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Doomsday Clock #1

by Batmanaruto on November 20, 2017

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gary Frank
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Publisher: DC Comics

Watchmen is truly the holy grail of comics. It is the one book, where a sequel is generally shot down and the very idea is surrounded by negative critique. This is partially because the book is so good, past attempts have been alright but nothing special and finally the criticism from Alan Moore.
Miraculously Geoff Johns managed to get people on board for the possibility of a watchmen sequel when he wrote DC Universe: Rebirth #1. The book was well written and also hinted at there being a possible connection between the DC Universe and the Watchmen Universe. The book brought pack a sense of mystery and wonder that it felt the DC Universe was missing. Now he is writing Doomsday Clock to clue readers in on what is happening with the DC Universe. The question on everybody’s mind is whether he did a good job?
I have to say that for the most part he did. The issue’s main purpose is to set out the main goal of the characters in the series, whilst catching the reader up as to what is going on in the current Watchmen Universe. We see that it feels as if everything that can go wrong is going wrong, and the world is hopeless. Everything set up at the end of Watchmen is crashing down. The feeling of complete hopelessness is really what makes the goal of the characters feel significant and is also definitely intriguing.
In conclusion Johns writes a really strong first issue and Frank’s artwork is incredible. The artwork isn’t similar to that of Gibbons but uses the nine panel grid structure and builds dark and dreary world perfectly. It is easy to see why Johns wanted Frank on this book.  The issue is both enjoyable and interesting, and the world he built just begs to be explored. He does introduce new characters which definitely could throw a spanner in the works, but also introduces us to characters from the original series, some the same and some different. This is a book worth picking up.

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