‘Doomsday Clock’ #1 Review: The Watchmen Return

Doomsday Clock WatchmenLast year, DC announced that they were giving their comic books a makeover with DC Rebirth. In DC Rebirth, Wally West, a.k.a. Kid Flash, fought his way out of the Speed Force to reunite with his mentor and current Flash, Barry Allen, only to find out that an unknown force has been messing with their reality. Wally tried to escape the Speed Force multiple times before finding success with Barry, once by going to the greatest detective in the world for help. The centrifugal energy Wally used to talk to Batman also spit out an important item all the while merging the DC and The Watchmen universes. Batman finds the Comedian’s smiley face button on the the floor of his cave leading him and The Flash on a mission to find who it belonged to. At the end of the book it was revealed to us that Dr. Manhattan was the architect of the reality change that plagued all of our favorite heroes.

While Batman and The Flash had their main storylines to worry about, they were still investigating the button. When Batman gets a lead he sets up a meeting with The Flash. That gets interrupted by none other than Eoabard Thawne who beats the living hell out of Batman and then dies before Barry reaches the Batcave. This leads the Dark Knight and the Scarlet Speedster on a time-traveling mission where they uncover that reality is unraveling. At the end of the book, Thawne finds Dr. Manhattan in the same place he was during Rebirth, adding more depth to this mystery.

It was announced in May that the third part to the mystery would be titled “Doomsday Clock,” have 12 issues and hit stores in November. Doomsday Clock would officially introduce other Watchmen characters to DC Comics lore. I’ve read the first issue and it perfectly acts as a sequel to Alan Moore’s Watchmen miniseries while intertwining the universes.

Doomsday Clock begins with a journal entry from Rorschach. It seems like not much time has passed since Watchmen. The world is on the brink of nuclear destruction and Rorschach is in the middle of a prison break. His boss, Ozymandias, hires the escapees to help find God/Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias reveals he doesn’t have much longer to live as he suffers from cancer. It is also heavily implied that this is not the same Rorschach we know and love. As you remember, Walter Kovacs kind of died at the end of Watchmen. The comic pans to a sleeping Clark Kent who is having a nightmare about the death of his parents. He gets comforted by Lois and the comic ends perfectly combining the Watchmen and DC Universe.

Doomsday Clock is Geoff John’s return to comics after DC Rebirth and he comes back swinging. He encapsulated the feel and energy of Watchmen so perfectly you would think it was Alan Moore penning the book. The mystery of what exactly Dr. Manhattan has planned continues to get interesting and you haven’t the slightest idea what they’ll do next. The way Johns writes the characters feels right and Gary Frank’s artwork makes the book feel whole. Merging the Watchmen and DC Universes was the smartest idea that DC has come up with in a long time. It makes everything feel fresh. When you hit the final page you just want more.

Score: 9.5/10

“Doomsday Clock will feature twelve issues releasing over a year-long period beginning on November 22, 2017. The story will include many DC characters but has particular focus on Superman and Doctor Manhattan. Johns felt like there was interesting story to be told in Rebirth with Doctor Manhattan.”

Doomsday Clock #1 is available at comic retailers starting today!

5 Potential Marvel TV Shows To Rival HBO’s ‘Watchmen’

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Marvel TV Moon Knight Illuminati The SentryWith Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of both Lost and The Leftovers, developing a Watchmen show for HBO, Marvel needs a new TV hit. Don’t get me wrong, I know Agents of Shield still has a huge following, but I stopped watching the Netflix shows during the second season of Daredevil. And FX’s Legion was just… okay for me. It’s not that I don’t love Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, but it’s not fair to put lower-tier characters like them in competition with a juggernaut like Watchmen.

HBO was clearly taking notes when Netflix started releasing their shows, so this seems like a great moment for Marvel to take some notes on their competition. If DC is going to churn out a Watchmen series, then Marvel needs to dig deep into their libraries to find stories worthy of being brought to the silver screen.

So hit Next to find out about five properties Marvel should consider adapting if they want to match HBO’s Watchmen.

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Nate Brail

Nate Brail

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