‘Doomsday Clock’ #6: Geoff Johns Teases What's Next For Rorschach, Black Adam, Mime & Marionette

The Watchmen-inspired DC Comics series Doomsday Clock is approaching the halfway point and writer Geoff Johns tells Newsweek to expect a change in perspective for Doomsday Clock #6. The next issue is focused on Mime, Marionette and the Joker. “It's really the Superman Theory and what's going on in the world from the point of view of the supervillains in the DC universe,” Johns teases. 

The former DC Entertainment exec also hinted at answers regarding who's actually involved with the Superman Theory, and said some villains may even consider Black Adam's offer for asylum in Khandaq. “The guy that was standing here next to me the last time we all got together, he was part of it?” Johns asks. “When Black Adam, one of the most powerful metahumans on the planet, says, “You want refuge, you want a fresh start? If you are like a low level villian in this crazy world, what do you do? What are your options?”

The shift to villains is certainly a change of pace from the story so far, which has largely focused on major players from the Watchmen and DC Universes like Rorschach, Batman and Adrian Veidt. Johns points back to the pages of Doomsday Clock #5 when teasing what's to come, honing in on the newscast featuring Killer Frost.

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'Doomsday Clock' #6 cover. DC

“You've got this moment where Killer Frost, who after Firestorm says, “Hey I'm not one of them,” and Killer Frost says, “Oh he totally is. This one is, this one is, I am, you can't trust any of us.” Well, who knows if she's telling the truth or just stirring stuff up? And spoiler alert, she's totally lying, but she's doing it just because she is trying to screw over Firestorm and other people,” Johns explains. “The Superman Theory is supposed to be something that is creating this world tension, reflecting some of how misinformation can actually get very, very dangerous in our world, and in this case, even more so. There is an element of truth to it and that truth is going to be uncovered, and who is behind it and why and what it was designed to do and what's happening, will play a major part in the story.”

Don't overlook the obvious, either. The Superman Theory has Superman in the title for a significant reason that Johns said will become more clear as the story moves forward. “It's really important the Superman Theory is named after Superman, and Lois points out that's why she suspects Lex would paint Superman's name with this,” Johns teases. “There is big paranoia over it, and the only person you can rely on is Superman. The only person the world will rely on is Superman. Lois and Clark are now busy investigating the Superman Theory, and they are starting to uncover that, “Oh my god, there is truth to it.” How big is it?”

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'Doomsday Clock' #6 variant. DC

During the interview, which mainly focused on the philosophy and timeliness of The Superman Theory (which you can read here), John's also briefly spoke on Rorschach. Due to his origin story in Doomsday Clock #4 readers may think he's the character they know best, but that could change as more details about his father are uncovered.

His story will become clearer and clearer, even though though we had his origin, we learn more about Reggie and how and why he became Rorschach. There's a whole other side to it that we will be revealing in the book that we have not revealed yet, that he's not even aware of. If you read Doomsday Clock #4 closely, and you've read Watchmen, there are some misperceptions that Reggie has about Rorschach.”

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'Doomsday Clock' #7 variant. DC

Perhaps the missing notes? In Doomsday Clock #4 we learn Byron Lewis, who was once the superhero Mothman (one of the Minutemen) gave Reggie the first few pages of notes from his father's sessions with the original Rorschach a.k.a. Walter Kovacs. Reggie seems to have based his whole trajectory on this limited impression of his father's relationship with Rorschach. While Johns and seriers artist Gary Frank did not confirm nor deny the importance of the notes specifically, Johns did say that “if you know how Rorschach affected Reggie's father, Reggie doesn't exactly know the truth behind the whole story. And again, it's levels of missing information and lies and truths that we will be dealing with.”

In addition to briefly touching on the weight of the JSA's role, Johns also teased a storyline that has stayed under the radar, the story within the story: Carver Coleman's Nathaniel Dusk films playing inside Johnny Thunder's nursing home.

“It's all connected. That's the point, Gary and I really want to surprise people with where it's going. And the JSA are part of it, [but] they aren't all of it. The book is about much more than the Justice Society. It's about the whole DC universe, but the idea of them plays a pretty significant role. As does Nathaniel Dusk and Carver Coleman, the man who played Nathaniel Dusk in those movies that we are watching, and what those movies are we will get into that more as the issues progress,” he said.

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'Doomsday Clock' #7 cover. DC

Johns adds fans should remember the date of the magazine in the back. “It's a year from now,” he says, “the story is set slightly future in the DC Universe from now. The reality is some people read the issue and they don't go into the back, and I hope they read the backmatter. It's more grounded and inward and for DC fans, if they look closely they will find new ideas and characters that they are going to see come to light.”

Doomsday Clock # 6 arrives in July.