Year Sixteen (Part 2)

 

(July 2018 to December 2018)

 

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–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2 and Doomsday Clock #5. Geneticist Dr. Helga Jace and a team of international scientists publicly release preliminary findings as part of an ongoing study into what they call the “Supermen Theory.” Jace and company have reason to believe that the concentration of worldwide metahumans existing primarily in the United States isn’t a random occurrence. Jace also releases findings that show that the proliferation of superhuman activity over the past ten to fifteen years—especially in America—has been the direct result of a secret US government program. Jace claims further that many US superheroes and super-villains alike are actually government agents, playing out predetermined roles, or lab experiments designed to be living weapons of mass destruction. Troubled by this possibility, Bruce begins putting a profusion of money into metagene research at Wayne Enterprises. He also purchases Dayton Labs from its owner, Steve Dayton (aka Mento). Likewise, Lex Luthor also begins pouring money into metagene research and the acquisition of new science-and-tech companies. (NOTE: Based upon supplemental material in Doomsday Clock #2, this item occurs about six months prior to Metamorpho and Dr. Kirk Langstrom getting outed as a government agents and the start of Lex Luthor ramping up his anti-metahuman campaign. However, the dates attached to the supplemental material in Doomsday Clock #2, which hint at June 2017, must be ignored.)

  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: 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).