Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Doomsday Clock #9 by Geoff Johns - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The critically acclaimed series by master storytellers Geoff Johns and Gary Frank reaches its most shocking chapter yet when the DC Universe collides with its greatest threat: Dr. Manhattan. But nothing is hidden from Manhattan, and the secrets of the past, present and future will rock the very foundation of the DC Universe.

Doomsday Clock #9 by Geoff Johns finally brings the DC heroes face to face with Dr. Manhattan. After figuring out the source behind Firestorm's explosion is on Mars, most of the heroes leave Earth to confront whoever or whatever is responsible. What results is a pretty cool confrontation with Dr. Manhattan, who finds himself trying to explain how he can see/hear everything and be everywhere simultaneously. Before he can, though, a battle ensues (my favorite part is Captain Atom, whom Dr. Manhattan was a stand-in for in Watchmen, attacking Dr. Manhattan).  This is basically the battle readers have been waiting for since it was hinted that Dr. Manhattan was behind everything. Although, I'm beginning to think he isn't behind it after all.

Additionally, this issue contains Bruce Wayne coming to some sort of important conclusion about what has been happening, and Lex Luthor approaching Lois Lane with information. There is also a very interesting focus on Dr. Manhattan before all the fireworks, where he describes various decisions he can make in the past and how they will affect the future of Earth, which seems to end in 3019. Manhattan describes how he can't see anything past a certain point, and he rather enjoys not knowing the outcome already.

Johns is now left with three issues to wrap up the multiple storylines that he has going on, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how he does this. I'm no closer to understanding the mystery behind all of these events at this point than I was when I began reading Doomsday Clock, but I'm just as interested in finding out. This is due to the wonderful story and plotting of Johns, who has captured the spirit of Watchmen and brought it into the mainstream DC Universe. I feel like there will be long ranging effects from this series, but with it being behind schedule, have we already seen some of the consequences? I'm particularly wondering about Wally West, who is currently dead in the Heroes in Crisis mini-series but is one of the main figures affected by the maneuverings of Dr. Manhattan, or whoever is actually responsible for the many DC crises events.

I continue to give my highest recommendation to Doomsday Clock. Johns is doing a fantastic job, and this should be required reading for all DC fans.

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

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