It’s been close to 30 years since Rorschach wandered around New York City with a sign reading, “The end is nigh” in the comic Watchmen. Now, ahead of DC’s Doomsday Clock #1, writer Geoff Johns reveals one major way that DC’s new crossover series ominously updates Rorschach’s sign, which now reads “The end is here.”

In anticipation of Doomsday Clock, which will be released on November 22, Geoff Johns revealed in a new video interview why DC released several specific panels from the new comic as a sneak preview. One of them, a close-up of a sign that said “The end is here,” was chosen as a “direct correlation and contrast” to the original Watchmen.

“They’re all chosen for a specific reason,” Johns said. “The first one is a tight close-up of the sign that says, ‘The end is here.’ It’s a direct correlation and contrast of the original sign Rorshach held, ‘The end is nigh.’ And I really wanted to say, ‘Oh no, the end is here.’ Like there is the threat of the end in Watchmen. This is the end.”

For those who haven’t been keeping up, DC is about to collide its famous superheroes with characters from Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel Watchmen, making it the first time ever that the characters of Watchmen cross over into the main DC Universe. More details will be revealed this week as DC descends upon New York Comic Con this weekend.

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A preview of 'Doomsday Clock' #1.

DC’s Doomsday Clock #1 will be released on November 22.

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