Comic Book Review: Doomsday Clock

Details: More information can be found at https://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/doomsday-clock-2017/doomsday-clock-part-1

Score: 7.4/10

This is yet another series that would’ve been great if not for they messed up publication schedule. The series was delayed again and again and the final issue didn’t come out for months. For anyone trying to keep up with this series, they’ve long lost all the motivation and interest that drove them to purchase the comic book in the first place. Which is a shame, because when read together, these twelve issues are worthy as a sequel to the Watchmen franchise and as a new jumping off point for the DC comic book universe.

Doomsday Clock takes place in the present day of the DC Comics universe. If you haven’t been keeping up, DC Comics rebooted their universe about ten years back in order to attract new readers. It’s a common thing to do in the comic book industry. They made their most popular heroes (Batman, Superman, etc.) younger and erased years of continuity from all of these heroes in order to be able to retell them again in more modern ways. Doomsday Clock tries to explain this time jump through narrative reasons (rather than financial) and explains that an omnipotent force was responsible for the time jump. That omnipotent force has a lot to do with the characters from the Watchmen and how elements of their world are spilling over into the DC Comics. That’s all I’ll say about that in fear or spoilers.

The biggest accomplishment in this book is the writing. It sounds a lot like the old Watchmen dialogue, all that wordiness and excessively melodramatic stuff, except it’s better. Remember that Watchmen came out decades ago. The dialogue is dated. Doomsday Clock does a great job emulating that dialogue and story structure while also trying to tell its own story.

The art is great. I’m a fan of Gary Frank and I enjoyed his work on this book.

Overall, this was a great story when read in a single sitting. That means you should get the trade paperback if you plan on reading it. Unfortunately, I read it as it was being published and felt the ending lacked weight. After I went back and reread everything all over again, my opinion changed. The ending made sense and had emotional weight to it. The over all structure made a lot more sense. After I went back and looked at the original Watchmen book again, the book became even more meaningful.

If you are a fan of the Watchmen, you’ll feel welcome in this story. This book let’s readers revisit those characters while expressing contemporary themes and an opinion on present day events, just like the old Watchmen book.

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