Doomsday Clock #1
The biggest mistake readers will make in reading Doomsday Clock #1 is anticipating a quick major payoff like DC Rebirth #1. No, Geoff Johns is way too talented to just repeat his New 52 send-off. Instead, Johns is playing the long game, one that might take a few issues to truly know if it’s the next modern classic. The first issue is a great sign that Johns is content to patiently let the story play out instead of rushing to create the next buzz worthy moment.
That’s apparent as there’s not a major spoiler moment or unexpected reveal. Fans expecting that out of Doomsday Clock should definitely check out the latest installment of Action Comics. The fun of Doomsday Clock’s kickoff is that Johns sets up a story that welcomes questions, imaginations, fan theories and everything in between. There’s a mystery here and maybe Johns sprinkles in some clues this issue, but I’ve got a feeling this is a story that will need to unfold more to make sense of everything. I like that approach a lot as Doomsday Clock already reads like the next great DC story like Kingdom Come or 52.
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Joining Johns for the ride is artist Gary Frank, one of DC’s elite artists and colorist Brad Anderson. This ensures Doomsday Clock will be one of the best looking books through its yearlong run. Frank is a master at showcasing emotion, which is important for a book in many ways inspired by Alan Moore’s Watchmen.
Loathe as I am to force a Marvel vs. DC comparison, Doomsday Clock has a kind of energy and excitement that largely felt missing from Marvel Legacy #1. The most significant moment of the issue wasn’t this crazy twist or big arrival — it was simply a single statement from Superman that suggests we’re in for a memorable ride. This seems like it’s going to be very special.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10