Doomsday Clock #1 Review (Second Opinion)

Posted November 21, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Geoff Johns

Art by: Gary Frank and Brad Anderson

Published by: DC Comics

Geoff Johns returns to the writer’s table with a stellar return to the world of Watchmen.

He brings gravitas back not only to DC Comics but in this chapter shows how important Watchmen was originally. The story told here is timely and very topical in more ways than one. From socio-political to moral, Johns understands what kind of story needs to be told in this time; he does it in such a way that it is both entertaining, and serves well as a first issue. He has not only recreated the Watchmen universe but also expanded on it and that is ultimately the great achievement of this book.

The book looks and feels like a true sequel to Watchmen, and there is a time and a place to talk about how necessary this really was, but being that Johns has been leading to this point throughout the Rebirth titles, little crumbs throughout multiple books, nobody can really dispute the importance of this book. The book does suffer from some pacing issues but never enough to put the story at a standstill. The facts are that Johns’ meticulous direction in this book, his love for the source material of Watchmen and ultimately not cheapening the source material should really be commended here.

Gary Frank. I mean what can really be said about one of the greatest artists of all time that has not been said before. He recreates Johns’ script here so carefully that even the simplest of panels sometimes you have to look back twice on to make sure you have not missed something. More than that, he did something very important here. He did not make this “Watchmen by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank”. This book visually is something that I can only compare to Blade Runner 2049 in a sense that it just feels like a natural progression and the world feels lived in and developed. More than that, Frank’s art acts like a natural progression from Dave Gibbons and never did I think that the art was jarringly different from what has already established previously.

One of the biggest questions that still remain here is how the larger DC universe is really going to be fitting here, but as the direction of this book is going, and Johns’ track record, it is evident he has a vision for all of it and the only thing we are going to really need to see is just what kind of repercussions we are going to have by the end of this event. So far the transition between the two worlds seems natural but we will see in future chapters just how deep that connection will go.

Doomsday Clock is that rare thing in comics nowadays, no 50 million tie-ins, just a pure event book and this certainly gives us hope for an even brighter future at DC Comics.

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