declaring them Russia’s official defenders. As per their alliance, Putin says the People’s Heroes will work hand-in-hand with Markovian armed forces, including Geo-Force’s very own Outsiders team, which has been usurped from Batman. The new Outsiders consist of Geo-Force, the Eradicator (possibly merged with Dr. David Connor again), Baroness Bedlam (likely a relative of Baron Bedlam), Charlie Wylde, Terra IV, and Knightfall (likely someone related to ex-Outsiders Atomic Knight and Windfall). At the old folks home, Johnny Thunder reads about a mysterious green flame that has been spotted in a steel mill in Pittsburgh. Knowing that it’s the the lantern-shaped Starheart (the fiery emerald—and sentient—source of his old friend Alan Scott’s powers), Johnny breaks out and heads toward the Iron City via bus. As the Comedian carves his way through Gotham, Marionette and the Mime do the same, learning that Joker and his gang are joining the anti-Bat protests at GCPD HQ. Meanwhile, Batman locates the Owlship in Joker’s old abandoned circus yard and waits patiently for Ozymandias to arrive. Just as they greet each other, a news bulletin goes out telling that the city government has caved to the pressure and put out a warrant for Batman’s arrest. As Batman and Ozymandias fly over the city and argue with each other, more news from abroad reaches the States. Black Adam violated international law, crossing into Syria to rescue Jack Ryder from King Kobra, after which declaring Kahndaq as a refuge for any metahumans seeking asylum. Simultaneously, the US Government decides to pull all of its troops out of the Middle East. With Superman listening outside the window, Lois Lane visits Lex Luthor in the hospital, accusing him of being responsible for the Supermen Theory and subsequent world turmoil. He denies being involved, revealing that his sources believe the secret head of the Department of Metahuman Affairs is an ex-Justice Leaguer. In Gotham, GCPD HQ is overrun, the Batsignal is smashed, and Commissioner Gordon is knocked unconscious. Ozymandias dumps Batman out of the Owlship into the arms of the angry protestors, who swarm the Dark Knight. A battered and beaten Batman is approached by Joker, Marionette, and the Mime. Concurrently, at the All American Steel Mill in Pittsburgh, Johnny Thunder finds the green lantern and is rescued from some junkie attackers by Rorschach and Saturn Girl, who has her Legion ring. (NOTE: Supplemental material from Doomsday Clock #2 and Doomsday Clock #5 tell us that Doomsday Clock‘s narrative paradoxically occurs in both December 2017 and late May 2019. Obviously this is impossible. It’s likely not the former. It could be the latter, but it might not be. See above footnote for details.)

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #5-6. Several nations’ superhero teams go public. Russia adds to its People’s Heroes roster, making the complete lineup as follows: Pozhar (ex-Red Shadows and Rocket Red Brigade), Black Eagle, Firebird (Pozhar’s neice and ex-Soyuz), Lady Flash (ex-Blue Trinity), Morozko (ex-Soyuz), Negative Woman (ex-Checkmate, Agency, and Doom Patrol), Perun (ex-Soyuz), Red Star (ex-Teen Titan), Rusalka (ex-Soyuz), Snow Owl, Steel Wolf (ex-Red Shadows and Suicide Squad), Tundra (ex-Global Guardians), Vikhor (ex-Soyuz), and Vostok (ex-Others). Markovia’s Outsiders lineup, which consists of ex-Outsiders or folks related to the Outsiders in some way, remains unaltered. The UK’s Knights Inc consists of Knight (ex-Club of Heroes, Ultramarine Corps, and Batman Inc), Beaumont, Canterbury Cricket, Crusader, Godiva (ex-JLI), Golden Pharaoh, the Hood (ex-Batman Inc, Spyral, and THEY), Jack O’Lantern (ex-Global Guardians, Leymen, and Ultramarine Corps), Looking Glass (ex-Blasters), Lionheart, Mrs. Hyde, Ridge (ex-Ravagers), Silent Knight, The Squire, and Templar (ex-Conglomerate). The new French-run Justice League Europe features Crimson Fox (ex-JL, Université Notre Dame des Ombres, and Global Guardians), Fleur-de-Lis (ex Département Gamma, Global Guardians, and Ultramarine Corps), The Hunchback, Musketeer (ex-Club of Heroes and Global Guardians), Nightrunner (ex-Batman Inc), and Thief of Arts. Israel unveils a new Hayoth: Seraph (ex-Global Guardians), Dybbuk (ex-Hayoth), Golem (ex-Hayoth and Leymen), Judith (ex-Hayoth), Pteradon, and Ramban (ex-Hayoth). India’s The Doomed features Celsius (ex-Doom Patrol and Black Lantern Corps), Aalok of the Komeriah, Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man (ex-Front Men), Aruna Shende, Beast Girl, Maya (ex-JLE), Solstice (ex-Teen Titans), and Son of Kalki (Celsius’ sister). China expands its Great Ten into the Great Twenty, consisting of Super-Man (ex-JLC and Ministry of Self-Reliance), Accomplished Perfect Physician (ex-Great Ten), Bat-Man (ex-JLC and Ministry of Self-Reliance), August General in Iron (ex-Great Ten, JLI, and Checkmate), Celestial Archer (ex-Great Ten), Dao (ex-Zhuguan), Flash Avery Ho (ex-JLC, China White Triad, and Ministry of Self-Reliance), Ghost Fox Killer (ex-Great Ten), Gloss (ex-New Guardians and Global Guardians), Guanxi (ex-Zhuguan), Immortal Man in Darkness (ex-Great Ten), Mother of Champions (ex-Great Ten), Night-Dragon, Ri (ex-Zhuguan), Seven Deadly Brothers (ex-Great Ten), Shaolin Robot (ex-Great Ten), Socialist Red Guardsman (ex-Great Ten), Striker Z (ex-Power Company), Thundermind (ex-Great Ten), and Wonder-Woman (ex-JLC and Ministry of Self-Reliance). Japan alters its Big Science Action into Big Monster Action, consisting of Rising Sun (ex-Global Guardians and Big Science Action), Goraiko (ex-Ultramarine Corps and Big Science Action), Hammersuit Zero-X (ex-Big Science Action), Judomaster (ex-Birds of Prey), Naiad (ex-Parliament of Waves), Ram (ex-New Guardians and Global Guardians), Samurai, and several unnamed domesticated kaiju. Iran’s Elite Basu features Sayeh the Seer (ex-Others), The Blacksmith of Tehran (likely Amunet Black, meaning ex-Rogues), Manticore (likely Saied, meaning ex-Jihad, Injustice League, and Leviathan), The Patient One, Sirocco, and Super-Shayk. Australia’s team is called The Sleeping Soldiers, comprising Dreamer (ex-New Guardians), The Argonaut, Dark Ranger (ex-Batman Inc), Miss Midnight, the Tasmanian Devil (ex-Global Guardians, Ultramarine Corps, and JLI), and Umbaluru. Black Adam doesn’t go public with his Kahndaqi team’s lineup, which numbers in the dozens, but the DMA is aware that Syrian metahuman and former Global Guardian Sandstorm has joined him. (NOTE: It is unknown whether the late May or late July dates attached to this reference—taken from supplemental material in Doomsday Clock #5-6—are correct.)

