Wednesday, January 24, 2018

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #3 by Geoff Johns - Book Review

From the publisher: 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.

Geoff Johns continues the epic series Doomsday Clock with issue #3. There are a bunch of things happening in this issue that really added to the story. Batman and Rorschach are working together to find Dr. Manhattan; Adrian Veidt and the Comedian have a confrontation that also sheds some light on the Watchmen series; and Mime and Marionette stop for a drink in the wrong bar, and discover the owner may not care for them.

All three of these storylines add to the overall story Johns is telling. The interaction between Batman and Rorschach in particular seems to final start pushing the mainstream DC characters into the main hunt for the person who messed with their pasts. Marionette and Mime also run afoul of a big-time DC character, and the potential there is enormous, and it could go one of two ways, either of which I'm excited to read about.

Interwoven between the three main arcs is the story of Johnny Thunder, who is desperately trying to find and reunite with his "Thunderbolt". Unfortunately, Johnny is an old man who may or may not have dementia, and nobody believes what he is trying to tell them. In the background of his scenes, two senior citizens are watching, and arguing about, an old noir movie about a PI named Nathaniel Dusk. The actor who played Dusk also happened to be killed in an unsolved murder. I'm not sure what exactly this has to do with the search for Dr. Manhattan, but Alan Moore had seemingly unrelated things like this running throughout Watchmen, and they all pointed to or tied in with the main themes of the book, so I'm expecting Johns to do something similar. What, exactly, remains to be seen.

I liked Doomsday Clock #3 better than the first two issues. I felt like the story moved forward, and as I mentioned earlier, there are a couple of story threads that I'm really looking forward to seeing continue. Geoff Johns is doing a super job with this series, and I highly recommend it.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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