DC’s “Doomsday Clock” opens to terrific reviews and fanfare

After taking nearly a year and a half off from writing comics, DC icon Geoff Johns has returned this week with the release of his 12-part series, Doomsday Clock. And just like the last book Johns wrote, DC’s Rebirth, Doomsday Clock is receiving heaps of praise from reviewers and fans everywhere.

Here are just a few blurbs from a few of the many immensely positive reviews:

“Doomsday Clock looks to be a slow burn, but one that expertly captures the feel of a true comic book classic.” – IGN

“Where Johns exceeds Moore is in how much of a page-turner this issue is. Watchmen rewards slow and close readers of each panel, but never reaches a point where readers find themselves quickly devouring its issues. Doomsday Clock #1 is filled with dialogue and narration, but Johns’ skill in crafting a spectacle is second to none in the modern age of comics. This isn’t a mystery story and it isn’t perfect, but as the third act of an epic that began with Rebirth and continued in The Button, it’s hard not to get chills at the onset of this blockbuster comic.” – Newsarama

“With Gary Frank at his side Johns is perfectly equipped to create yet another amazing comic. Though almost all of DC is starting to become his responsibility, Johns can still create one hell of a story. DC’s prodigal son once again creates an unforgettable comic. Here’s to many, many more.” – Bounding Into Comics

The synopsis for Doomsday Clock is as follows:

“Doomsday Clock is part of the DC Rebirth line of comics and continues the narrative established with 2016’s one-shot DC Universe: Rebirth Special #1 and 2017’s crossover “The Button”. The miniseries will introduce characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal work Watchmen (1986–1987) into the DC Universe.[2] The series was revealed on May 14, 2017, with a teaser image displaying the Superman logo in the 12 o’clock slot of the clock depicted in Watchmen and the series title in the bold typeface used for Watchmen.[3] Doomsday Clock will feature twelve issues releasing over a year-long period beginning on November 22, 2017.[4]

The story will include many DC characters but has particular focus on Superman and Doctor Manhattan. Johns felt like there was interesting story to be told in Rebirth with Doctor Manhattan. He thought there was an interesting dichotomy between Superman—an alien who embodies and is compassionate for humanity—and Doctor Manhattan—a human who has detached himself from humanity. This led to over six months of debates amongst the creative team about whether to intersect the Watchmen universe with the DC Universe. He explained that Doomsday Clock was the “most personal and most epic, utterly mind-bending project” that he had worked on in his career.”

Written by | Omar Hussain

Omar Hussain serves as the Publisher and Managing Editor of the Heroic Universe.