Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Doomsday Clock #11 by Geoff Johns - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The critically acclaimed series by the renowned team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank marches toward its conclusion. In this penultimate issue, the truth behind “Rebirth” is revealed as Batman searches for the one person he believes can help him save the world…Rorschach!

I've really enjoyed Doomsday Clock, in spite of the irregular publishing schedule and the sometimes multiple storylines that have yet to converge. In fact, I'm really really curious to find out how everything ties together and how it all ends. Geoff Johns has done a fine job capturing some of the feel of Alan Moore's original Watchmen, while creating something new, current, and relevant to DC's multiple resets/reboots/rebirths over the years. Using Dr. Manhattan and the Watchmen storyline to explain the various continuity changes is actually quite brilliant, and it seems like this could have been the master plan all along (although it wasn't, was it?).

Which brings me to Doomsday Clock #11. Johns has been weaving a very intertwined story with so many different threads that its impossible to give them each adequate time in every issue. But with only two issues left, Johns uses one to finally reveal Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias's plan, and it is a doozy. I'm going to refrain from spoilers, so suffice it to say that Veidt's scheme is incredibly complicated and complex, maybe moreso than in Watchmen. We've been given bits and pieces, so there is not a lot of new info to reveal, but the wheels-within-wheels are finally connected for the reader. I'm still waiting for a couple of things, though. One, Imra aka Saturn Girl, appears to be addressed in this issue. However, I want to know how Johnny Thunder and Thunderbolt play into this whole thing. If I remember correctly, an elderly Johnny has been looking for his Thunderbolt as far back as the Rebirth special that started the current DC continuity, so some resolution to this mystery would be nice.

I highly recommend Doomsday Clock #11 by Geoff Johns. At this point, you're either reading the series as its released so this is a must read, or you're waiting for the collected edition. I'm glad I've hung in there on this series, and with one issue left, I can't wait to see how Johns wraps it up.

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

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