  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: From a previous footnote, but worth repeating here. Doomsday Clock seems to use a deliberately screwy timeline, which doesn’t make much sense in the normal linear sense of things. I will break down the discrepancies issue by issue and try to explain them (and how I am handling them in regard to my chronology).

    Doomsday Clock #1: Released November 22, 2017. On Earth-Watchmen, we are told it is November 22, 1992 or November 23, 1992 in the very first line. And in the very fist line, writer Geoff Johns begins what will seemingly be a recurring theme in this series: dates are not to be trusted. Supplemental material shows newspapers from a couple weeks earlier, dated November 5, 1992. Thus, the November 22 date seems merely to correlate with the release date of this issue.

    Doomsday Clock #2: Released December 27, 2017. The “dates can’t be trusted” theme continues with a flashback security video sequence in which Marionette says “Happy Monday” and the banker says, “It’s Wednesday.” Marionette replies, “Whatever.” Supplemental material shows internet articles dated December 7, 2017, December 10, 2017, December 11, 2017, and December 20, 2017. This seems to place the main action of Doomsday Clock in mid to late December or early January. Despite it being November in the previous issue, we can chalk this up to the fact that issue #2 brought us to a new Earth. The December 7, 2017 article in the supplemental material says that Helga Jace’s Supermen Theory first started six months prior, which would mean June 2017. The December 2017 seems merely to correlate with the release date of the issue.

    Doomsday Clock #3: Released January 24, 2018. The “dates can’t be trusted” theme continues with Batman’s dialogue, “I ran a search for temporal anomalies.” Johnny Thunder says it’s the first Monday of the month. While the senile fella is far from a reliable timekeeper, we can use this to place us on the calendar. As per the last issue, we have to be either in mid to late December or early January. Thus, if we take Johnny’s line as gospel, then we must be (and must have been) in January this whole time. The January date also correlates with the release date, so take that for what it’s worth.

    Doomsday Clock #4: Released March 28, 2018. The “dates can’t be trusted” theme with Mothman’s dialogue: “It’s warm for December. They say the dimensional rift that opened altered our seasonal clock. It’s going to snow in June. Isn’t that funny?” March is not referenced in the issue.

    Doomsday Clock #5: Released May 30, 2018. Clark mentions that it’s “ten years too late” to ask someone else to be Jon’s godfather. This implies that Jon was born roughly ten years ago, placing us in 2017/2018. However, specific mention is made of Johnny Thunder being 102-years-old. Johns’ “The Button” told us specifically Johnny was born in 1917, which would put us in 2019. This seems very deliberate, as if Johns is course correcting, placing us in 2019 where we need to be by story’s end (i.e. when Doomsday Clock will end publication). Supplemental material gives the date May 30, 2019! May 30 correlates with the release date.

    Doomsday Clock #6: Released July 25, 2018. This issue picks up immediately where issue #5 leaves off. Supplemental material places the primary action of issue #6 on Wednesday July 25, correlating exactly with the release date of the comic. No specific year is attached.

    CONCLUSION: Clearly, the dates are being deliberately screwy and should not be exactly relied upon. Johns, in late 2017, said in interviews that the story would wind up being one year ahead of other ongoing DC stories. Since we know Doomsday Clock will end in 2019, we must assume that 2019 is when Doomsday Clock is taking place. Most of the dates, especially in supplemental material are therefore irrelevant, merely referencing the release dates of the issues. Nevertheless, I will use the dates as best I can to place things accordingly, when I am able to do so. For example, there seems to clearly be about six months from the Supermen Theory going public to the current events of Doomsday Clock, but as to exact dates, I cannot say for sure. Why is Johns doing this (if it is indeed deliberate)? Might it have something to do with the theme or with Dr. Manhattan’s manipulation? Only time will tell (pun intended).

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