After what I felt was an underwhelming first issue, I had taken the time to reread it twice more. I did so with the hopes that perhaps I just had my hopes set too high. But after doing so, I still found myself letting out a disappointed, “Meh,” and then proceeding to tell myself, “it’s only the first issue, Russ, nothing to get worried over.” Well, the clock has struck 11:57 twice, and the second issue is here.
I’m glad that I told myself there was nothing to worry about. Where Geoff Johns had the first issue too slow (for my taste) in both pacing and overall moving of the plot forward and told from a mostly partisan lens in regard to paralleling both political and simple events in reality to that of our own, this issue pulled back on the joystick and managed to avoid crashing into the ground. Almost a bit of a course correction, but in the aspect of understanding that going too heavy-handed in a somewhat unpopular area could spell doom.
One of my biggest questions out of the first issue was why Ozymandias had chosen Marionette and Mime. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around why they were so pivotal to the story. If I’m being honest, and let’s be real, I always am– it seemed a bit out-of-place. If you take that first issue at face value, they’d almost feel like throw aways. Of course, whenever a writer introduces characters like Johns had them, it’s usually clear that there’s a whole lot more behind said characters than what we’re initially seeing.
And this is where this issue paid off in comparison to the first…
Johns did a lot more story building. He answered my biggest, as we can see (panel to right) that for some odd reason, (and even so to Rorschach and Ozymandias), Dr. Manhattan spared them — Marionette and Mime.
Now this sets them up– or at least Marionette since I have this feeling Mime will bite the dust, but Marionette being set up as a pivotal character in the story. She’s a piece to the puzzle, and one that Ozymandias is hoping to use in order to convince Dr. Manhattan to save their universe. I feel like there’s something with a child going on here. The close up shot of Marionette’s stomach, and the photograph of a young boy. I don’t know what just yet, but my gut (again) is turning and saying to keep an eye open.
Gary Frank did an absolutely amazing job on this issue. I didn’t realize it in the first, but his style is very much so similar to and reflects Dave Gibbons. It does make this title feel like it’s continuing where Alan Moore (writer, creator of WATCHMEN) and Gibbons left off.
Of course, I’m still waiting to see Moore’s freak out over this whole “event”. Fingers crossed everybody, it aught to be a good one.
A huge negative I have with this issue comes from Johns spoiling it a while back, when he said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly,
The smartest man from this world, DC, is Lex Luthor.
I think this is one of the most debated– eh, who are we kidding, argued things in the comic book fandom outside of Superman vs Batman, who’s richer: Batman, Iron Man or Black Panther, and who’s stronger: Superman or Hulk? It was set up perfectly to be a huge reveal that Luthor is smarter than Bruce, but it lost any “bang”– heh, wait for it– as a reveal.
Of course, the real shock and reveal is what followed Ozymandias and Luthor’s meeting. Luthor being shot in what looked to be the heart, it leaves us hanging and wondering whether he’s dead or not. And knowing that DOOMSDAY CLOCK takes place a full year ahead of the rest of DC Comics‘ continuity could mean gigantic spoilers for the rest of the line depending on what happens.
Now, I’m going to admit to you here that who we see pulled the trigger is what I’m beyond willing to say is the biggest reveal of twenty-seventeen…
The Comedian LIVES!
After reading dozens of articles speculating what they thought would occur throughout the entirety of DOOMSDAY CLOCK; from a straight up fist fight between Superman and Dr. Manhattan to Batman vs Nite Owl, and even Lex Luthor vs Ozymandias– this wasn’t one of them.
Seeing that the Comedian is still alive, and quite capable I might add, this raises a whole new set of questions. It kind of almost throws everything we thought we knew going into the number-one, and then what we thought we knew after it, all out the window– um, pun not intended.
This issue definitely reignited my interest in DOOMSDAY CLOCK. It gave me this feeling that anything can happen, and it’s too often that the BIG2 — DC Comics and Marvel are missing that. I hope that the next issue is able to sustain the level that Johns just raised the bar to.
This issue is available at the nearest comic shop while supplies last and believe me they’re shooting off of the shelves, and DOOMSDAY CLOCK #3 will be hitting shelves Wednesday, January 24th,
The story takes a turn in the third chapter of this 12-issue series you never thought you’d see, from writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank.