In 1986, Doctor Manhattan, created by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, made his grand entrance into the DC Universe in the graphic novel miniseries, Watchmen. Originally Dr. Jonathan Osterman, a nuclear physicist, the character was transformed after being disintegrated in an Intrinsic Field Subtractor. After being reconstructed, Osterman was drafted into service by the United States government who addressed him as Doctor Manhattan. His vast array of powers and abilities include atom manipulation, teleportation, super-genius intelligence, atomic energy projection, invulnerability, perfect memory, extrasensory and visual powers, dimensional travel, precognition, self-duplication and self-sustenance.
The Watchmen series opens with him working in the Rockefeller Military Research Center. After discovering that his former ally, the Comedian, has been killed, Doctor Manhattan is warned to be on guard. Unfortunately, his troubles only increase when he is accused of causing cancer to humans. Although he initially flees to Mars to avoid the public scrutiny, he eventually returns to Earth. Once home, Doctor Manhattan discovers that Adrian Veidt, a/k/a Ozymandias was behind the cancer claims, in an effort to drive him off Earth. As it turns out, Veidt’s plan to use reactors to kill large groups of people coincidentally averted the looming nuclear war. This causes Doctor Manhattan to realize that exposing the scheme would be too dangerous for Earth.
Watchmen ends with Doctor Manhattan deciding once again to depart Earth, or so it seems. Did you know this wasn’t the last fans would see of the famous Doctor? During DC Comics’ Rebirth event, Doctor Manhattan and the rest of the Watchmen, have been hinted as working behind the scenes of the DC Universe. Now, fans have the chance to dive into the Watchmen world once more in Doomsday Clock. This all-new series, led by Geoff Johns, is arriving November 2017.